Weekly Notices 27 Aug 2017

Published 25/08/2017

This Sunday’s Services

Sunday 27th August at 11am: ‘The Importance of Joy in our Lives’

We’ll explore how joy is different from happiness, what can block our joy, what connects us with our joy and how we can nourish this spiritual quality within ourselves.  Led by Rev Lindsay Stevens, an Interfaith Minister and friend of the Unitarians.

Sunday 27th August at 7pm: ‘Music and Meditation’ with Ingrid 
Join us for gentle recorded music and different forms of relaxing meditation with Ingrid Tavkar.


Happy Birthday Margaret!
We wish Margaret Perry many happy returns on her 80th birthday today!

Surprise birthday tea for beloved Chapel member!

(Photo: Margaret receives an unusual delivery from Ken Levy. Seen here with her son Paul)

Margaret was treated to a surprise birthday tea thanks to her grandchildren who organised it in secret. Surrounded by family, friends and Chapel members, we enjoyed cake and wonderful musical performances. Happy Birthday Margaret!

Open Chapel
Our last Open Chapel in August! We have held an Open Chapel every Sunday afternoon in August and have enjoyed meeting so many visitors and neighbours. Our last session will be this Sunday 1pm – 4pm where we will serve cream teas and offer self-guided tours to visitors. Do invite a friend to see our beautiful chapel!

Good Cause of the Month 
Our Sunday collection basket will be divided with ‘Chalk Farm Food Bank’ which provides emergency food to local people in crisis and which would welcome our help. 

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 

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 Sunday morning.

Upcoming Events
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 with our youth leader, Sarah. Parents are asked to remain with their children during the service. We look forward to the return of Kristin and Holly next week 🙂

Looking ahead to September 
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. The combined water is symbolic of our shared Unitarian faith coming from many different sources. Please remember to bring some water from your travels or your own tap!

Life Spirit – new Spiritual Development course starts on Monday 26th September
Following the success of the Shared Pulpit and SoulDeep courses in the past year, Rev Kate Dean will be running an 8 week course on Tuesday nights based on the book by Rev David Usher. Rev Usher has a long association with our Chapel as a former minister and the District Minister for London & the South East. Each session will look at a different ‘deep question’ and will include time for personal reflection and group discussion. The first session will be on 26th September. For more information or to book your place, contact Kate: revkatedean@gmail.com. Course fee: £10 (to cover the cost of your the Life Spirit book)

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
(Two minute walk from Leeds Railway Station) 
For further information contact Rev Jim Corrigall on 07909572279 or email corrigalljim@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 (www.ukunitarians.org.uk/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 3rd September (11.00am) 
Rev Kate Dean and Dr Kat Arney
‘The Wobble of Life’

We’ve all heard of nature versus nurture, but what about the ‘wobble’? Dr Kat Arney, a science writer and broadcaster, will talk about the complexity of life at the molecular level. With music from our guest speaker, too.
Sunday 3rd September (7.00pm)
Rev Kate Dean
‘Reflections on Nature vs Nurture’

Rev Kate Dean will lead a gentle service of reflection on this theme with an opportunity for everyone to share their responses to what Dr Kat Arney calls the ‘wobble’.