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.
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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On Sunday mornings, we provide a Children’s Programme session and crèche for the children of those attending the main service. Read more
Music 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 ourchoir, please visit the choir website.
The Flower Group provides flowers and decoration every week for the Chapel services and for special events. There is a weekly rota and additional members help decorate for the festivals. We welcome new members or helpers and will provide training. Chapel members can also help by giving to the special flower collections (Harvest, Christmas and Easter) and by sponsoring an arrangement with a dedication for a special person or event.
This 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.
After-the-Service refreshments: Tea/coffee and soft drinks are served each week in the side aisle of the chapel, giving ample time for refreshment and time for informal conversation and socialising.
Pot luck meals: On the last Sunday of each month, we hold a Potluck lunch after the Morning Service. On the same Sunday, potluck supper is held in the chapel at 6.15pm before the Evening Service at 7pm. Everyone is most welcome to these friendly informal meals.
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.
The Wheel of the Year is an earth-based spirituality group celebrating important festivals in the Celtic calendar.
We meet eight times a year to celebrate the Summer and Winter Solstices, the equinoxes and the cross quarter days in between. Our celebrations are drawn from the Earth Spirit or pagan tradition and are closely tied to the seasons of the year and what they symbolise. We cast a circle, creating sacred space and call in the four directions. We then use a mixture of music, meditation, readings and special activities and sometimes dance. Anyone with pagan leanings is welcome to come and join us in celebrating the changing seasons. We meet on Sunday evenings at 7pm – see the Open Mind newsletter for dates.
Rosslyn Hill Book Group was founded in November 1998 to discuss works of contemporary fiction. Occasionally we read classics and biography, but our primary focus is to read recently-published authors from around the world in order to better understand the culture in which we live. The procedure for selecting books is democratic: We ask members to contribute ideas and we always support an individual’s choice, so long as the book can be easily obtained at a local shop or online. We meet ten times per year in a Hampstead pub over coffee. Currently our meeting venue is The Magdala pub, South Hill Park, NW3. For details of the next meeting, please check ‘Open Mind’ newsletter or contact us. [email: firstname.lastname@example.org] All are welcome!
The Poetry Group is open to one and all and you don’t have to be a member of the Chapel to join in. We meet once a month and bring along poems by ourselves or anyone else we like (Shakespeare? Carol Ann Duffy? My friend next door?). Listeners share guidance and other positive responses to the poems presented. No previous experience necessary and one needn’t be an accomplished reader. It’s a great forum in which to have a go at poetry and learn to appreciate its finer points. We generally meet from 7.30 – 9 pm on the first Tuesday of the month. Details in ‘Open Mind’. If you would like to be on our circulation list, please email us. [email: email@example.com]
The 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’?
The Social Action Committee creates opportunities for the congregation to serve the wider community. Our aim is to put Unitarian principles into practice. Find out more about our Social Action projects.
During 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.
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
The 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.
You might be interested in our friends in the wider community at these Unitarian websites: