Chapel Community

The Chapel community is independent, self-governing and self-financing. As well as helping at Sunday Services, our members organise and support a wide range of activities and events. By taking part in chapel activities, we find new ways to connect and support one another. In our chapel, you will find something to match your interests from book and poetry groups to social action and ethics/spirituality discussions. We pride ourselves on giving a warm welcome to all those members and visitors that join us at Sunday services! Our volunteers achieve this vital task through being helpful stewards, industrious providers of tea, coffee and lunches, and creators of our beautiful flower displays. Please consider being one of our ‘helping hands’ by contacting these groups via the details below:

Find out more about the committees and groups dealing with finance, membership, fundraising and other management issues on the Administration page.

Chapel Activity Groups: 

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Children’s programme

Choir and Music

Flower Group

Stewarding

Hospitality

Wheel of the Year

Book Group

Poetry Group

Study Groups

Social Action

Cold Weather Shelter

SimpleGifts

Communications & Publicity

Useful Links

 

Children’s programme

On Sunday mornings, we provide a Children’s Programme session and crèche for the children of those attending the main service. Read more

 

Choir and Music

choir-musicMusic plays a vital part in the life of Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel. Hymns and voluntaries, played by the organist and invited soloists, are central to the services which take place in the Chapel. We have an accomplished choir that meets every Wednesday evening for rehearsal, and sings monthly in the chapel.

The Chapel is fortunate to possess an outstanding piano and excellent pipe organ: we have a Steinway Concert Grand Piano model D, and a powerful, versatile three-manual Matthew Copley Organ. These, coupled with the Chapel’s clear, resonant acoustics make it an ideal venue for concerts. The Chapel has a lively programme of musical social evenings and fundraising concerts. For more information about our choir, please visit the choir website.

 

Flower Group

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Flower Group Aims: To contribute to the welcome of the Chapel by providing flowers and decorations every week for services, festivals and special events. Members: Roly Harris Louise Hepburn Helene Howard Janna Williams – and we’re very glad of help from other members and friends for special occasions. The beautiful display of silk flowers on the Chancel table is created by Helene Howard. The flowers and colours are changed with the seasons. The Flower Group take pride in providing a vase of fresh flowers on the Chalice table for every Sunday. Members and friends of the Chapel are able to sponsor the flowers for a Sunday for £25. On sponsored Sundays there is a much larger display. In addition, the Flower Group looks after the decorating of the Chapel for the three seasonal festivals and special events. Beautiful flowers brighten the Chapel and make it look cared for. If you would like to bring some flowers on a Sunday morning around 10.15 and pop them in a vase or would enjoy helping with the Christmas decorations, do get in touch with Janna: j.williams16[at]virginmedia.com

 

Stewarding

stewardsThis is Your Sunday Morning Welcome! Our volunteer stewards are here to make everyone feel welcome in our beautiful chapel on Sunday mornings. We arrange for two regular members of our congregation to greet and welcome people into our friendly community. They are there to offer a smile, a hymn book, the order of service for the day and an invitation to stay behind for a chat over tea and biscuits. We encourage visitors to enquire about our approach to religion and the historic building where we congregate. To sign up to be a steward, please contact Zoe Gerrard.

Hospitality

hospitalityAfter-the-Service refreshments: Each week, after the service, tea and coffee are served in the side aisle. This time provides a leisurely time to chat, discuss, share inspired ideas! Help is always appreciated, even occasionally, and I believe that coffee/tea servers enjoy the contact as much as anything, and help new comers to feel a little more ‘at home’, in the kitchen! If you can offer to help, please contact: Margaret Perry o7816 l84 253 margaretperry14[at]hotmail.co.uk

Pot luck meals: These happen usually on the last Sunday of the month in the chapel and provide opportunities for people to share food in a relaxed sociable way, and thus deepen friendships, and develop social links. Fellowship is an important element of our community and what better way to foster that spirit than over a shared ‘pot-luck’ meal? All are welcome to join our food and friendship group, usually on the last Sunday of the month at 12.30 in the chapel. For more info, contact Ingrid Tavkar – Tel: o2o 8455 o162 or email: ingridtavkar[at]gmail.com

Social evenings: The Chapel holds social evenings several times during the year when our many talents are shared, and food and drink is available. These events are often arranged by Rosslyn Hill Chapel Choir.

