Weekly Notices 10 Dec 2017

Published 10/12/2017

Sunday 10th December at 11am 
Rev Kate Dean – Second Sunday Shake Up: Get Ready!  
In this shake up service, we will be thinking about our Christmas wishes and what the winter season means to us.

Sunday 10th December at 6pm       
‘30 Minute Mindfulness’ on Sunday evenings 
These short meditations are aimed at those who want to deepen their meditation practice. Do join us for a peaceful pause at the end of the weekend. Open to all – people of all beliefs are welcome.

Sunday 10th December at 7pm 
Aleine Ridge and Richard Nickols- Labyrinth Walking Meditation 
Interfaith ministers Aleine and Richard return with their replica of the Chartres Cathedral floor pattern so that we may walk in peace and contemplation by candlelight. Donations welcome for this special spiritual experience.

Food Glorious Food this Sunday!
Shakeup Breakfast 9.30 – 10.30am

Children’s Bake Sale after the service
Buy delicious treats made by our Children’s Chapel members.
They are raising funds for our refugee sponsorship project.

Silent Auction including delicious hamper – after the service!

NewsShake up breakfast
Join Margaret for a delicious Continental breakfast and REAL COFFEE 9.30 – 10.30 this Sunday for £3.

Good Cause for December
Supporting refugees through ‘Community Sponsorship’
The Chapel is committed to support the efforts by local community churches to sponsor a refugee family from a war-torn country to settle in the local area through the ‘Community Sponsorship’ scheme. If you are interested in providing hands-on help with this project, please contact our rep Shana Begum: shanapbegum@gmail.com 

In December we will be doing a number of fundraising events to highlight the project. Read on to find out more…

Children’s Bake Sale after the service
Buy delicious treats this Sunday, made by our Children’s Chapel members. They are raising funds for our refugee sponsorship project.

Bid in the Silent Auction 
A Fundraiser for our Community Sponsorship project for refugees and our wonderful Musical Instruments running throughout December

Great prizes including…

  • Hamper of treats from Budgens
  • Dinner for two at Brasil Boteca, Camden
  • Cookery Class voucher at Borough Kitchen
  • Limited edition Rosslyn Hill Chapel mugs!

How it works

  1. You buy a bidding slip for £1
  2. You make a bid on your chosen item
  3. The highest bid wins the item

Winners will be contacted after the 17th Dec and announced at the ‘Blue Christmas’ morning service on Christmas Eve. Bidding slips available after services in December. Contact Hadley Deist for more information: hdiest@gmail.com 

Freedom from Torture: Books of poetry by refugees

The charity Freedom from Torture also works to support refugees through various initiatives. Their ‘Write to Life’ project encourages self-expression through poetry and several books have been published. You can purchase ‘Hands and Wings’ and ‘Where are you from?’ via their website.

Here is a poem from one of the participants:

War Child 

Uwase N. Ryayo 

You keep telling me that the war is over. 

Yes, it is for you,
For me it will never finish.
I tried for years to tell myself the same thing 
But the pain I have been through 
Is one big sore in the side of my heart. 
It can’t vanish, but I thought it might. 
I don’t see it all the time.

But when I look at parts of my body 
I can see the war.
Every part of my body has a scar.
When I look at my body
It has the war marked all over it.
And when I look at it
It takes me back to my old life as a war child.
It takes me back to that place where I don’t want to be 

But I have no choice.
Now, I live with war in my own mind. 

Volunteering at the Cold Weather Shelter – sign up this Sunday

Rosslyn Hill Chapel has hosted the Shelter for several years. Again we will open the Chapel hall on Friday nights (from 10th November to mid-January) to provide up to 15 homeless guests each week with dinner, conversation and entertainment, a safe bed, and a hearty breakfast.  There are lots of ways to help – serving food, chatting, playing board games, staying overnight, cooking, or donating towards the costs (approximately £100 per week). We need 5 or 6 volunteers for each Friday evening, 2 for each Friday night, and 4 for each Saturday morning (guests leave by 9am). The guests tell us the Shelter really does change lives.  If you would like to take part or to find out more, please contact Leighton Cole: leightoncole90@gmail.com Tel 020 8444 9728.

