Weekly Notices 29 Oct 2017

Published 27/10/2017

Sunday 29th October (11.00am)
The Welsh Connection

Rev Kate Dean with Shirley King: Born and bred in South Wales, Shirley will trace the influence of Welsh Unitarianism from its development, particularly by a group of dissenters, in an area of rural Wales called ‘The Black Spot’.
Sunday 29th October (7.00pm) 
Samhain Pagan Celebration
A time to honour our ancestors and to say farewell to those that have passed this last year. The service is participatory and one of the eight great Celtic celebrations during the ‘Wheel of the Year’. Led by our Wheel of the Year group.
Special announcement
The clocks go back on Pot Luck Sunday!
The clocks change this Sunday at 2am so please remember to reset your watches in order to arrive at Chapel at the right time! And don’t forget – it’s Pot Luck Lunch this Sunday so join us. Bring a plate to share or pay £3 towards the feast.
NewsChalk Farm Food Bank – Advent Calendar
As well as supporting the Food Bank by bringing your non-perishable goods to Chapel on Sunday, here’s a new way to help:

Celebrating the New Hall Kitchen!  
Congregational Lunch and Board discussion  
Sunday 26th November

We are very pleased that the Hall kitchen upgrade has now been completed.  In celebration, we would like to invite you to a congregational lunch on Sunday 26th November to inaugurate the updated kitchen.

The Chapel uses the kitchen as part of its Social Action involvement in the annual Cold Weather Shelter.  We’re sure the CDW will appreciate the improved facilities.  If you would like to participate in the CDW, please see more information in this Bulletin.  

This is also an opportunity for the Board to listen to the views of members (and potential members) about its proposed strategy to 2025, potential for growing membership and activities, and plans for the coming year.  We do hope you will be able to join, listen to our ideas and discuss your vision with other members of our community.

We would appreciate contributions to the Chapel lunch.  If you can help with organising the lunch or provide food, please contact 

Send us your favourite hymns!On 26th November (the same day as the Congregational Lunch) we’ll be ‘Celebrating Cecilia’ at the morning service. In the Christian tradition, St Cecilia was the patron saint of music. We will celebrate the human spirit which created some of our favourite hymns. So if you have a favourite from our hymnals that you want to sing at the service, please email Rev Kate and the most popular ones will be included: revkatedean@gmail.com

Volunteering at the Cold Weather Shelter – sign up this Sunday
Rosslyn Hill Chapel has hosted the Shelter for several years. Again we will open the Chapel hall on Friday nights (from 3rd November to mid-January) to provide up to 15 homeless guests each week with dinner, conversation and entertainment, a safe bed, and a hearty breakfast.  There are lots of ways to help – serving food, chatting, playing board games, staying overnight, cooking, or donating towards the costs (approximately £100 per week).

We need 5 or 6 volunteers for each Friday evening, 2 for each Friday night, and 4 for each Saturday morning (guests leave by 9am). The guests tell us the Shelter really does change lives.  If you would like to take part or to find out more, please contact Leighton Cole: leightoncole90@gmail.com Tel 020 8444 9728.

Visit C4WS’s website for more information on their work: www.C4WSHOMELESSPROJECT.org

Mitzvah Day day of social action 19th Nov.
Do a good deed for someone else! 
The JW3 community centre are offering a variety of activities for you to get involved with. Let’s all join in as this day is open for everyone to get involved with. 
How you can join in
They need volunteers for the following activities at JW3: 

  • Adult Volunteers to helping children make apple crumbles for the Chapel’s Cold Weather Shelter (2 – 5pm)
  • Young adult volunteers (age 16+) to help children create welcome books for refugees (2 – 5pm)
  • Adult volunteers to knit squares for blankets for homeless and refugees (2 – 5pm)

They would also love to see children/families take part in all our activities which include making cards for sick children in hospital, wrapping gifts for terminally ill children and much more.
If you want to volunteer please contact karen@jw3.org.uk
If you want your children to take part, then just turn up on the day!  All at JW3, 341 – 351 Finchley Road NW6 3ET.

Findhorn Unitarian Network (FUN)  
A special opportunity for younger Unitarians to attend
The FUN EXPERIENCE WEEK Jan 27 – Feb 3 2018
Are you under 40?
The Wood Green Trust will fund 50% of the cost of the programme for the first three applicants. You can also ask your district or chapel with assistance with rail fares.

Enquiries to:
Valerie Chamberlain, Convener, Findhorn Unitarian Experience Week,FindhornUnitarianNetwork@gmail.com tel 01257 482314 or
Riena Jackson, Secretary 01473 210064.

About FUN: UK Unitarians are welcome to apply to attend a Unitarian Experience Week at the Findhorn Foundation in northern Scotland. The programme provides an opportunity to experience the daily spiritual practice of an inter-faith community from a Unitarian perspective. The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual, ecological and educational charity based at Forres near Inverness in Scotland. It has grown over the past 52 years into an international centre, whose successes have been recognised by UNESCO, and by spiritual communities around the world. 

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?

Recently we welcomed eight new members into our spiritual community! If you have been attending our Chapel services and events for some time, you might consider making Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel your spiritual home. 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.

Good Cause of the Month 

Our Sunday collection basket will be divided between the upkeep of our beautiful Chapel and our ‘Cold Weather Shelter’ which costs £100 per week to run (and many volunteer hours!)

Flowers for the Chalice Table

The flowers this Sunday are provided by our hard-working Flower Group – thank you!
If you have a special person or an event to celebrate or remember with flowers, please contact Daniela: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com 

Upcoming Events

NOTE: There is no Book Group meeting on Monday.

Tuesday ‘Life Spirit’ – a new Spiritual Development course.
We meet on Tuesdays including 24th October (no session on 14th Nov, last session on 21st Nov). We will explore deep questions through reading, discussion, personal reflection and deep listening based on the Life Spirit book by Rev David Usher. For more information or to book your place, please contact Kate: revkatedean@gmail.com/ 07870 322 519 

Charity Concerts on 9th November and 7th December
In November and December, we as a Chapel community will host two concerts to support some very worthy causes. 

Tickets are now on sale for our November concert – buy them after a Sunday service from Shana Begum or Rev Kate Dean (no booking fee!) or buy online from Eventbrite: goo.gl/NMPDs8

‘Outsiders’ Concert: 9th November
 – a concert of words and music featuring professional musicians and guest speakers including Dame Janet Suzman, Alfie Nash and Shirley King. 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. 

‘Advent’ Concert: 7th December – a concert with an Advent theme featuring three choirs! The Chapel Choir will be joined by a semi-professional ensemble and girls from the renowned Channing School Choir. We’ll raise funds for our refugee project, joining with ‘Churches Together in Hampstead’ to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, and the Chapel’s fine grand piano and organ.

Advanced booking recommended!
Booking information: You can buy tickets for the ‘Outsiders’ Concert after the morning service from Rev Kate Dean or Shana Begum. You can also book via Eventbrite goo.gl/NMPDs8
or by PayPal or bank transfer by contacting revkatedean@gmail.com

Services Next SundaySunday 5th Nov at 11am
Chapel Elders ‘Dissent, Diversity and Unity’
The annual service led by the Chapel Elders will explore three episodes of courage, commitment and continuity in the Chapel’s past, to inform the present.

Sunday 5th Nov 7pm – 8.30pm 
Zoe Gerrard ‘Dancing into Winter’
We are dancing for enjoyment to beautiful music from many cultures. The dances are simple so you don’t have to be an experienced dancer to enjoy yourself!
A collection will be taken for the charity ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’. Light refreshments available.