|NewsDon’t forget items for the Food Bank
We continue to collect items for Chalk Farm Food Bank, so please bring non-perishable food and toiletries to Chapel on Sunday mornings. You can leave your donations on the table at the back of the Chapel.
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. If you are interested in providing hands-on help with this project, please contact our rep Shana Begum: email@example.com
Thank you to the winners of our Silent Auction who helped to raise over £300 for our Community Sponsorship project!
Freedom from Torture: Books of poetry by refugees
The charity Freedom from Torture also works to support refugees through various initiatives. Their ‘Write to Life’ project encourages self-expression through poetry and several books have been published. You can purchase ‘Hands and Wings’ and ‘Where are you from?’ via their website.
Here is another poem from one of the participants:
I am not a normal person
I am sharp sharp but tiny with a narrow hole.
There is no choice
I have to turn and turn my visitor
Just to keep it in shape
To sharpen and prepare my slim client
To suit a kid’s hand.
She is turning her pencil, looking up at the simple round shape
Of the lampshade.
It makes her think of the earth; she wants to shape the earth.
She wants to make a space for those who are not welcome.
She wants to make them welcome…
To welcome them.
I am not a normal person. I am just a sharpener.
I am making the pencil a better shape.
She wants to make the earth a better place.
Volunteering at the Cold Weather Shelter – last few weeks!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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 our Community Sponsorship project to support a refugee family to move to London.
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. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or speak to one of the Stewards who can introduce you to the minister or a member of the Membership Group.
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.