Weekly Notices 3 Dec 2017

Published 04/12/2017

Sunday 3rd December at 11am 
Rev Kate Dean – ‘Advent: Waiting with hope, peace, joy and love’
As we begin the countdown to Christmas Day, we reflect on the practice of hopeful, peaceful waiting.

Sunday 3rd December at 6pm       
‘30 Minute Mindfulness’ on Sunday evenings          

These short meditations are aimed at those who want to deepen their meditation practice. 
Do join us for a peaceful pause at the end of the weekend. Open to all – people of all beliefs are welcome. FREE (donations welcome) 

Sunday 3rd December at 7pm 
Rev. Kate Dean – ‘Reflections on Advent’
A contemplative service reflecting on the meaning of Advent, with a chance for you to share your own responses to the theme.

STOP PRESS: Hampstead Christmas Fair

On Sunday (tomorrow), the Christmas Fair will take place on the High Street and Rosslyn Hill. Can you help us welcome guests in the chapel? We will keep the chapel open from 12 – 3pm. Please email Rev Kate if you are able to do a stint handing out self-guided tours or making tea: revkatedean@gmail.com

Celebrating Cecilia 
Chapel members John Evans and Kerry Reid (right) played a wonderful piece of Mozart at our Celebrating Cecilia service last week, in celebration of the power of music. Photo: John Booth

Good Cause for December
Supporting refugees through ‘Community Sponsorship’
The Chapel is committed to support the efforts by local community churches to sponsor a refugee family from a war-torn country to settle in the local area through the ‘Community Sponsorship’ scheme. In December we will be doing a number of fundraising events to highlight the project. Read on to find out more…

Children’s Chapel Bake Sale – Sunday 10th December
After the Shakeup Service on 10th December, you can buy delicious treats made by our Children’s Chapel members. They are raising funds for our refugee sponsorship project.

Bid in the Silent Auction 
A Fundraiser for our Community Sponsorship project for refugees and our wonderful Musical Instruments running throughout December

Great prizes including…

  • Dinner for two at Brasil Boteca, Camden
  • Cookery Class voucher at Borough Kitchen
  • Limited edition Rosslyn Hill Chapel mugs!

How it works

  1. You buy a bidding slip for £1
  2. You make a bid on your chosen item
  3. The highest bid wins the item

Winners announced at the ‘Blue Christmas’ morning service on Christmas Eve. Bidding slips available after services in December and at the ‘Songs for Advent’ concert on 7 December from Hadley or Shana. Contact Hadley Deist for more information:hdiest@gmail.com 

Labyrinth Meditation Peace Walk
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday 10th December at 7pm
Interfaith ministers Richard Nicols and Aleine Ridge, will return, bringing their replica of the labyrinth in Chartre Cathedral and help us to walk in meditation and peace. This will be a very special experience – don’t miss it.


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 10th 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

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.

Good Cause of the Month 
Our Sunday collection basket will be divided between the upkeep of our beautiful Chapel and Tree Aid, which works with local communities in the African drylands to help them protect and grow trees, for themselves and for future generations.

Thinking of becoming a member?
Recently we welcomed eight new members into our spiritual community + one person joined soon after the membership service!
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 who can introduce you to the minister or a member of the Membership Group.
Flowers for the Chalice Table
The flowers this week have been provided by the Flower Group.
If you have a special person or an event to celebrate or remember with flowers, please contact Daniela: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com 

Minister’s Restday
Please note that Rev Kate Dean’s restday is Wednesday. Any emails sent on this day will be answered on Thursday. If the message is urgent, please call or text.

Upcoming Events

Monday at 7:30pm Chapel Poetry Group in Basement Cottage 3

Share your favourite poems! This inspiring group meets to share favourite and original poetry. For more information, please contact George Appleby: gappleby@talktalk.net.

Wednesday at 5.45: Tai Chi in the Yang Style
7.30 – 9.30pm Choir rehearsal. Come and learn our songs for Christmas. For further details, please contact Beverley Davies: beverleydavies39@gmail.com

Thursday 7th December ‘Advent’ Charity Concert at 7.30pm to support our refugee sponsorship project Our second charity concert has an Advent theme,  and features 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 raise funds for the Chapel’s fine grand piano and organ.

Tickets available from every Sunday from Margaret Perry or Rev Kate Dean revkatedean@gmail.com Tickets also available on the door!

Tuesday ‘Living with Integrity’ discussion group
Our final meeting on 11th December at 7pm in the Chapel side aisle will be on the theme of ‘Living the Dying’.

Welcome Yule! 12th December: Help us to decorate in time for Christmas and all winter festivals!
On Tuesday, 12th December from 3.30 – 6 pm we are decorating the Chapel for all the Winter festivals.This is always a fun occasion. If you would like to lend a hand, your help would be much appreciated. Tea, coffee and mince pies provided! Please contact Janna:j.williams16@virginmedia.com
Registration for FUSE is now open with new luxury accommodation released!

FUSE Festival of Unitarians: 16th – 18th February 2018 at Horsley Estate, East Horsley, Surrey
The 2018 Festival of Unitarians in the South East (FUSE) promises to be a weekend filled with great opportunities to deepen your Unitarian experience, find time for your soul, meet lots of new people, enjoy good food, sing with great music and relax in beautiful surroundings! There will be a variety of interesting and engaging workshops on Spirituality, Community, Social Action, Creativity and Music. Book now and join in the fun!
Luxury rooms in Horsley Towers are now available on a first come, first served basis, so book now!

To get a taste of what FUSE is like, check out the video.

Our Theme Speaker is Rev Jim Robinson, Unitarian Universalist minister, and former minister of Rosslyn Hill Chapel. The seminar on Friday afternoon with Jim Robinson will be on ‘Fostering Beloved Community’
FUSE fees
Friday Half-day Seminar: £20
Double occupancy of double room £195 per person (includes all meals)
Single occupancy of double room £240 per person (includes all meals)
Rate for non-resident day delegates (includes lunch) £55 per person
Additional charge for day delegates
Saturday dinner £25 per person
Special rates for children up to 11 years old
Some bursaries are available on application. For more information seewww.fusefest.org.uk

Open Mind
Correction to the printed Open Mind newsletter:
Please note that our Book Group book is The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien.
In January, the Poetry Group will be meeting on New Year’s Day at 7.30pm and not 8 Jan as stated in the printed edition of Open Mind.
You can download the correct and final version of Open Mind December-January by clicking the button below.


Download ‘Open Mind’
Services Next SundaySunday 10th December at 11am
Rev Kate Dean – Second Sunday Shake Up: Get Ready!  
In this shake up service, we will be thinking about our Christmas wishes and what the winter season means to us.

Sunday 10th December at 6pm       
‘30 Minute Mindfulness’ on Sunday evenings          

These short meditations are aimed at those who want to deepen their meditation practice. 
Do join us for a peaceful pause at the end of the weekend. Open to all – people of all beliefs are welcome. FREE (donations welcome) 

Sunday 10th December at 7pm
Aleine Ridge and Richard Nickols- Labyrinth Walking Meditation 
Interfaith ministers Aleine and Richard return with their replica of the Chartre Cathedral floor pattern so that we may walk in peace and contemplation by candlelight.