Weekly Notices 13 Aug 2017

Published 13/08/2017

Sunday 13th August at 11am 
Rev Kate Dean ‘Second Sunday Shakeup: Meditation’ 
In a departure from our usual format, this service will be dedicated to meditation in all its forms. 

Sunday 13th August at 2 – 4pm 
Labyrinth Walking Meditation Richard Nickols & Aleine Ridge 
Join Aleine and Richard as they lead us on a meditative walk along a path that replicates the Labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral. Sunday 13th August at 7pm
‘The Five Contemplations of mindful eating’

Our Evening Gathering will focus on the Buddhist practice of mindfulness and in particular, the Five Contemplations of mindful eating. Led by Rev Kate Dean


Special announcement
Can you help a Chapel member and his family over Christmas? See details below.


Are you away this Christmas? Flat/house wanted to borrow or rent cheaply… 
This is needed in Christmas week, in north/west London while I look after Chapel-member Will Hopper, my 88-year-old father. (Me, partner and 20 year-old son). 20-27 December ideally, within 30 mins’ walking/public transport distance from Flask Walk so we can see him each day, including Christmas Day when there is no public transport! If you can help or know someone who can, please contact Munisha: catherine.hopper@gmail.com

Can you offer work experience to a Syrian refugee?
Syrian refugees in Camden are looking for work experience opportunities to practise their English in a professional setting whilst gaining experience to help them find employment. An ideal placement would be one day per week in the NW post code area, or a short bus ride away. Some of the areas in which they have previously worked include accounting, teaching, baking, marble cutting, lorry driving and mobile phone repair but opportunities in any field are welcomed.

Being able to improve English skills and enhance CVs will be immensely valuable for finding employment in the future. This will be much more of a learning experience than a typical job so no payment is required. If you, or anyone you know, are able to provide any opportunities that could be suitable please contact Camden Welcomes Refugees, a local group of volunteers who are assisting Camden Council, by emailing camdenwelcomes@gmail.com

Thinking of being 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 and community.
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, or speak to one of the Stewards.

Good Cause of the Month 
Our Sunday collection basket will be divided with ‘Chalk Farm Food Bank’ which provides emergency food to local people in crisis and which would welcome our help. 

The flowers this Sunday are provided by the Flower Group – thanks to Helene Howard for creating the mindful flower display!

If you have a special person or an event to celebrate or remember with flowers, please contact Sharron: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com 


Upcoming Events

Children’s Programme
Please Note: There is no separate Sunday Children’s Programme during July and August. A box of soft toys is available at the back of chapel for young ones during the service. Parents are asked to remain with their children during the service. 

Open Chapel every Sunday in August includes a Labyrinth Walk on the 13th 
As we did last year, we will hold an Open Chapel every Sunday afternoon in August (6, 13, 20 and 27 Aug). We found we had many visitors, some people had lived in the area for many years and had never set foot inside the chapel. They were surprised and delighted to see the treasures inside. Meeting visitors and showing them around is a great way to reach out to our community.

Sunday 13th Aug: Afternoon Labyrinth Walking Meditation 2 – 4pm. 
As part of Open Chapel, Richard Nickols and Aleine Ridge will be back with their reproduction of the Labyrinth from Chartres Cathedral (a previous similar event is pictured here).

Looking ahead to September 
Sunday 10th September – Gathering the Waters – 
This service, sometimes also called the Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist congregation in the 1980s.  
Members bring to Sunday worship service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them or from a place they have visited over the summer. During the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, each person explains why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared Unitarian faith coming from many different sources.

Unitarian Women’s Group Conference 20th – 22nd October 2017 
The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow 
A weekend of interactive sessions on Unitarian women in history, placing ourselves in the story and a look at the UWG itself and its development over the course of nearly four decades. Serious and hilarious by turns and always warm and friendly. Led by Rev Ann Peart and Rev Celia Midgley. (Bursaries are available) 
Booking: Stella Burney info@thenightingalecentre.org.uk or 01298 871218 
Further information: Margaret Robinson margaretrobinson81@gmail.com or 01642 782219 or Ann Peart ann.peart3@virginmedia.com 

The Meditation Fellowship offers a weekend retreat in Salisbury 3 – 5 November
The Meditation Fellowship is a group of gentle Unitarians who gather three times a year to practice meditation with Richard Bober, of Golders Green Unitarians. The Autumn Retreat takes place 3 – 5th November. Newcomers very welcome. The venue is the lovely Sarum college in Salisbury.
For further details contact Alf Withington:
alfwithington@gmail.com or tel: 01942733553
We do not aim to make a profit but must have sufficient funds to secure venues well in advance.
Total cost – £165.00 including accommodation, all meals and all activities (Deposit £65)
(When Fellowship funds allow we offer a limited number of subsidised places to people experiencing temporary financial constraints.) 


Services Next Sunday

Sunday 20th August at 11am 
Rev Kate Dean 
‘Ways of the World’ 
We Unitarians draw wisdom from many different sources but it is important that we do this in a respectful way. We will explore what we can learn from other cultures in order to live more full and rich lives. 

Sunday 20th August at 7pm 
Rev Kate Dean with Tony Carrick 
‘Psychology and Spirituality’ 
We will reflect on the interplay between the great psychological and psychoanalytic thinkers, and contemporary spirituality. There will be an opportunity to share your views on the theme with our guest speaker.