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Notices 17th December 2017    

 

PARISH OFFICE QUIET DAY

 Please observe the Parish Office quiet day EVERY Wednesday.  Do not disturb!

Admission of Confirmation Candidates to the Catechumenate:  the start of the Journey in Faith course.  Sunday 7th January, 6.30pm.

Beer, Wine & Carols at the  Hop Vine.  Tuesday 19th Tuesday, 7.30pm.

Sister Sally of Mucknell Abbey sends her Christmas greetings to all in St Martin’s for a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Christmas Card posting box is now at the back of Church.

Peggy Osborne  would like to send Christmas greetings to all her old friends at St. Martin’s  and wishes everyone a Happy New Year for 2018.

 A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Sunday 17th December, 6.30pm.

 We Need Your Help!  During the project to replace our lighting and sound systems, which is due to start in January and finish by Easter, the church will be closed from Monday to Friday (apart from Wednesday evenings) while the contractors get on with their work. 

We are planning to establish a rota of volunteers, willing to give up around 30 minutes of their time on specific Saturday mornings as part of a small team ensuring the church is in a reasonable condition for the weekend services.  The work will mainly involve dusting, sweeping and tidying-up  - no previous experience is necessary, so men and teenagers are welcome to participate, as well as women!

If you feel able to give some time, if only an hour or two, to help keep the church ‘open for business’ from January to March 2018, please sign up on the sheet at the back of church.  Thank you.

Fairtrade & Mencap Stalls: Sunday 17th December between Masses.

Christingle making:  Please come along to Church on Saturday 23rd December, 10.00am to help the Brownies and Rainbows.

 

Hillingdon Credit Union 

Launching at Christ the King.  Credit Unions are Co-operatives owned and controlled by local members.  It is monitored by the Financial Conduct Authority (guaranteeing £85,000 for depositors).  It aims to   encourage members to save (current interest rate 1.00% on savings) and to provide low cost loans to members. For more information call 01895 250958 or visit www.hillingdoncu.co.uk.

Posada: Rota now available to sign at the back of Church.

St Martin’s Toddler Group:  Can you join our group of  volunteers.  Friday mornings in term time, 9am-12noon. Please contact Gill Dargue in the Parish Office 01895 625456..

Early Christian Rome and St Benedict at Subiaco. 21st-26th May 2018.  Brochures and application forms are now available.  Speak to Fr Simon if you are interested.  Bookings and deposits must be with Pax Travel by 15th December.

Men's Pilgrimage to Walsingham:  2nd-4th February.  Cost £134, deposit £65.  Please see Fr Simon.

Safeguarding Officer: Judith Kaplan can be contacted anytime.  All communication will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.  07803 159130 or [email protected]

Tea and a Movie  2pm-5pm, Thursday 28th December. For anyone who’d like a bit of company over the Christmas period. Spread the word!   If you can donate a cake or savoury or other baking for afternoon tea - please bring to the Church Hall between 11am and 1.30pm on Thursday 28th December.

Drivers - can you spare an hour or two (1pm-2pm or 5pm-6pm) to give a lift to someone who needs transport to this event? Contact the Parish Office, 01895 625456 to let us know if you can help with driving or food.

A Reverse Advent Calendar to benefit the Food Bank As well as opening a window or taking out a treat every day, you might like to try this idea.  Get a large empty box and each day of Advent put one food item in!  After Christmas donate the full box to the Food Bank.

Please bring boxes to the back of the Lady Chapel on Boxing Day or as early as possible in the week after        Christmas for collection by the Food Bank.

    Record of Family Worship

If you wish your child to be considered for a school place in a local Church School, you must ensure you sign the Record of Family Worship Forms.

The clergy wish to give as much support as possible to any applications.  Parents must provide evidence they have worshiped at S Martin's for the length of time required by the school’s admissions criteria.

Make sure you check the school’s website for details.

Attendance sheets available in 3 places in the Church.

 

URGENTLY WANTED  We are looking for someone to organize the rota and to serve drinks to the mothers and toddlers, Friday mornings 9.15-11.00am in term time. Present incumbent is retiring after nearly 20 years!   Please contact  Pat Turner 020 8866 3396 or  Emma Hodgson 07970 220685.

  

 Supporting the Foodbank

Please support our Food Bank Depot at the back of the Lady Chapel.  When you go shopping, buy one extra item to support families in our borough  who are struggling.

NB: Please check the "Use By" date on your donation.

 The Foodbank is short of

 Sugar (500g),  UHT milk, juice & squash (max 1 litre),  jars of jam etc.  mash potato (dry), noodles,                      tinned spaghetti & bags for life.  Thank you.

The foodbank is short of all tinned meat.

 

 

      Important Dates for your Diary:   

17th December - 6.30pm, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

19th December, 7.30pm - Beer, Wine & Carols at the Hop & Vine. 

20th December, 2.00pm - Outlookers Carol service.

28th December, 12noon - Tea and a Movie.

31st December, 7.30pm - Family New Years Eve Party. 

24th January, 2.00pm - Outlookers Afternoon Tea.

 27th January 2018 - Quiz Night.

 2nd-4th February - Men's Pilgrimage to Walsingham.

 

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