Visit C4WS’s website for more information on their work: www.C4WSHOMELESSPROJECT.org

Stewarding Can You Help?  An Appeal to all Members! 
Stewarding is a simple way to get more involved. Good stewarding makes a difference: a warm welcome from the stewards is a welcome to the Chapel. Please look at your diaries and contact Zoe Gerrard (email: zoegerrard07@gmail.com) with any dates in the next few months when you’d be available. If you haven’t stewarded at a service before please don’t worry as there is always an experienced Worship Assistant present.

Good Cause of the Month 
Our Sunday collection basket will be divided between the upkeep of our beautiful Chapel and our Community Sponsorship project to support a refugee family to move to London.

Thinking of becoming a member? 
If you have been attending our Chapel services and events for some time, you might consider making Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel your spiritual home. Our Chapel community is independent, self-governing and self-financing, with a rich history of social change. As well as taking part in Sunday Services, our members organise and support a wide range of activities and events. If you would like to find out more, please contact Rev Kate Dean (revkatedean@gmail.com), or speak to one of the Stewards who can introduce you to the minister or a member of the Membership Group.
Flowers for the Chalice Table
The flowers this week have been provided by Claire and Desmond Julian
‘To mark our 19th wedding anniversary and how much this wonderful Chapel means to us both’.
If you have a special person or an event to celebrate or remember with flowers, please contact Daniela: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com 

Minister’s Restday
Please note that Rev Kate Dean’s restday is Wednesday. Any emails sent on this day will be answered on Thursday. If the message is urgent, please call or text.

Upcoming Events

Monday ‘Living with Integrity’ discussion group 
Our final meeting on 11th December at 7pm in the Chapel side aisle will be on the theme of ‘Living the Dying’.

Tuesday  at 3.30pm Welcome Yule! On Tuesday we are decorating the Chapel for all the Winter festivals.This is always a fun occasion. If you would like to lend a hand, your help would be much appreciated. Tea, coffee and mince pies provided!
Please contact Janna: j.williams16@virginmedia.com
Tuesday 7.30 – 9.30pm Choir rehearsal. Come and learn our songs for Christmas. For further details, please contact Beverley Davies: beverleydavies39@gmail.comWednesday No Tai Chi this week!

Registration for FUSE is now open with new luxury accommodation released!

FUSE Festival of Unitarians: 16th – 18th February 2018 at Horsley Estate, East Horsley, Surrey
The 2018 Festival of Unitarians in the South East (FUSE) promises to be a weekend filled with great opportunities to deepen your Unitarian experience, find time for your soul, meet lots of new people, enjoy good food, sing with great music and relax in beautiful surroundings! There will be a variety of interesting and engaging workshops on Spirituality, Community, Social Action, Creativity and Music. Book now and join in the fun!
Luxury rooms in Horsley Towers are now available on a first come, first served basis, so book now!

To get a taste of what FUSE is like, check out the video.

Our Theme Speaker is Rev Jim Robinson, Unitarian Universalist minister, and former minister of Rosslyn Hill Chapel. The seminar on Friday afternoon with Jim Robinson will be on ‘Fostering Beloved Community’
FUSE fees
Friday Half-day Seminar: £20
Double occupancy of double room £195 per person (includes all meals)
Single occupancy of double room £240 per person (includes all meals)
Rate for non-resident day delegates (includes lunch) £55 per person
Additional charge for day delegates
Saturday dinner £25 per person
Special rates for children up to 11 years old
Some bursaries are available on application. For more information see www.fusefest.org.uk

Open Mind
Correction to the printed Open Mind newsletter:
Please note that our Book Group book is The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien.
In January, the Poetry Group will be meeting on New Year’s Day at 7.30pm and not 8 Jan as stated in the printed edition of Open Mind.
You can download the correct and final version of Open Mind December-January by clicking the button below.


Download ‘Open Mind’
Services Next Sunday

Sunday 17th December at 11am
Carol Service with Rosslyn Hill Chapel Choir and Rev Kate

Open-minded family-friendly service of carols and festive music with the choir, followed by refreshments.

Sunday 17th December at 6pm       
‘30 Minute Mindfulness’ on Sunday evenings          

These short meditations are aimed at those who want to deepen their meditation practice. 
Do join us for a peaceful pause at the end of the weekend. Open to all – people of all beliefs are welcome. FREE (donations welcome) 

Sunday 17th December at 7pm 
‘Winter Solstice’  celebration led by the Wheel of the Year group
Join us as we turn the wheel and celebrate the closing of the year and the shortest day.