Weekly Notices 11 Jun 2017

Published 08/06/2017

This Sunday’s Services
Sunday 11th June (11.00am)
Rev Kate Dean – Flower Communion

The Flower Communion is a beautiful celebration of natural diversity and human uniqueness. It was created by a brave Czech Unitarian minister, Rev Dr Norbert Capek, who perished in WWII. His family went on to spread this gentle ritual throughout US Unitarian congregations and it is now celebrated in many British congregations. On 4th June, a ‘global flower communion’ will take place instigated by Czech Unitarians (who, incidentally, will be visiting us on 30th July!). Due to our Anniversary Service, our Flower Communion takes place on 11th June, as we join all those taking part to honour this new tradition on that day. Please bring a single flower with you, if you can, and we will gather them together as part of the service.

Sunday 11th June (7.00pm)
Rev Kate Dean – Meditations on Flowers

A gentle contemplative service to mark our Flower Communion day, as we consider the beauty of nature and celebrate natural diversity and human uniqueness.

Don’t forget tomorrow 
Please bring a flower for the Flower Communion + good quality gifts and spending money for the Bring and Buy sale!
This Sunday: Bring and Buy Sale by the kids – in aid of Toilet Twinning (after the morning service) In April, Zoe Gerrard told us more about the Toilet Twinning Scheme which we support. By raising £60 we can twin one of our toilets with a loo in a developing country. We now have ten loos to our name! Zoe told us that we could also raise funds for a toilet block in a school which would allow girls to get an education – they are often kept at home if there are no suitable facilities. The Children’s Chapel children were inspired by Zoe to support the scheme even more and the will hold a Bring and Buy sale to raise £250 for a school toilet block. Please bring good quality, complete gift items for adults and children and your spending money to buy some of the goods on offer!

Good Cause of the Month 
Our Sunday collection basket will be divided with ‘Sante Refugee Mental Health Access Project’ (http://www.santeproject.org.uk)/ 

Flowers for the service this week are provided by the flower group. 
If you have a special person or an event to celebrate or remember with flowers, please contact Sharron: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com  


Upcoming Events
Rosslyn Hill Chapel Choir – rehearses each Wednesday at 7.30pm. New voices welcome, no audition required!

‘Living With Integrity’ – Monday 12th June at 7.00pm in the Chapel Committee room. Our discussion group is working through the chapters of the book ‘Living with Integrity: Unitarian Values and Beliefs in Practice’. In keeping with our refugee theme this month, we will focus on the chapter ‘Including the Other’. We will be joined by guest speaker, Alphonsine Kabagabo, who escaped the Rwandan genocide and now works for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. There will be copies available to buy at the meeting.

‘Heart and Soul’ – week night circle  – will meet on Monday 19th June at 7.00pm in the Chapel. This gentle week night service features prayer ritual, meditation and an opportunity to share.This service will be led by our Board Secretary and Social Action Committee Chair Leighton Cole.

Book Group – will meet on Monday 26th June at 7.00pm (Committee Room)
We invite people to bring a favourite book to share – and possibly lend – at the next meeting.

Pot Luck Lunches – The next ‘Pot Luck Lunch’ will be on Sunday 25 June in the side aisle at 12.30pm (after the morning service). This is an informal, friendly occasions – all are welcome and the request is to bring some food to share or make a financial contribution (£3.00 minimum). We look forward to seeing you there. 

Got a talent to share? – ‘Neighbours Social’ with Golders Green Unitarians 
Friday 23rd June doors 7pm for a 7.30pm start. 
Join us at Rosslyn Hill Chapel for a quirky evening of entertainment with our friends at Golders Green Unitarians. Anyone wishing to offer entertainment – music, story, song, poem, etc – should contact Kate: revkatedean@gmail.com

‘Working on our Welcome’ 

17th June 11-3pm at Kensington Unitarians, Essex Church W8 4RT
A London District event to improve our hospitality to LGBT+ people
Unitarians are rightly proud of our historically progressive views on gender and sexuality issues, particularly our part in campaigning for equal marriage, but there is so much more work still to do. As a wider range of voices from across the LGBTQ+ rainbow (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people) begin to make themselves heard, some of us may find ourselves confused by new terminology, and by seemingly conflicting messages about how best to respond to people’s needs. 
In this half-day workshop, co-facilitated by Quaker activist Fred Langridge and Jane Blackall from our own Kensington congregation, we will explore some practical ways in which our communities can offer a better welcome to visitors who identify as LGBTQ+ and highlight areas where we could improve our awareness and sensitivity around issues of gender, sexuality and relationship diversity.

You’ll need to book in advance for this training (though the training is free of charge) so the organisers know how many people to prepare for, but you are also welcome to arrive at 3.00pm to attend a special worship service connected to the workshop’s themes. This will be followed by refreshments and time to socialise with everyone. Finish time around 4.30pm. 
To book a place on the workshop or find out more, please contact Jane Blackall on jane@kensington-unitarians. org.uk or phone and leave a message on 020 7221 6514.

Great Get Together in Hampstead
Sunday 18th June 3 – 5pm at St Saviours Church, 30 Eton Villas NW3 4SU

Please support this interfaith community event held jointly by Together with South Hampstead Synagogue and St Saviours Church. The Great Get Together NW3 garden party as part of the Brendan Cox initiative, The Great Get Together happening across the country on 17th & 18th June. The purpose of the event is to bring local communities closer together, remembering the words of the late MP, Jo Cox, that ‘we have more that unites us than divides us’.
https://www.greatgettogether. org  All ages welcome. There’ll be food, soft drinks, a bouncy castle and plenty of opportunities to socialise…

Sunday 9th July – All Weather Picnic after the morning service.
Bring your picnic and blanket and join the Unitarian Youth Group and Churches Together in Hampstead for fun whatever the weather – we’ll be in the hall if it’s wet.

Make a note: Saturday 8th July 11.00am onwards ‘London Pride’
Come and represent Unitarians at one of the largest LGBT festivals in the world. 
If you would like to be involved, please contact Ed: edfordham@gmail.com

Services Next Sunday
Sunday 18th June (11.00am)
Guest Preacher Jeannene Powell – ‘Honouring our Connections’ 

In our service, we’ll be looking at the way we deepen our connections, with ourselves, others and the world.  This service will also include acknowledgement of those who’ve fathered us in some way.

Sunday 18th June (7.00pm)
‘Summer Solstice’ Celebration – Led by the Wheel of the Year group

We celebrate the longest day, the triumph of the light and the abundance of summer with ritual, music, poetry and flowers. Everyone is welcome!