Weekly Notices 15 Nov 2015

Published 14/11/2015

Sunday 15 November (11.00am)

‘Religion for atheists’ – Guest Preacher  Alan Ruston

We welcome back Alan Ruston, GA President in 2002-2003; he has held posts associated with most aspects of the Unitarian movement, which he fitted in with being a career civil servant. He is a well known writer and speaker within British Unitarianism.

Sunday 15 November (7.00pm)

‘Music, Words, Reflection and Silence’

‘Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.’ Ludwig van Beethoven

Led by Margaret Perry & Ingrid Tavkar

Children’s Programme –  This Sunday we will again think about the sense of wonder that we all share by looking at flaws and how they can be turned into strengths and beauty. We will reinforce the idea that despite our flaws and times we fail, we are loved and loveable.

Flowers – This week’s arrangement was funded from a grant from the Board that covers un-sponsored Sundays.

Please note!  our Sunday collection basket  will be divided with  ‘Nepal Youth Foundation’ (NYF)

NOTICES & Dates for your Diaries

Message from the Management Board

Our minister, the Rev. Patrick O’Neill has now retired. We have many wonderful guest preachers to take the services over the next couple of months and hope to have a temporary minister in place to lead all services in the New Year. Meanwhile, we have elected an excellent search committee to seek a new settled minister. We hope to have someone in place in six months to a year’s time.

Cold Weather Shelter

The ‘Cold Weather Shelter’ happens on Friday nights in our Hall, commencing Friday 6th November.  A Volunteer sign up sheet is available each Sunday morning and evening in the Chapel or contact Margaret Perry to volunteer (email: margaretperry14{at}hotmail.co.uk)

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 Jim Burtles (email: burtles.j{at}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.

Coffee Hour – Volunteers invited!

Serving tea/coffee at 12.00pm in the side aisle is an enjoyable and useful activity. Please contact Margaret Perry (email: margaretperry14[at]hotmail.co.uk) to offer 30 minutes of time to suit you.

Membership Group

The Chapel welcomes newcomers at all times.  If you are new to the chapel or have been coming along to services for a little while and would like to know more about getting involved, becoming a member, or about the chapel in general, please contact Claire Julian of our Membership Group on o2o 7435 8254 or claire.marley[at]mac.com. If you are already a member and happen to chat to someone attending a service who would like more information, please do take their details and pass them on to Claire, as above. Thank you from the Chapel Membership Group

Registration for FUSE 2016 is now open! Join Unitarians for a weekend by the sea, enjoying good food and company as well as inspiring workshops and worship. Take advantage of the early bird discount of £20.00 if you register before 1st December 2015. You can register here: http://fusefest.org.uk/old-registration-form/

Services Next Sunday

Sunday 22 November (11am)

‘Freedom From Torture’

Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, has been working for more than 30 years to provide direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in the UK, as well as striving to protect and promote their rights.

Led by members of the Social Action Committee.

Sunday 22 November (7.00pm) – Evening Gathering

‘Spirituality & the poetry of Anna Wickham’

Anna Wickham was the pseudonym of Edith Alice Mary Harper, a British poet with strong Australian connections. She is remembered as a modernist figure and feminist writer. Her poems, with their unique blend of acerbity and lyricism, offer an explicitly female, often feminist, perspective on subjects ranging from marriage and motherhood to poetry itself.

Presented by Shirley King and Louise Hepburn.