Wheel of the Year

wheel-yearThis earth-based spirituality group has been celebrating the changing seasons according to the Celtic calendar for the past several years. The Summer and Winter Solstices, Spring and Autumn Equinoxes and the important ‘cross quarter days’ in between which are: Imbolc or Candlemas on 1st February’, Beltane/May Day on the 1st May, Lughnasadh/Lammas on the 1st August and Samhain (Hallowe’en) on the 31st of October. We meet in sacred space, starting our ritual by casting a circle and calling in the four directions. We share thoughts and reflections on the meaning of the seasons. There is always a meditation and we sometimes chant and/or do a circle dance. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether or not you have previous experience of celebrating the ‘Wheel of the Year’. Contact Hillary Ratna for more information: hillaryratna[at]gmail.com

 

Book Group

book-groupBook Group/Discussions/Spiritual Development. Small groups give us an opportunity to get to know one another at a deeper level. We have re-established the chapel’s monthly book group where we’ll discuss our favourite books with a spiritual theme. ‘Living with Integrity’ is a monthly discussion group will be based on the 12 chapters of the new book from the (Unitarian) Lindsey Press on different aspects of life and how our Unitarian values influence our actions.

The Minister provides opportunities for spiritual growth and development beyond Sunday services through a number of courses. Shared Pulpit was a weekly class sharing reflections on our spiritual journeys. In October a new course, Soul Deep, will start on Tuesday evenings. For more information,
contact Rev Kate Dean: revkatedean{at}gmail.com o787o 322 519

 

Poetry Group

poetry-groupThe Poetry Group welcomes anyone who likes to read, write or listen to
poetry. It meets on the first Monday of the month in Basement Cottage 3 at
7.30 pm. For any more information, please ring George Appleby at o2o 7424
9733 or e-mail: gappleby{at}talktalk.net

 

 

Study Groups

study-groupsThe Chapel has hosted a number of lectures and discussion groups over the years. The latest programme is Soul Deep, running on six Tuesday nights in January and February 2017 and led by our minister Rev Kate Dean. We also have a number of monthly groups on Monday evenings. The programme is designed around small groups of people exploring questions of meaning, value, and purpose. In each session participants are invited to reflect on a short theme piece introducing a ‘focus question’ i.e. What is God? What is Death? What does it mean to be human? What are our obligations in life? What do we wish to accomplish with our lives? What do you hold to be ‘Sacred’?

 

Social Action

SocialActionIconThe Social Action Committee creates opportunities for the congregation to put social justice into action. Over the years, we have organised several successful second-hand book sales and concerts to raise money for charity. We have also run a weekly cold weather shelter for homeless people throughout the winter over the past nine years. We collect non-perishable food each week for a local Food Bank. Each Sunday morning we divide the collection plate between the work of the chapel and a monthly good cause, and also donate the coffee/tea money to the charity. We choose a new charity each month.

The congregation has supported Amnesty International in sending messages of support to political prisoners as well as to authorities who oppress individuals around the world, and has contributed to a variety of good causes including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Freedom from Torture and Marie Curie Hospices. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month. For further details, please contact the Chair: Leighton Cole at leightoncole90{at}hotmail.com.

 

Cold Weather Shelter

DurinC4WS-logog winter months we are privileged to partner with Camden and City Churches  Cold Weather Shelter C4WS to provide one night per week of emergency accommodation and shelter to homeless people at risk of sleeping rough.Other local churches and chapels do the same on other days of the week throughout the cold weather period.  We offer our guests a warm evening meal, hot drinks, a chance to sit and chat, a safe place to sleep and a cooked breakfast. Chapel members, friends and everyone participating have found it a rewarding and enriching experience. Please visit the  C4WS website to find out more about this charity project working with homeless people throughout the year.

 

SimpleGifts Unitarian Centre for Social Action

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We are pleased to promote the work of this community-based initiative, in which some of our members are involved. SimpleGifts is located in the London borough of Tower Hamlets which has the highest rate of child poverty in the UK. It offers after school homework help and teen leadership programmes and is developing as a UK-wide Unitarian centre for creative, local approaches to social justice work and witness. SimpleGifts website

 

Communications and Publicity

communicationsThe Chapel publishes a monthly newsletter called ‘Open Mind’ and welcomes contributions from members and friends. If you would like to help raise the profile of the Chapel and make our Unitarian values better known, contact the Open Mind Editor. Find out more about the Communications Team.

 

 

 

Useful Links

You might be interested in our friends in the wider community at these Unitarian websites:

SimpleGifts Unitarian Centre for Social Action

UK Unitarians website (General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches)

UK Spirituality Network

Urban Unitarians social meetup group

Urban Unitarians Blog