“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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
Saint Martin’s Church
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
This year’s Fenny Poppers Festival takes place on Sunday 19th August from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
The church will be open, refreshments served and there will be a variety of stalls and displays.
To help make this a success for St Martin’s, we urgently need your help. Please speak to Faith Kemp if you can assist in any way, including:
Volunteers to help set up and manage stalls, or to be on hand in the church to assist visitors.
Donations of bottles for the tombola, homemade cakes, craft items, etc.
Please note that to allow time for setting up, the Parish Mass will start at 9:00am and there will be no 8:00am Low Mass on 19th August. Service times will return to normal the following Sunday!
Thursday 10th May
Festal Sung Mass at 7:30pm
Forty days after his resurrection at Easter we celebrate the ascension of Jesus to heaven. Jesus takes his place at the right hand of the Father. His entry into glory is a cause of hope for us; where he has gone we hope to follow.
Your Christmas journey begins by stopping. It’s true with our personal journeys too: moments of breakthrough and discovery come as we stop.
Sometimes we stop because we reach the end of our own resources. At other times it’s because we discover the gift of silence and stillness. Or maybe we simply realise that there’s too much else getting in the way.
Whatever the reason, stopping is a gift and it’s often a new beginning. In fact, there’s very little we can do to grow personally and spiritually unless we first make the choice to stop. It’s the place of prayer and it’s where we meet with God.
Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem after a long journey from Nazareth. They are exhausted. Mary is in the last stages of pregnancy, and there is no room in the lodging houses. All they can do is stop where they are offered a space. That night – this night – the gift that is Jesus Christ is born.
How today can you find space to stop, even for five minutes?
While they were there the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Read Luke 2.1-7