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LENT COURSE 2019

During this years lent Course we will be studying:

St Benedict’s Toolbox:  The Nuts & Bolts of
Everyday Benedictine Living

A fresh look at an ancient way to finding God
through the rhythm of daily life
In Work
In Prayer
In Recreation

The Lent course starts on Tuesday 19th March and will meet in the vicarage at 7:15pm. 

All are welcome to participate.

If you wish to purchase the book to accompany the course, the revised edition  by Jane Tomaine is available to order from Amazon.

THE KEEPING OF LENT

SPECIAL SERVICES FOR LENT

The forty days of Lent are a holy time when we spritiually make the pilgrimage to the cross with Jesus, remembering his words “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  (Matt 16:24)  The goal of Lent is to stay focused on the cross and come to personally understand Jesus’ supreme
sacifice of love

Ash Wednesday – 6th March

12:15pm:  Said Mass with imposition of ashes
7:30pm: Sung Mass with imposition of ashes

First Sunday of Lent – 10th March

10:00am:  Lenten Procession of  Penance and Parish Mass
5:00pm:  Service of Penance and Benediction

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 7th April

5:00pm:  Lenten Evensong and Benediction

 Every Wednesday in Lent

12:15am:  Said Mass followed by Stations of the Cross

 Every Tuesday in Lent from 19th  March

7:15pm:  Lent Course at the Vicarage
ST BENEDICT’S TOOLBOX
For full details CLICK HERE

 

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.  It is a season of penance,
reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

Our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us that life passes away on Earth.  The ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us
develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
The ashes are made from the palms blessed at the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year.  They are christened with Holy Water.  Whilst the ashes symbolise penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and good to those who call on Him with repentant hearts.

 Wednesday 6th March 2019

12:15pm Said Mass with imposition of ashes

7:30pm Sung Mass with imposition of ashes

ELECTORAL ROLL 2019

We are obliged by Church of England rules to maintain an Electoral Roll, which is the register of all voting
church members. It qualifies those on the roll to attend and vote at our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (which this year takes place on Sunday 28 April). The Electoral Roll provides an indication of the true
membership of St Martin’s church.

The Electoral Roll is revised annually in advance of the APCM, and once every six years we renew it from scratch. This year we require EVERYONE to complete a new Electoral Roll application form. It must be
returned to St Martin’s church by Sunday 7 April at the latest.

Application forms are available from church, or you can download a copy here.

Security of your information:  The completed forms are held
securely by the Electoral Roll Officer and the information used solely for Electoral Roll purposes. The Diocese only receives a
summary of the numbers; not individual names.  Application forms from previous revisions of the Electoral Roll are shredded.

If you have any questions, or concerns about the Electoral Roll, please speak with the Electoral Roll Officer, David Webb.


CHRISTMAS AT SAINT MARTIN’S CHURCH

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love. We hope that you will find the time to join us during this festive season to
celebrate the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

Sunday 16th December

10:00am:  Children’s Christmas party including Christingle making in the vestry during parish Mass.  Please phone Fr Victor (01908 372825), or Iola Samuels  (0785 5757005) to let us know your children are coming to the party.

Sunday 23rd December

10:00am:  Parish Mass, including  crib service for the children.

Monday 24th December

11:00pm:  Midnight Mass, including blessing of the crib.

Tuesday 25th December

10:00am:  Mass of the Holy Nativity with carols.

 

ST MARTIN’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

This year, we want to fill the church with
decorated
shoe boxes on the theme of a
Christmas Wonderland.  To enter, all you will need is a shoe box, a few props, some craft
materials and your imagination.  Your shoe box could be a traditional Christmas, or winter scene, but it might also be inspired by your hobby, club, business, school project, etc. 

 

Our partner for the Festival will be the charity Young Carers MK, who work with and support children and young people who care for a family member.
During the festival visitors will be able to appreciate the skills of the exhibitors and enjoy a hot drink and mince pies.  All visitors will be given a voting slip and asked to choose their three favourite
exhibits.  Prizes will be awarded for the best displays during the carol concert.
Opening times for the festival will be:
  • Friday 23rd November 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
  • Saturday 24th November 11:00am – 6:00pm.
  • Friday 30th November 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
  • Saturday 1st December 11:00am – 6:00pm.
  • Sunday 2nd December 4:00pm: Carol concert and prize giving.
There is no charge for entering a shoe box, although you may wish to make a donation towards the cost of staging the event.  If you would like to participate in the festival, please complete the booking form and return by email, or post by Friday 16th November:

Booking form

Shoe Box Guidelines

 

 

OUR PATRONAL FESTIVAL

Join us as we celebrate the feast of our patron, Saint Martin.

A great example to all Christians and an
inspiration to our church community.

 Saturday 10th November:

Firing of the Fenny Poppers in Leon Recreation Ground at noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm
6:00pm Festal Mass.  The sermon will be given by Father Digby Anderson, Assistant Curate at St Saviour’s, Luton.
Following the service there will be a
reception in the vestry.

Please note that as St Martin’s Day falls on Sunday this year, the firing of the Fenny Poppers is transferred to the previous day.

Sunday 11th November:

Festal Vespers at 5:00pm, followed by the Browne Willis dinner.  Our Guest speaker at the dinner will be the Rev’d Jonathan Evens, Associate Vicar, Partnership Development at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

Tickets for the dinner are £15 and are available from the church.  Please speak to one of our churchwardens, Iola Samuels, or Nigel Benford.

 

 

FATHER IAN THOMAS

Father Ian is celebrating his 25th anniversary
of ordination to the priesthood.  

In honour of this auspicious occasion there will be a sung Mass starting at midday on Saturday 29 September. This will be followed by a buffet lunch in the vestry hall.

All are welcome to attend.

 

If you would like to help by donating some food for the buffet, please see the list at the back of church.

Harvest Festival

Our Harvest Festival takes place on
Sunday 30th September.

Please join us at our 10:00am Parish Mass when we give thanks to God for His great goodness in providing the bountiful harvest of crops and  fruit upon which we all still depend.

Gifts of dried and tinned foodstuffs donated at this service will be used to help vulnerable and
temporarily disadvantaged families in the local community
.

 

GARDEN PARTY

Saint Martin’s Church
and
The Commandery of Aragon,

The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem

cordially invite you to a GARDEN PARTY

To be held at the vicarage on Saturday 28th July
commencing at 12:00pm.

The garden party is being held in aid of our notice-board and flag-pole appeal and the Order of Lazarus’ work on behalf of Lepra (leprosy charity) and Debra (epidermolysis bullosa charity).

Tickets:  £10 and will include a three course lunch (salad platter, desserts and cheeseboard)

There will be a raffle and other events during the afternoon.

To book your tickets click on this link: garden party 2018