Feeling the need to reconnect with faith and friends? It’s been a difficult year and we haven’t seen each other as much as we’d like. However, we have a new opportunity for us to regroup and reconnect with a small group of people from our church to get back on track with our faith and find a deeper experience of friendship with those we worship alongside. Pick a group and sign up now by emailing sian.conway@smitf.org. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to end this year stronger and more connected. Seven new Being With groups will be starting in the autumn, specifically for the congregation. Pick your favourite member of the clergy or lay leader for a chance to refresh and rejuvenate using different themed reflections and discussions each week. The course will run for 10 weeks, led by:
Sam Wells & Lois Howarth (Wednesday 8-9.30pm),
Sally Hitchiner & Jeff Claxton (Thursday 7.30-9pm),
Richard Carter & Wendy Quill (Tuesday 6.30-8pm),
Catherine Duce & Matt Frost (Thursday 8-9.30pm),
Mel & Steve Adams (Tuesday 7-8.30pm),
Open Circle Leaders (Thursday 8-9.30pm), and
Sally & Russ Rook (Tuesday 6.30-8pm).
Please get in touch with Siân (sian.conway@smitf.org) if you have any questions or to sign up.

Coffee today in the Foyer. Why not buy one for a friend to support St Martin’s?

Liturgy workshop/today, 12-1pm, Zoom, led by Sam Wells. The Disability Advisory Group are preparing for our 9th annual conference on disability & church – Telling Encounters: Stories of Disability, Faith, Church & God is on Saturday 17 October, with a special 10am Eucharist on Sunday 18 October. For more information contact Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan Evens or disability@smitf.org.

Theology Group/today, 6pm. Click here to register for a Zoom invite, with Sam Wells, chaired by Steve Adams from the congregation.

Autumn Lecture Series ‘In What Do We Trust?’ begins 7pm, Monday 14 September with Tom Holland and is followed by Rowan Williams (5 Oct), Neil MacGregor (12 Oct) and Paula Gooder (2 Nov). Limited seating in church is available to book for all lectures, except Rowan Willams’; all will be livestreamed on our Facebook page (no ticket required). The series is free to attend, but if you would like to contribute please click here or text LECTURE to 70085 to donate £5 (texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message). Click here for more information.

C-Club is back Sunday 13 September and then every other week, 4-5pm on Zoom. We have an exciting term lined up, including a Superheroes Party 5-6pm on Saturday 31 October! For more information, email ben.sheridan@smitf.org.

Living God’s Future Now – HeartEdge monthly dialogue/Thursday 10 Sep, 6pm. Sam Wells in dialogue with Stanley Hauerwas on improvising the kingdom. Register for the Zoom link here.

Biblical Studies class/Monday 7 Sep, 7.30-9pm, Zoom. Register online here.

Sermon Preparation Workshop/Tuesday 8 Sep, 4.30pm, livestreamed here.

Reimagining music in church post Covid-19/Tuesday 8 Sep, 6.30pm. This first session considers ‘Congregational focus’. Sign up for the Zoom invite here.

Prayer Garden/Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1.30-3.00pm. This week join Harry on Tuesday and Richard on Wednesday (weather dependent). The Prayer Garden will be open, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, up to the end of September.

Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up/Friday 11 Sep, 4.30-6pm. Fiona MacMillan and guests explore the topic of disabled people, church and coronavirus. Register for the Zoom invite here.

Theology Reading Group/Sunday 20 Sep. The next book we’ll read together is Silence by Shusaku Endo. Email ben.sheridan@smitf.org for more details.