Weekly Notices 30 Jul 2017

Published 28/07/2017

23rd July at 11am ‘A Greener Spirit’
Rev Kate Dean
​​​​​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 Lughnassadh or Lammas, the first of the Celtic harvest festivals. With music, ritual, poetry and perhaps a circle dance, we celebrate abundance. Led by Hillary Ratna & Ingrid Tavkar.


Potluck Lunch – Meet the Czechs! Don’t forget your contributions!
This Sunday, we will have our monthly ‘Pot Luck Lunch’ at 12:30 – 2.00pm (in the side isle) – 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.
It will be a simple lunch – quiche and a selection of salads, followed by summer fruits. Contributions of ‘homemade’ quiches, salads, and/or some summer fruits for dessert would be very much appreciated.
Ingrid Tavkar – Tel: 020 8455 0162; email: ingridtavkar@gmail com‘Listen Again’ to Alan Ruston’s service: Being Unitarian – Ideas or People?
If you want to learn more about the Unitarians but missed last week’s service by our visiting preacher, you can listen to a recording of his sermon on our website. Just click the link on the homepage: www.rosslynhillchapel.org.uk

Richard Bober leads The Meditation Fellowship’s retreat in November
Thanks to meditation practitioner Richard Bober, who filled in for Rev Kate Dean last Sunday with a fantastic evening of Music and Meditation with John Evans. If you’d like more, he will be at The Meditation Fellowship offers a weekend retreat in Salisbury 3 – 5 November 2017. Further details below, in Upcoming Events.

Can you offer work experience to a Syrian refugee?
Syrian refugees in Camden are looking for work experience opportunities to practise their English in a professional setting whilst gaining experience to help them find employment. An ideal placement would be one day per week in the NW post code area, or a short bus ride away. Some of the areas in which they have previously worked include accounting, teaching, baking, marble cutting, lorry driving and mobile phone repair but opportunities in any field are welcomed.

Being able to improve English skills and enhance CVs will be immensely valuable for finding employment in the future. This will be much more of a learning experience than a typical job so no payment is required. If you, or anyone you know, are able to provide any opportunities that could be suitable please contact Camden Welcomes Refugees, a local group of volunteers who are assisting Camden Council, by emailing camdenwelcomes@gmail.com

News from our Brahmo Samaj friends
Those of you who enjoyed the performance of Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry, at our service in May, might be interested in an event at the Globe Theatre:‘Awakening – Tagore’s Journey’
Sunday 10 September 2017 at 7.00 pm, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Globe Theatre

An evening of songs, poetry, theatre and dance with Meera Syal, Sasha Ghoshal and our team of talented performers at The Tagoreans – exploring the impact of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s creative works in awakening our inner consciousness, whilst ultimately leading to the awakening of national identity and the spirit of nationhood. The evening includes songs, poems, dances and excerpts from Tagore’s short stories, dance dramas and other dramatised works, presented primarily in English, whilst also including original compositions by Tagore in Bengali.

Part of the 2017 Festival of Independence organised by Globe Theatre celebrating 70 years of Indian independence, curated by celebrated British writer and playwright Tanika Gupta MBE

Booking information:


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 and Mercedes will be there to help!

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

The flowers this Sunday are sponsored by Kate and Stew Dean to celebrate three years of joyful marriage!If you have a special person or an event to celebrate or remember with flowers, please contact Sharron: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com  

Upcoming Events

Please note: All our Monday night programmes – except Poetry Group on 7th Aug at 7.30pm – will be taking a break in August.

Open Chapel every Sunday 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.

Can you help us host Open Chapel for a couple of hours (12 – 2pm or 2 – 4pm)? If so, 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).

Rosslyn Hill Chapel Choir is on holiday for the summer
Rehearsals begin again in September, each Wednesday at 7.30pm. New voices welcome, no audition required!
Monday 7th Aug at 7.30pm: Poetry Group 
(in Basement Cottage 3) Come and share your favourite poem or one of your own, with George Appleby: 020 7424 9733

Looking ahead to September at the Chapel – ‘Gathering the waters’ when you’re away… 

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. If you’re going away, please remember to bring some water back for this ceremony – or you can use your own tap!

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 6th August at 11am:
‘Welcome Summer’ Rev Kate Dean

As we throw open our doors to visitors each Sunday afternoon in August, we’ll consider what it means to offer true hospitality and celebrate the height of the summer season.
Sunday 25th June at 7pm:
Reflections on ‘Welcome Summer’

We will reflect on the them of hospitality in the summer season with a chance to share your thoughts. Led by Rev Kate Dean.