Weekly Notices 18 May 2014

Published 16/05/2014

Sunday Service 18th May at 11am

Dr. O’Neill will be preaching.  His sermon is entitled, ‘That Which Does Not Change’

Do we live in a world of bewildering flashing change?  Most certainly we do.  I it frightening at times, bewildering at times, confusing at times, easy to lose our way and lose sight of our values?  Indeed.  It is religion’s task to anchor us in the winds of change so that in the midst of the shifting storms of the external world, we still know who we are.  This morning we’ll consider that which does not change.  Come join us for worship today!

Potluck Lunch today

There will be a Potluck Lunch at 12:30 today in the Chapel side aisle – All are welcome!


Service at 7pm

Beginning our new 3rd Sunday Evening Series ‘Exploring Our Values’

Session 1: Mapping Our Spiritual Journey

The exercise of this first session is designed to give participants an overview of where their personal spiritual journey has led them to date, and a listing of some of the influences that have thus far helped shape their religious understanding.  Led by our Minister.

On the 3rd Sunday evening of each month we will explore a different ‘value’ of the spiritual journey.  You’ll want to bring a notebook!  And why not bring a friend along, too!

Children’s Programme

This Sunday we shall be learning about the third Unitarian principle, ‘we believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together’.

Flowers Dedicated this Sunday  The flowers this Sunday are sponsored by Steve Thompson “In gratitude”

Chapel Contributions and Outgoings

The Chapel is independent and self-financing.  We appreciate all the contributions made by our members and visitors.  Each week, we publish the level of contributions by the chapel community as well as the costs related to running our beautiful chapel.

*** Last Sunday’s plate collection (+ Gift Aid) £155:93

** Members by Standing Order £244:06

* Chapel Outgoings £4,631:10

*** NOTICES & Dates for your Diaries ***


Notices – If you have a notice you want to be printed on the insert page in the Order of Service, please send it to admin@rosslynhillchapel.com by the Wednesday before the service.  Any later than this, please speak to the Worship Assistant, and he/she will be able to announce it at the beginning of the Sunday Service.   


During May our Coffee & Tea money and the Sunday collection basket will be divided with ‘The Prince’s Trust’

The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives. It was founded in 1976 by Charles, Prince of Wales to help young people. The Prince’s Trust is an approachable and diverse organisation which values and respects people’s different backgrounds, characteristics, ideas and beliefs.

The Trust gives practical and financial support to disadvantaged young people, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. They work with 13 to 30 year olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

The Trust has helped more than 750,000 young people since 1976, and supports 100 more each working day. More than three in four young people they helped last year moved into work, education or training. Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year.

Chapel Flower Sponsorship Drive!

Sponsoring the Chapel’s flowers is one way to mark a special occasion, joyful or sad, serious or light-hearted and at the same time, make the Chapel beautiful for our Sunday worship.  The cost is £20.  The Flower Group is collecting sponsorship requests, or please contact the Chapel Office for a sponsorship form –admin@rosslynhillchapel.com


“The Music @ RHUC”

We hope to establish a new committee to deal with all aspects of musical life at Rosslyn Hill Chapel; including maintenance and improvements to the organ, piano and the space itself.  To serve on this group please email the chair: christophermason227[at]gmail.com


Chapel Poetry Group

The Poetry group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm in Basement Cottage 3.  Anyone who likes to write, read, share, or just listen to poetry is welcome.  For more information contact George Appleby gappleby[at]talktalk.net


 Thinking of becoming a member? – If you’d like to discuss becoming part of our spiritual community, please contact the Minister, Patrick, or leave your details on the form available from the stewards.


Values in Action

The Social Action Committee is delighted to invite anyone who is passionate about a cause or working, volunteering or campaigning for change to tell chapel friends about it: Reverend Patrick has offered a 3-minute slot for anyone who wishes to share news of VALUES IN ACTION during morning service on the FIRST Sunday in the month.

If you would like to take part, please send details of your topic to Social Action Committee member, Claire Julian [claire.marley[at]mac.com] so that these brief contributions can be co-ordinated. Thank you.

Claire Julian, On behalf of Social Action Committee


 *** Food Bank ***

Rosslyn Hill Chapel is supporting a Food Bank in Chalk Farm.  Please help by picking up one or two extra items when you shop and put them in our collection bag on a Sunday.  Details on the noticeboard in the Side Aisle.


 ‘Stitch & Stories’

Last December, I talked about the dormant ‘Stitch & Stories’ group which used to meet twice a months to knit and crochet for various charity projects, and to share personal stories. One of the projects I continue to support is ‘Knit for peace’ (website) and one of their slogans is: ‘Here at Knit for Peace we believe that knitting is good for people in all sorts of ways. As well as being fun and therapeutic, knitting brings people together and gives us a way of helping others in need’.

My hope is to resurrect the ‘Stitch & Stories’ group and create an opportunity for those interested to use their time and talents to create simple treasurers for others in need. The group is open to anyone who would like to learn to knit or crochet as well. Everyone is welcome. 

We meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month (1.00-3.00pm) and 4th Thursday (7.00-9.00pm), at Ingrid’s  email: ingridtavkar[at]gmail.com)


 Looking for Short Term Hosts for Unitarian Young Adult Social Justice Interns

SimpleGiftsUnitarian Centre for Social Action is once again hosting two interns this summer from the UU College of Social Justice.  We are still looking for families/individuals willing to host one or both for part of their time here.

These are motivated, bright idealists volunteering on various projects in East London and beyond.  We are currently looking for a sofa bed/small room for one intern from 30th June until 25th July.  If you think you might be able to help, even if only for two weeks, that would be immensely helpful.  Please email Rob Gregson rob[at]simplegiftsucsa.org.uk . Many thanks!


 Services Next Sunday 25th May at 11am

Dr. O’Neill will be preaching.  His sermon is entitled, ‘The Thick and Thin of Religion’

History provides many examples, according to historian Jonah Blank, of religions that have flourished and then ultimately disappeared because they did not observe a balance of thick and thin, the rational and the emotive, the thought as well as the poetry and ritual of religion, the mind and the inspiration that compose human vision at its most complete.  Come join us this morning as Dr. O’Neill leads us in an interesting conversation about the ‘Thick’ and ‘Thin’ of religion!

 Service at 7pm

Beginning our new 4th Sunday Evening Series

‘Witnessing Our Faith: Where Are We Called?’

This evening we begin a monthly series, ‘Witnessing Our Faith’, in which we will examine the notion of where and how our personal faith calls us to certain actions or endeavours that give witness to our faith.  As Gandhi once said, ‘Faith has consequences.  I live in a certain way, and I do certain things because of my personal faith’.  Dr. O’Neill introduces us this evening to the spiritual notion of “calling” and asks each of us to consider where we might feel called by the promptings of faith.  Come join us for a lively discussion which will continue now every 4th Sunday evening of the month.

Stand by this faith.

Work for it and sacrifice for it.

There is nothing in all the world

so important

as to be loyal to this faith

which has placed before us

the loftiest ideals

Olympia Brown