Weekly Notices 12 Nov 2017

Published 11/11/2017

This Sunday’s Services

Sunday 12th Nov at 10.55am
‘Remembrance Sunday: songs of love and loss’

A service of remembrance with music sung by our Chapel’s Choir in German and English. Themes of love and loss, departure and remembrance, endings and new beginnings are explored in the works of English and German composers. Note the earlier start time so that we can observe the 2 minute silence at 11am.

‘30 Minute Mindfulness’ 30 Minute Mindfulness – every Sunday at 6pm 

From this Sunday onwards, 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 12th Nov at 7pm
‘Exploring Prayer’ with Marta Pacini 

Why do we pray, if we do? Who or what are we praying to? In this contemplative service Marta Pacini of New-Unity congregation will lead us into an exploration of non-theistic prayer.

Remembrance Sunday
Service starts at 10.55am
Our annual service with the Chapel Choir will begin at an earlier time than usual so that we can observe the 2 minute silence at 11am.
NewsCelebrating the New Hall Kitchen!  Will you be there?
Congregational Lunch and Board discussion  
Sunday 26th November

We are very pleased that the Hall kitchen upgrade has now been completed.  In celebration, we would like to invite you to a congregational lunch on Sunday 26th November to inaugurate the updated kitchen.

The Chapel uses the kitchen as part of its Social Action involvement in the annual Cold Weather Shelter.  We’re sure the CDW will appreciate the improved facilities.  If you would like to participate in the CDW, please see more information in this Bulletin.  

This is also an opportunity for the Board to listen to the views of members (and potential members) about its proposed strategy to 2025, potential for growing membership and activities, and plans for the coming year.  We do hope you will be able to join, listen to our ideas and discuss your vision with other members of our community.

We would appreciate contributions to the Chapel lunch.  If you can help with organising the lunch or provide food, please contact Christina Harrison: ch5@soas.ac.uk

Call for words and images for Dec/Jan Open Mind

We are looking for inspiring quotes, short book reviews (spiritual/social conscience), artwork and poetry for our special bumper edition over the festive season. Please send your contributions to: revkatedean@gmail.com by 20th November

Send us your favourite hymns!On 26th November (the same day as the Congregational Lunch) we’ll be ‘Celebrating Cecilia’ at the morning service. In the Christian tradition, St Cecilia was the patron saint of music. We will celebrate the human spirit which created some of our favourite hymns. So if you have a favourite from our hymnals that you want to sing at the service, please email Rev Kate and the most popular ones will be included: revkatedean@gmail.com

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: zoegerrard@btinternet.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.

Thinking of becoming a member?
Recently we welcomed eight new members into our spiritual community! 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.

Good Cause of the Month 
Our Sunday collection basket will be divided between the upkeep of our beautiful Chapel and Tree Aid, which works with local communities in the African drylands to help them protect and grow trees, for themselves and for future generations.

Flowers for the Chalice Table
The flowers this Sunday are provided by Susan Brown.
‘In memory of my father John and all those who died at war.’
If you have a special person or an event to celebrate or remember with flowers, please contact Daniela: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com 

Upcoming Events

NO Living with Integrity discussion group or Life Spirit this week

Wednesday at 5.45: Tai Chi, 7.30pm Choir rehearsal

Saturday at 11am: Craft Fair in the Chapel (public event)

19th Nov. Mitzvah Day day of social action
Do a good deed for someone else! The JW3 community centre are offering a variety of family-friendly activities for you to get involved with including cookery and creating welcome books for refugees. Rev Kate will be helping people to knit blanket squares for the homeless.
If you want to volunteer please contact karen@jw3.org.uk
If you want your children to take part, then just turn up on the day!  All at JW3, 341 – 351 Finchley Road NW6 3ET.

Monday 20th November at 7pm ‘Heart and Soul’
Contemplative weeknight service with Rev Kate Dean. For those who want an extra dose of spirituality on a Monday or are not able to attend on Sunday.

7th December ‘Advent’ Charity Concert at 7.30pm to support our refugee sponsorship project Our second charity concert has an Advent theme,  and features three choirs! The Chapel Choir will be joined by a semi-professional ensemble and girls from the renowned Channing School Choir. We’ll raise funds for our refugee project, joining with ‘Churches Together in Hampstead’ to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, and raise funds for the Chapel’s fine grand piano and organ.

Tickets available from this Sunday onwards from Margaret Perry or Rev Kate Dean revkatedean@gmail.com

12th December: Help us to decorate in time for Christmas and all winter festivals!
It might feel a lifetime away, but please put Tuesday 12th December from 3.45pm to 5.30pm in your diary if you would like to help decorate overall for the festive season. This is always a fun occasion.  Please let Janna Williams know if you can lend a hand j.williams16@virginmedia.com

Registration for FUSE is now open!
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!
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 seewww.fusefest.org.uk

Services Next SundaySunday 19th November at 11am
Rev Kate Dean- ‘Exploring Mizvah Day’
Mitzvah Day is a Jewish led day of social action based on the Hebrew word ‘mitzvah’ to do a deed as religious duty. These days, it is often seen as a ‘good deed’. On Mitzvah Day, thousands of people take part in hands-on projects, without fundraising, supporting charities and to build stronger communities

‘30 Minute Mindfulness’ on Sunday evenings at 6pm                
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 19th November at 7pm
Rev Kate Dean -‘Reflections on a Day of Good Deeds’

We will reflect on the themes of altruism, duty and the doing of good works. There will be an opportunity to share your views on the theme.