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  • Services for April inside Church

    Sunday 18th 11.15am Holy Communion John 20: 24-29

    Sunday 25th 11.15am Encounter John 21: 15-23

    Tuesdays: 8am weekly service using the Book of Common Prayer

    We will continue to have online services on Sundays, but from Sunday 18th April
    these will be available by 5pm on the Sunday.

    Tuesday Morning Book of Common Prayer (BCP)

    We are hoping to  resume our weekly BCP Holy Communion services in both churches from Tuesday 13th April.  Booking is not required, but facemasks should be worn.

    St Martin’s at 8am Private Prayer @ St Martin’s

    We are hoping to have St Martin’s church building open on Saturday 20th March and Saturday 27th March for individuals (or household groups) to come a spend some time alone in prayer.  The church will be open from 10.30am to 12.00pm (lunch time), facemasks should be worn.

    APCMs (Church AGM)

    APCMs are fast approaching, we have tentatively set aside the following dates for our APCMs to happen, but these may be affected is guidelines change, but please do put the date in your diary for now.

    St Martin’s – 23rd May at 12:30 (or straight after the morning service) in church

    Electoral Roll Revision

    There will be an annual revision of the Church Electoral Roll taking place commencing 25thApril and ending on 8thMay. If you are currently entered on the Electoral Roll and have changed your name or address since the last revision in October 2020, could you please let me know. Anyone not entered who would like to enrol, please contact me for the appropriate forms.
    My email address is:

    Steve Pither

    Easter Day Outdoor Service

    Just a few photo's from our Easter Service

    Annual Leave

    Gareth and Rob will be on annual leave after Easter as follows…

    Gareth - 5th to 14th April

    Rob - 5th to 11th April

    Gareth will be about so if there is an emergency that needs clergy support please do feel welcome to get in touch with him. 

    However with this in mind…

    • there will be no Monday Eve prayers for the next two weeks, it recommences on 19th April.
    • There will be no weekly email from Gareth next week (next one 15th April)

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    Shaped by God Together – Our Diocese

    We are living in a time of both exciting opportunities and significant constraints upon us as a Church as we seek to be ‘Shaped by God Together.' In response to this we are seeking to gather information and involve our whole diocese in discerning the way ahead.

    We are inviting anyone from the diocese to be a part of the Conversation about the future shape of our Ministry, our care for and use of our Church Buildings, and the principles that guide how we raise and best use our diocesan Finance.

    This invitation is extended to everyone, for more information on what’s going on and how you can join in the conversation, please visiting the diocese website here and book to go along…  https://www.leicester.anglican.org/about-us/sbgt/shaped-by-god-together-conversations-.php

    Online Weekly Monday Night Prayers 7.30pm (20-30min)

    This is a chance to come together to pray for our communities and for those further afield. Please do join Gareth and Rob as we gather to pray. This will be hosted on Zoom, which is a free videocall platform, so if you’ve not used Zoom before please do let Rob or Gareth know and they’ll be happy to offer some advice.
    These are the login details…

    Monday Night Prayer Link

    Meeting ID: 881 9851 0430
    Password: eveprayers

    Tuesday Morning Book of Common Prayer (BCP)

    We are hoping to resume our weekly BCP Holy Communion services in church from Tuesday 13th April. St Martin’s at 8am. Booking is not required, but facemasks should be worn.

    Wednesday Prayer During The Day

    Each Wednesday at 12:00pm (mid-day) we will be hosting Prayer During The Day, which is a more liturgical style of prayer (similar to Anglican Morning Prayer).  These will be hosted on Zoom live at 12:00, you don’t need to bring anything, just come yourself via the following link…

    Wednesday Day Prayer Link

    Meeting ID: 846 4970 9272
    Passcode: 967799

    A recording of these prayers will then be available on our YouTube Channel on Wednesday by 1pm for anyone who wants to take time to pray with us but cannot make the live service.  Here’s the link to our YouTube Channel where the recording will be available…


    This recording will only show the ‘leader’ (i.e myself or Rob) so if you’re planning to come along to the live service on Zoom, don’t worry you won’t be recorded. 

    Thursday Social 

    Join us on Zoom at 7:30pm with your own drink and nibbles and we’ll do the rest (no need to arrange a team or anything).  Here’s the link…
    Thursday Social Link
    Meeting ID: 869 9998 1971
    Passcode: 072086

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    Saturday Private Prayer

    St Martin’s will be open from 10:30am to 12:00pm (mid-day) on Saturday's for Private Prayer.  This will be an opportunity for a person, or single household, to enter the church and pray on their own.  Please be aware that due to current Lockdown restrictions aimed to stopping the spread of Covid-19, facemasks will be required and we are not able to pause or socially ‘mingle’ in the church. 

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    St Mart’s & St Bart’s KIDS ONLINE 

    We will be doing a bi-weekly Kids Online service.  As with our regular online service, this will be found on our YouTube channel
    When? Every other week on Sunday… 
    What is it? a 10-minute, child-oriented service, with worship, story and activity
    Please do spread the word and let us know what you think.

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    Users of the Church Hall 2021

    (Times may vary due to changing Covid-19 rules)

    Pre Diabetic Clinic every Monday 9am – 1.30pm (except bank hols)
    Table Tennis – January – March 7.00pm – 10.00pm

    Coffee & Chat: weekly 10.30am – 12 noon
    Lunches: 2nd Tuesday in month 12.30 – 2.00pm 
    Loving Hands: 4th Tuesday 1pm – 4pm

    Rainbows (5 – 7 year olds) 4.45pm – 5.45pm term time
    Brownies (7 – 10 year olds) 6pm – 7.30pm term time
    Guides (10 – 14 year olds) 7.30pm – 9pm term time

    Rainbows (weekly Mums & Toddlers) 9.30am – 11.30am term time
    Living Sober 6pm

    Forget me Not - 4th Thursday 10.30am – 12 noon
    Community House craft/cooking weekly 12noon – 3pm (term time)


    ccasional bookings for parties etc

    Messy Church: 4th Sunday in month 4pm 
    Awesome Youff in church 4pm

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    P.Stokes (Website Editor)
    Email: webmaster@stmartinsdesford.org.uk


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  • Safeguarding

    Safeguarding At
    St. Martin's

    If you have a safeguarding concern,
    then please contact our local Safeguarding Officer Kay Smith
    07928 657736.

    If you wish to speak to the
    Diocesan Safeguarding
    Team, or to someone outside the church, their contact details are
    available here

    St Martin's Church Desford PCC has adopted the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy Statement when putting into place measures to Safeguard Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults. Promoting A Safer Church