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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

FENNY POPPERS FESTIVAL

 

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!

 

Ascension Day

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.

SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER

Join us as the church prepares itself for the great feast of feasts.

Palm Sunday – 25th March:

8.00 am:  Low Mass
10:00 am:  Blessing of Palms, Procession & Parish Mass

 

Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th March:

7.00 pm:  Low Mass and Address

 

Maundy Thursday – 29th March:

7:30 pm:  Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Washing of Feet, Eucharistic Procession & Watch until midnight

 

Good Friday – 30th March:

1:00pm:  Children’s service, including lunch and planting of the Easter Garden
3:00 pm:  Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

 

Holy Saturday – 31st March:

10:00pm:  First Mass of Easter with blessing of the New Fire and Paschal Candle

Easter Sunday – 1st April:

8:00am:  Low Mass
10.00 am:  Solemn Easter Mass with  blessing of the Easter Garden. & Easter Eggs

 

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 – 14th February

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

First Sunday of Lent – 18th February

10:00am:  Lenten Procession of  Penance and Parish Mass

Third Sunday of Lent – 4th March

4:00pm:  Lenten Evensong and Benediction

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 18th March

5:00pm: Service of Penance and Benediction

 Every Wednesday in Lent

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

 Every Thursday in Lent from 22nd February

7:00pm:  Lent Course in the vestry after Vespers.
Untold Blessing:  Three Paths To Holiness
For full details CLICK HERE

Ebbsfleet Chrism Mass – 28th March

Coach from Hanslope to Lichfield Cathedral.  Sign up on the list at back of church.

 

 

 

LENT COURSE 2018

During this years lent Course we will be studying:

Untold Blessing: Three Paths to Holiness

Our ultimate goal is to be a saint.  It is our greatest calling and what is desired for us by our Creator.  Father Robert Barron paints a beautiful and mysterious image of what it takes to be a follower of “the One who is, Jesus Christ”.  The course lays out three intriguing paths to holiness:

  • Finding One’s Centre in Christ;
  • Knowing You’re A Sinner;
  • Realizing Your Life is Not About You.

It also provides practical approaches to enhance your journey along these three paths.

“I watched Untold Blessing in my Adult Faith Formation class. At the risk of repeating what you’ve probably heard many times, I was really moved by your analysis of the Bible. By incorporating quotations and stories from past theologians as well as pop culture figures, I found it extremely easy to relate to. I am in the middle of my life and feel a strong desire to do the will of God wherever it might lead me. Thank you for helping me put my journey in better perspective.”  Study Program Participant

The Lent course starts on Thursday 22nd February and will meet in the vestry after Vespers at 7:00pm. 

All are welcome to participate.