Weekly Notices 31 Jan 2016

Published 30/01/2016

‘Celebrating Community’

Led by members of the Worship Group

“A church is nothing more than its people and what they bring to it: their faith, their vision, their collective hopes and dreams, their memories and their customs, their history, their prayers, their good works, and their values.” Rev Patrick O’Neill.

Sunday 31st January  (7.00pm) Celebration of ‘Imbolc’ (also known as Candlemas)

This is one of the eight Celtic holy days of the year. It is dedicated to the Goddess Brigid and celebrates mid-winter with fire, water and ritual. Come and celebrate Imbolc with music, song, poetry and meditative silence. Led by members of our ‘Wheel of the Year’ group



FlowersThe flowers this week are sponsored by Ed Fordham

Please note! our Sunday collection basket will be divided with

the Spinal Research Trust


The Spinal Research Trust leads the way in finding a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.  (www.spinalresearch.org)


NOTICES & Dates for your Diaries


Pot Luck Lunches! – The next ‘Pot Luck Lunch’ will be on Sunday 31st January in the side aisle at 12.30pm (after the morning service). This is an informal, friendly occasions – all are welcome and the request is to bring some food to share, maybe homemade or cheese/fruit/salad. We look forward to seeing you there. Margaret Perry.


CHAPEL POETRY GROUP – meets on Monday 1st February at 7.30pm. For more information contact George Appleby (Tel: o2o 7424 9733, email: gappleby[at]talktalk.net)

Message from the Management Board


Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 28th February 2016 (after the morning service)

Make a note in your diary now!

The AGM is the time to review the past year, discuss the report and accounts, hear from the Chapel groups and committees and appoint members to the Management Board.

FUSE is taking place on 19th – 22nd February 2016 by the seaside in Worthing and is full of interesting workshops. Have a look on their website: fusefest.org.uk.

You can register to attend, but registration

                                                                           ENDS 5th FEBRUARY so move quickly.

Volunteers invited!

Serving tea/coffee at 12.00pm in the side aisle is an enjoyable and useful activity. Please contact Margaret Perry (margaretperry14[at]hotmail.co.uk) to offer 30 minutes of time to suit you.

Appointment of Rev Kate Dean as Temporary Minister

Our previous Minister, the Rev. Patrick O’Neill retired in November. The Board are delighted to announce that the Rev. Kate Dean will be our part time Temporary Minister, for six months, from mid-March, while the Search Committee seeks our next settled minister.

Before training as a Unitarian minister, Rev Dean was a member of this Chapel, and knows it well. She is passionate about the Unitarian movement and its potential to serve the wider society. She has several years’ experience of leading worship in a variety of settings. Rev Dean has also had a number of pastoral care roles and recognises the importance of this in developing spiritual communities. We are excited at the opportunity to have Kate as our part time Temporary Minister over the coming months and are delighted that she accepted the position.

Thanks are due to the Vice Chair of the Board, Steve Thompson, who led the search for a temporary minister, together with Jane Crispin and Deborah Frankel.

Message from Kate
“I’m really happy to be your future Temporary Minister and look forward to working with you from mid-March onwards. I’m grateful for the support I received from my Lewisham congregation on hearing the news. As you may know, I am their minister on a quarter-time basis, so I’ll be the Temporary Minister at Rosslyn Hill Chapel for the other three-quarters of the time. I hope to run a series of sessions called ‘Shared Pulpit’ at the Chapel, which will encourage members to explore their own spiritual journey and perhaps to develop a worship service around it. My first Sunday services will be on 20th March – see you there!”

Services Next Sunday

Sunday 7th February (11.00am) – ‘Not laws but love’

Guest Preacher Rev Martin Whitell

For many people of faith, this week sees the start of Lent. Most Unitarians tend not to follow the practice of 40 Days of self denial and thinking about our faults – ‘tho that is not to denigrate those who do. This service will concentrate on the opportunities we can make to support those who find themselves the victims of the criticism of others.

Sunday 7th February (7.00pm)

Music, Words, Reflection and Silence’

‘Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.’ Ludwig van Beethoven

Led by Margaret Perry & Ingrid Tavkar.