Weekly Notices 31 Dec 2017

Published 01/01/2018

Sunday 31st December at 11am
‘Letting go and New beginnings’
Led by Rev Lindsay Stevens, Interfaith Minister and including our annual ‘letting go’ ritual. A wonderful way to close the year!

NOTE: NO Mindfulness or Evening Gathering on New Year’s Eve.

Christmas Closure

Please note that the Chapel Office will be closed until 2nd January.

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: shanapbegum@gmail.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: 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: 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.

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 (revkatedean@gmail.com), or speak to one of the Stewards who can introduce you to the minister or a member of the Membership Group.

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
 Wednesday No Choir or Tai Chi this week!

Poetry Group on New Year’s Day!
The Poetry Group meets to share favourite poems and original work on the first Monday of the month. In January, they will meet on New Year’s Day – 1st January at 7.30pm in basement meeting room of Cottage 3, Pilgrim’s Place. Contact George Appleby for more information: gappleby@talktalk.net

Knitwits – knitting with our Jewish friends 14th January 2 – 4.30pm
The JW3 Centre on Finchley Road is hosting a knitting afternoon. Come along and knit or learn to knit. Bring your own project or knit an item for the charity Knit for Peace. For more details, call Marina 07956510914 or email marina@thekingandeye.co.uk
Labyrinth Walking Meditation 14th January 7 – 8.30pm
Our meditation last Sunday was cancelled due to the bad weather but we will try again in January. Our labyrinth walk will be a quiet time to consider our intentions for the new year. Please mark your diaries for this lovely spiritual experience.

Book Group on Monday 22nd January
Chapel’s Book Group is currently reading The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien, described as ‘boldly imagined’ and ‘astonishing’ novel set in rural Ireland following the repercussions of the Bosnian conflict. We will meet to discuss this short but engrossing read on Monday 22nd January at 7pm.

Living with Integrity discussion group 29th January
Our final discussion on the chapter ‘Living the Dying’ will take place on Monday 29th January at 7pm in the Chapel’s side aisle.

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
You can download the correct and final version of Open Mind December-January by clicking the button below.


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Services Next Sunday

Sun 7th Jan. 11amTwelfth Night Wisdom’ with Rev Kate Dean
Reflections on the wonder of the Wise visitors and time to pack away the Christmas decorations.

Sun 7th Jan. 6pm 30 Minute Mindfulness

Sun 7th Jan. 7pm ‘Reflections on Twelfth Night’ with Rev Kate Dean

We consider the wonder of the Wise visitors in this contemplative service, with an opportunity to share your responses on the theme.