Today/Revd Paul Lau’s retirement as Associate Vicar for Chinese. Rt Revd Andrew Chan will be our preacher as we thank Paul for his 19 years of ministry among us. All welcome to attend his farewell party in the Hall after the 10am service, or events to mark the union of our churches.
New Associate Vicar. Revd Catherine Duce is to join St Martin-in-the-Fields in October 2019 as Assistant Vicar for Partnership Development to further develop HeartEdge in London, while also leading on Nazareth Community partnerships more generally and supporting other key initiatives at St Martin’s. Her appointment has been made possible because St Martin’s has been designated as a resource church by the Diocese of London.
Today/Crèche at St Martin’s. For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. Please ask a steward to show you where to go.
Today/Children’s C-Club Programme, 11.30am, Dick Sheppard Chapel. One day flames came from Heaven. Is the Holy Spirit a ghost or something more? Join us to find out.
Today/Drawing Group/12-2.00pm, George Richards & Austen Willams rooms. Materials, objects to draw and step-by-step help for those beginners are all provided. So, no previous experience is necessary and all are welcome.
Today/Thy Kingdom Come, 12-6pm. A large celebration, hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be held on Trafalgar Square – followed by our 6.30pm Gospel Celebration in the Church.
Today/2pm-5pm. Fundraiser for Christian Aid and Doctors of the World – tea, coffee, cakes, plants and time to relax in a garden. Sarah and Jim Sikorski’s home, 30 Cator Rd, Sydenham, SE26 5DS.
Great Sacred Choral Classics: Faith, Hope and Love – Hope/Monday 10 June, 6.30pm. Join St Martin’s Voices directed by Andrew Earis and led by Revd Dr Sam Wells in a free hour-long exploration of Hope, including Palestrina Sicut cervus and Rutter Look at the world. All are welcome. A retiring collection is taken to support the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
This Week/Bread for the World/Wednesday 12 June, 6.30pm. Bernárd Lynch, Roman Catholic priest, author and psychotherapist, renowned for his human rights work for more than 40 years with HIV and AIDS community and the LGBTIA community, will be reflecting on John 14: 1-3 and incarnational ministry. All are welcome.
Friends of St Martin’s Festival/Saturday 15 June. The Festival will be held in St Martin’s Hall, including AGM, Eucharist and lunch. The afternoon session from 2pm will include contribution from our Associate Vicar for Ministry, Revd Sally Hitchiner, and Katy Shaw on the Building Futures project. All are welcome to share in this exciting day in the life of St Martin’s.
Starting next Sunday/Calling all children with curious minds. Any children who wish to ask a question about God, faith or St Martin’s are welcome to write it on a piece of paper and indicate to our Pastoral Assistant, Francesco (via a steward if necessary) that they wish to ask it. We only have time for one question per week but they are very welcome to bring their question back another week if it is not answered. During the notices, the vicar will ask the child to come forward to read their question. They are welcome to bring a sibling, friend or parent for support. They will read their question to the church and Sam will attempt to answer it. Can you stump the vicar?
Annual Stewards’ Briefing and Bring and Share Lunch/Sunday 16 June, 11.30am-12.30pm. Regular and occasional stewards are welcome. Please confirm your attendance with please contact Kristine Wellington (email@example.com) or your team leader.
Theology Group/Sunday 16 June, 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.
Please join Open Circle, (20s, 30s+), for a picnic at Mudchute Farm on Saturday 15 June 2019 in the afternoon. Please email Francesco Aresco (firstname.lastname@example.org) or email@example.com for more details and to RSVP. If the weather is inclement, Ivan Yuen will be hosting us instead.
Discussion Group/Sunday 23 June. A new informal group led by Georgie, meeting from 12-1pm in the Tutu room to discuss faith, using today’s sermon as a starting point. Future dates are 21 July and 4 August- no need to come to all but dip in and out.
Welcome Course. If you are new to St Martin’s over the past 12 months and would like to find out what we are about and have a chance to make some friends who are also new, you are very welcome to join a 4 week ‘Welcome Course’ run by the clergy from Sunday 23 June to 14 July between 12-1.30pm. There are 8 places available for the first course. A soup and bread lunch is provided. Register with Sally, the Associate Vicar for Ministry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pride 2019. LGBT+ Christians and allies are invited to take part in our activities with Pride in London this year on 6 July. Morning Prayer 9am followed by a commissioning. LGBT+ members are invited to march with http://www.christiansatpride.com/ and allies are invited to support in activities from the sidelines. Sally and Richard are offering prayers and blessings for passers-by throughout the afternoon next to the church.
Parish Away Day: What is Church?/Saturday 13 July. Flyers now available in church – please return an application form or sign up and pay online at http://bit.ly/2Xqrn8L
The Time Is Now. In Westminster on 26 June, Christian Aid is organising a huge event where we can celebrate our faith in action, lobby our political representatives, pray together and energise one another for the challenges to come. Sign up at www.thetimeisnowfaithevents.eventbrite.com for the events held at St Martin’s and Church House, plus sign up for the lobby at https://www.thetimeisnowmap.co.uk.
Meditation Group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm in the DSC. All are welcome.