Today/Children’s C-Club Programme, 11.30am, Austen Williams Room. We will think about creation, the universe made by God and our place in it as guardians of the earth.
Today/Confirmation Preparation/12.15-1.15pm, Benenson Room. Adult confirmation classes continue on 12, 19 and 28 May. The Confirmation service is on Wednesday 29 May at 6.30pm with the Bishop of London.
Next Sunday/10am Eucharist/Sunday 12 May. At next Sunday’s 10am Eucharist, we will be welcoming Amber Callaghan and Grace Chichester who will be baptised, and Revd Sally Hitchiner who will be licensed as Associate Vicar for Ministry. Ven Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London, will be the preacher. All are welcome.
Next Week/Meeting of artists & craftspeople’s group/Sunday 12 May, 12 noon, Tutu Room. Meeting to plan further artistic contributions to the St Martin’s community. All are welcome.
Next Week/Christian Aid Week/12-19 May. For more than 70 years, with the help of its amazing supporters, Christian Aid has been helping change the lives of people of all faiths and none living in poverty around the world. It tackles the root causes of poverty so that women, men and children the world over are strengthened against future knocks. And if disasters, like storms and hurricanes, happen, it gets people the help they want straight away. This year Christian Aid will be focusing on maternal health projects in Sierra Leone post-Ebola. For every one maternal death during childbirth in the UK, there are 150 in Sierra Leone. Envelopes will be available on Sunday 12 May for a retiring collection. They can also be brought back on Sunday 19 May when there will also be a retiring collection. Please give generously and gift aid your donation on the envelopes provided.
Annual Report and Accounts: Copies of the 2019 Annual Report and Accounts are available for a donation of £3, or on our website. As last year, the Review of Activities will be available at our Marketplace event, where we share all the different activities that take place in the life of St Martin’s. This year’s Marketplace will take place in September.
Coming Up/Theology Group/Sunday 19 May, 12-1pm, Austen Williams Room. Theology Group is an opportunity to reflect theologically on issues of the day and questions of forever with Revd Dr Sam Wells. All are welcome. Subsequent date: 16 June.
Coming Up/Great Sacred Choral Classics: Faith, Hope and Love – Faith/Monday 20 May, 6.30pm. Join the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields directed by Andrew Earis and led by Revd Dr Sam Wells in a free hour-long exploration of Faith, including Britten Te Deum and Dvořák Credo from Mass in D. All are welcome. A retiring collection is taken to support the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Coming Up/Reading Theology/Wednesday 22 May. The next book for our Reading Theology group will be With the End in Mind written by Kathryn Mannix. It is now in stock at the shop.
Coming Up/Pilgrimage from London to Canterbury/24-27 May 2019. The Pilgrimage is a major fundraising event for the Connection at St. Martin’s and a spiritual journey for all. For details and registrations, contact Eugene Ling on 020 7766 5555, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The International Group is being represented by a group – please sponsor them at https://pilgrimage2019.everydayhero.com/uk/international-group!
Coming Up/Calling all Cricketers. The St Martin-in-the-Fields Community Cricket Club needs you. If you are interested in joining this mixed cricket team (no experience necessary), please contact Roland Merz at email@example.com. We currently have three fixture dates, with more to come: St Mary’s, Wimbledon (18 May, Barn Elms); All Saints, Fulham (22 June, location tbc) and Caribs XI (17 July, Battersea Park). All ages and abilities are welcome to join or support the team.
Leaves for Healing. The Eastertide section of this two-part exhibition, organised by our artists’ and craftspersons’ group, is now available for viewing in the Foyer.
Coming Up/Joint event with our Chinese Congregations/Thursday 6 June 2019, 6.30pm, St Martin’s Hall – talk (in English) followed by drinks reception. Yi Chen will speak on Pots and thrones: ritual bronze vessels of the Shang and Zhou dynasties. Free tickets from https://bit.ly/2LgyMpT or phone Jonathan Evens on 020-7766-1127 and leave your name and phone number.
Coming up/Revd Paul Lau’s retirement as Associate Vicar for Chinese/Sunday 9 June. Rt Revd Andrew Chan will be our preacher as we thank Paul for his 19 years of ministry among us. Please pray for the interviews for Paul’s successor. The Chinese Church Annual Meeting has voted unanimously for the Chinese Church to join with the PCC and become one church from September. We very much look forward to the growing partnership between our congregations.
Save the Date: Parish Away Day. What is Church? This year’s Parish Away Day will be held on Saturday 13 July, for all the parish including C-Club. All are welcome for an inspirational day of reflection and fun to be held at the Focolare Centre in Welwyn Garden City. Flyers available in church and online registration now open: http://bit.ly/2Xqrn8L
Meditation Group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm in the DSC. All are welcome.
Great Sacred Music Podcast. A weekly podcast from St Martin-in-the-Fields. Each Monday Revd Dr Sam Wells offers a short reflection, followed by a hymn or choral piece sung by St Martin’s Voices. To listen, visit www.soundcloud.com/greatsacredmusic or subscribe via iTunes podcasts.