Weekly Notices 23 Jul 2017

Published 21/07/2017

Here are the notices of services and events this week.
Sunday 23 July (11.00am) ‘Being Unitarian: ideas or people?’

Guest Preacher Alan Ruston

Have you thought about how you became a Unitarian? Was it the principles, the theology (or the lack of it) that you heard or read about that attracted you? Perhaps it was the community of people you first met and continue to meet at Rosslyn Hill that continues to keep you coming.

Sunday 23 July (7.00pm) Live Music and Meditation

Join us for uplifting live piano music from John Evans and different forms of relaxing meditation with Richard Bober, member of Golders Green Unitarians and lead practitioner of The Meditation Fellowship.


Pot Luck Lunch with Unitarians from the Czech Republic – 30th July
The next ‘Pot Luck Lunch’ will be on Sunday 30th July in the side aisle at 12.30pm (after the morning service) – it will be in honour of young Unitarian guests from the Czech Republic. This is an informal, friendly occasions – all are welcome and the request is to bring some food to share or make a financial contribution (£3.00 minimum). We look forward to seeing you there.

Open Chapel 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.

If you would like to help us host Open Chapel for a couple of hours (12 – 2pm or 2 – 4pm), please contact Kate with when you’re available: revkatedean@gmail.comSunday 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 (pictured here).

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 (revkatedean@gmail.com), or speak to one of the Stewards on a Sunday morning.

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.

Good Cause of the Month 
Our Sunday collection basket will be divided with ‘FOUR PAWS’ an international animal welfare charity. 

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

This Monday: Book Group – will meet on Monday 24th July at 7.00pm (Chapel Side Aisle). Join us to discuss this month’s book choice: ‘Leaving Alexandria’ – A Memoir of Faith and Doubt’ by Richard Holloway

Please note: All our Monday night programmes will be taking a break in August.
Know any teens who are thinking about what it means to be a particular gender?

‘Me Myself I: Exploring the gender revolution’ is a Unitarian retreat for 12 – 17 year olds.

7-11 August 2017 
Join us in the Peak District for creativity, discussion, workshops, free time, meditation, a day of outdoor pursuits, cartooning and time to learn more about gender issues. Everyone welcome – non-Unitarians and Unitarians and people of all faiths. Download a booking form from https://www.unitarian.org.uk/civicrm/event/info… or contact John Harley for more info: jharley@unitarian.org.uk

Looking ahead to September at the Chapel 
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 2017
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 30th July at 11am
Rev Kate Dean ‘A Greener Spirit’
​​​​​For many in our congregation, honouring the natural world is part of their Unitarian faith. How can we live our values through respecting and conserving our planet?

Sunday 30th July at 7pm
‘Lughnasadh/’Lammas’ Celebration
The Wheel of the Year celebration of Lughnasadh or Lammas, the first of the Celtic harvest festivals. With music, ritual, poetry and perhaps a circle dance, we celebrate abundance. Led by the Wheel of the Year group