Weekly Notices 21 May 2017

Published 20/05/2017

This Sunday’s Services

Sunday 21 May (11.00 am)
Guest Preacher Stephen Crowther: ‘Tender Bridges’

Today’s service was prompted by a recent Inquirer article about the ‘tender bridges’ that we build when we connect ‘that which lives at the heart of our problems to the heart of the problems of others. Then we become bridges to each other, to the world, and to the spirit that informs everything’. I suggest that we can begin building tender bridges by listening to each other as we share the stories of who we are.

Sunday 21 May (7.00 pm) Evening Gathering: ‘Dancing into Summer’
We are dancing for enjoyment to beautiful music from many cultures and experiencing sound meditation and healing. You don’t have to be an experienced dancer to enjoy yourself! ADMISSION FREE but donations for ‘Four Paws’, an international animal welfare charity, welcomed. Led by Zoe Gerrard.

Special announcement:
Please RSVP for the Anniversary Service on 4 June. Details below.

Community Spotlight: Our stewards give a warm welcome on Sundays!
Last month, our Stewards Co-Ordinator Jim Burtles took the spotlight during a service to share the delights of welcoming guests on Sunday mornings.Jim says, ‘Stewarding is an essential duty; which means that someone has to do it.  Now, whatever else you may be, you are a kind of someone and we need your help occasionally. Of course, I do understand and accept that some of us can’t step forward for various reasons, which makes it even more important for the capable ones to play their part. The procedure is fairly straightforward: 

1. By email we agree a date. 
2. I send you a reminder with instructions.
3. On the day, you arrive a bit early to organise yourself and the handouts.
4. As people arrive you welcome them and hand them a hymn book. 
5. After the service you tidy up and go home, feeling better and proud of the fact that you have been a good, kind and useful someone this morning.’

If you would like to be a steward and you’ve never done it before, Jim will match you with someone more experienced, but as he says ‘if you can smile, you qualify!’ Contact Jim: burtlesj@gmail.com

Show your support for refugees
Last night, volunteers from the Cold Weather Shelter, members of local churches and a representative of Camden Welcomes met to discuss setting up a Coffee Club to support refugees and asylum-seekers in our neighbourhood. If you would like to get involved, please email Kristin Howe to be added to the volunteer mailing list: krislinn2003@yahoo.com

You might also be interested in our discussion group on Monday 12th June at 7pm: Living With Integrity
We’re working through the chapters of the book ‘Living with Integrity: Unitarian Values and Beliefs in Practice’. In keeping with our refugee theme this month, we will focus on the chapter ‘Including the Other’

Good Cause of the Month
Our Sunday collection basket will be divided with Good Gifts, to buy a ‘solar cooker’ and ‘Home Starter Kit’.

The flowers for the chalice table this week are provided by the Flower Group.
If you have a special person or an event to celebrate or remember with flowers, please contact Sharron: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com 

Upcoming Events

Date for your diaries: Sunday 9th July Special service followed by All Weather Picnic!
We will be joined by the UK’s Unitarian Youth Group, fresh from their appearance at London Pride the previous day. After the service, we’ll enjoy a picnic on the manse lawn (or in the hall) along with members of Churches Together in Hampstead. Do join us.

Sunday 4th June Anniversary Service at 6.30pm (note: special time)
Our annual Anniversary Service is held on the nearest Sunday to 5th June, the date of the first service in our current chapel building in 1862. We will honour our charity partners with a short service followed by a Wine Reception and an opportunity to make new connections!

Sunday 11th June after the Flower Communion service: 
Bring and Buy Sale by the kids – in aid of Toilet Twinning
In April, Zoe Gerrard told us more about the Toilet Twinning Scheme which we support. By raising £60 we can twin one of our toilets with a loo in a developing country. We now have ten loos to our name! Zoe told us that we could also raise funds for a toilet block in a school which would allow girls to get an education – they are often kept at home if there are no suitable facilities. The Children’s Chapel children were inspired by Zoe to support the scheme even more and the will hold a Bring and Buy sale to raise £250 for a school toilet block. Please encourage the children by bringing good quality, complete gift items for adults and children and by buying some of the goods on offer!

Friday 23rd June at 7.30pm ‘Neighbours Social’ with Golders Green Unitarians 
Join us at Rosslyn Hill Chapel for a quirky evening of entertainment with our friends at Golders Green Unitarians. Anyone wishing to offer entertainment – music, story, song, poem, etc – should contact Kate: revkatedean@gmail.com

Saturday 8th July 11.00am onwards ‘London Pride’
Come and represent Unitarians at one of the largest LGBT festivals in the world. 

“Are you free to celebrate on Saturday 8th July 2017? Joining the Unitarians at London Pride will be one of the best life experiences for you as a Unitarian – it really is that simple.

On Saturday 8th July we will gather, raise our flags, dan our whistles and drums and March through the centre of London cheered on by up to 2 million people supporting LGBTI Equality.

If you have any queries contact ed.fordham@gmail.com or text Ed on 07974950512.  We will be joined by Minister, readers, activists and more – everyone is welcome. just let us know for definite so we can plan numbers.

Services Next Sunday
Sunday 28th May (11.00am)
Rev Kate Dean – ‘The Bigger Picture’

We are part of something bigger, a movement of around a thousand Unitarian congregations worldwide. Although we are an independent self-governing Chapel, we are also members of the General Assembly, the UK national Unitarian body. Come and find out more about what’s happening on the national scene and the part we all have to play.

Sunday 28 May (7.00pm)
Rev Kate Dean – Live Music and Meditation

Join us for uplifting live piano music from John Evans and different forms of relaxing meditation with rev Kate Dean guide meditation, walking meditation, chanting and body prayer.