Weekly Notices 3 Sep 2017

Published 03/09/2017

This Sunday’s Services

Sunday 3rd September (11.00 am) 
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. She will also play the harp…
Sunday 3rd September (7.00 pm)
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’.

Children’s Chapel – welcome back!
We welcome our youth leaders Kristin, Holly, Sarah and all the kids back after the summer break.

Farewell and à bientôt to Erich and Huggy!
At the end of September, two very familiar faces will leave their positions at the Chapel. Chapel member Erich Wagner will retire after several years as Assistant Administrator and Huggy Leaver has resigned from his role as Caretaker and Handyman. We are very grateful for their contributions over the years. They will be hard to replace, but if you know of anyone who might have the right skills for these roles, please contact Sharron Conduit: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com

Good Cause of the Month 
Our Sunday collection basket will be divided with ‘The Refugee Council’,  one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees and asylum seekers and supporting them to rebuild their lives.  

The flowers this Sunday are in memory of Ken Morrison whose birthday was on 3rd Sept, from his grateful daughter Tanya.
If you have a special person or an event to celebrate or remember with flowers, please contact Sharron: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com 

Join the Happy Harvest Decorations Club!
The Flower Group welcomes anyone who would like to join them on Thursday 14th September (3.15-5.15pm) to decorate for our Harvest Festival. Flowers, fruit and veg are provided. Pleasant, easy work and good fun. Just come along or contact Janna Williams for further details (j.williams16@virginmedia.com)

Stewarding: Can You Help Us Welcome on Sunday mornings?
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: zoegerrard07@gmail.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?
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, or speak to one of the Stewards. We look forward to welcoming new members at our Membership Service in October!

Upcoming Events

CHAPEL POETRY GROUP meets on Monday 4th September at 7.30pm. For more information contact George Appleby (Tel: 020 7424 9733, email: gappleby@talktalk.net)

Join us for a ‘Shake up breakfast’ on 10th September
Inspired by the bon viveurs at Golders Green Unitarians, Margaret Perry will be hosting a breakfast before the ‘Gathering the Waters’ service. A continental breakfast will be served from 9.30am – 10.30am at the price of £3, including tea/coffee!

Sunday 17th September – Harvest Festival
This year, our Harvest service will be conducted by Rev Charles VanDen Broeder, who is the current General Assembly President. 

Life Spirit – a new Spiritual Development course starts on Tuesday 26th September
Join Rev Kate Dean for a Tuesday night course based on the book by Rev David Usher. We will explore deep questions through reading, discussion, personal reflection and deep listening. The first session will be on 26th September and will run until 21st November (no session on 14th November). For more information and to book your place, contact Kate: revkatedean@gmail.com. Course fee: £10. Please book in advance so that we can order copies of the book (included in the fee)!

Charity Concerts on 9th November and 7th December
Get ready for something special! The Chapel is often used as a concert venue and for recordings because of its excellent acoustic. The Chapel Choir holds an annual fundraiser which is always entertaining. In November and December, we as a Chapel community will host two concerts to support some very worthy causes. So please pencil in these dates…

9th November – a concert of words and music featuring professional musicians and guest speakers including Dame Janet Suzman. 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.

7th December – a concert with a winter theme featuring three choirs! The Chapel Choir will be joined by a semi-professional ensemble and girls from the renowned Channing School Choir.
Look out for more details in our Notices emails. Tickets will be on sale in advance.

Unitarian Theology Conference 2017 
500 Years On – The Reformation Must Continue! 

Friday 13th October – Saturday 14th October 
Mill Hill Unitarian chapel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 5EB
For further information contact Rev Jim Corrigall on 07909572279 or email corrigalljim@gmail.com 

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 10th September  (11.00am)  
Rev Kate Dean
Second Sunday Shakeup: ‘Gathering the Waters’
This ‘water communion’ was first used at a Unitarian Universalist congregation in the 1980s. Each person brings a small amount of water from a place that is special to them or from a place they have visited over the summer. The combined water is a symbol of our shared Unitarian faith coming from many different sources – please remember to bring some water with you to add to the bowl, even if it’s from your own tap!

Sunday 10th September  (7.00pm)
‘Reflections on Water’
Reflecting on the significance of water – a scarce resource threatened and denied to millions around the world. Led by Ingrid Tavkar