Weekly Notices 17 Sep 2017

Published 16/09/2017

This Sunday’s Services

Sunday 17th September (11.00 am) 
Guest Preacher Rev Charles VanDen Broeder
Harvest Service
The yearly Harvest Service was traditionally the time of year when farmers gave thanks to God for a successful harvest but most Unitarians today live in an urban environment so have little to do with agricultural. So my question is to whom do we give thanks and how can we best express it.
Please Note: We’re asking everyone to bring non-perishable food to Chapel today – these will be donated to a charity as part of our annual Harvest Celebration!

Sunday 17th September (7.00pm)
The Victorians – Poetry Prose & Music
Shirley King will be leading an evening of Victorian poetry and prose, accompanied by Rose Andresier playing classical guitar music.


Special announcement

Rev kate Dean
Read Rev Kate’s profile in this week’s Ham and High newspaper.
‘My Hampstead’ Q&A on p.29 in print or e-edition

Good Cause of the Month 
Our Sunday collection basket will be divided with ‘The Refugee Council’,  one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees and asylum seekers and supporting them to rebuild their lives.  

The Chapel has been decorated by the Flower Group and Friends of the Flower Group for our Harvest celebration. The fruit and vegetables will be donated to the Simon Community in Kentish Town.  

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

Open House/Open Chapel afternoon – Sunday 17th September 1.00-4.00 pm
Our last Open Chapel of the year… to mark London Open House weekend, we’ll be open 
1.00 – 4.00pm this Sunday.

Rosslyn Hill Chapel, under a number of names and several buildings, has been an important centre for dissenting worship since 1692 and the present building has much of interest for visitor and this weekend the Chapel glows with fruit and flowers for our Harvest celebration. There will be refreshments and self-guided tours. Do drop in.

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? 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.

Upcoming Events

‘Heart and Soul’ alternative week night service meets on Monday 18th September at Chapel at 7.00pm. A gentle, informal and interactive service with a mix of readings, meditation and sharing. 

Life Spirit – a new Spiritual Development course starts on Tuesday 26th September
Join Rev Kate Dean for a Tuesday night course based on the book by Rev David Usher. We will explore deep questions through reading, discussion, personal reflection and deep listening. The first session will be on 26th September and will run until 21st November (no session on 14th November). For more information and to book your place, contact Kate: revkatedean@gmail.com. Course fee: £10. Please book in advance so that we can order copies of the book (included in the fee)!

Charity Concerts on 9th November and 7th December
Get ready for something special! The Chapel is often used as a concert venue and for recordings because of its excellent acoustic. The Chapel Choir holds an annual fundraiser which is always entertaining. In November and December, we as a Chapel community will host two concerts to support some very worthy causes. So please pencil in these dates…
9th November – a concert of words and music featuring professional musicians and guest speakers including Dame Janet Suzman. This concert will be co-hosted by the Mayor of Camden, Cllr Richard Cotton, whose chosen charity is C4WS. All proceeds will be divided between our musical instruments and C4WS which helps us to organise our Cold Weather Shelter for the homeless each winter.
7th December – a concert with a winter theme featuring three choirs! The Chapel Choir will be joined by a semi-professional ensemble and girls from the renowned Channing School Choir.
Look out for more details in our Notices emails. Tickets will be on sale in advance.

Unitarian Theology Conference 2017 
500 Years On – The Reformation Must Continue! 

Friday 13th October – ‘On God’  – Ant Howe, Jane Blackall, Lewis Connolly
Saturday 14th October – ‘On Unitariansim’ – Ann Peart, Justin Meggit, Stephen Lingwood 
Panel: Claire MacDonald, Lucy Harris, Robin Hanford 
Mill Hill Unitarian chapel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 5EB
For further information contact Rev Jim Corrigall on 07909572279 or emailcorrigalljim@gmail.com
Starting at 11.30am on Friday 13th October with worship. Ending at 5.45pm. 7.15pm Informal discussion in the Chapel and “pub theology.” Re-starting at 9.30am on Saturday 14th October. Ending at 3pm. Bring your own lunches or buy nearby. No entry charge. No need to book a place. Donations to cover costs gratefully received. Plenty of reasonably priced hotels nearby. 
Talks will be filmed by UK Unitarian TV 

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 24th September (11.00am) 
Guest Speaker Tanya Morrison
‘Big ideas and hard questions of our time’
Drawing on her father’s writings and the issues raised through the annual Ken Morrison lectures, Tanya Morrison looks at the challenges that liberal religious thinking has in navigating through times of ‘public chaos’.  

Sunday 24th September (7.00pm)
‘Autumn Equinox Celebration’
Led by members of our ‘Wheel of the Year’ group, and drawing from the Celtic earth/pagan tradition, we will celebrate the autumn equinox. The service is participatory and one of the eight great Celtic celebrations during the ‘wheel of the year’.