Weekly Notices 4 Oct 2015

Published 02/10/2015

Rev Dr Patrick T. O’Neill preaching – ‘The Inconvenience of Religion’

As one theologian puts it, ‘Faith is something one believes, while Religion is something one practices.’ Human nature being what it is, of course, there is almost always a gap between the two. Religion includes something more than just the privacy of the heart; also includes a willingness to have one’s inner harmony disturbed on occasion by the recognition of the pain and the brokenness of the less fortunate in the world around us, and the need for healing action in the world.  A conscience is an inconvenient thing! Come join us for worship this morning.  All are welcome!

Sunday 4 October (7.00pm) – Evening Gathering

‘Music, Words, Reflection and Silence’

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

Led by members of the congregation.

Children’s Programme There is no Children’s Programme or Crèche this morning.

There will be our usual children’s time next week.

Flowers Dedicated this Sunday Are sponsored by Jenny Noe-Nordberg.

COFFEE & TEA MONEY during October will be donated to ‘Freedom from Torture’

and our Sunday collection basket

will also be divided with Freedom from Torture’

NOTICES & Dates for your Diaries

You are invited!

…to a Farewell Celebration

for our Minister, the Rev Patrick O’Neill and his wife, Patricia Williams

who are returning to their native United States for retirement

Saturday 17 October 2015 (7.00pm) at the Chapel

A meal will be provided

Message from the Membership Group Welcoming new members – Sunday 18 October Reverend Patrick and the Membership Group will set aside part of morning service on Sunday 18th October to welcome members who have become involved with the chapel over the last couple of years. Claire Julian (of the membership group) will send invitations to all such new members, but would be very grateful if you could contact her on claire.marley{at}mac.com  (o2o 7435 8254) if you have joined the chapel since the summer of 2013 (so that she can double-check that we do not omit anyone).

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 Jim Burtles (email: burtles.j{at}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.

Coffee Hour – Volunteers invited!

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

Membership Group

The chapel welcomes newcomers at all times.  If you are new to the chapel or have been coming along to services for a little while and would like to know more about getting involved, becoming a member, or about the chapel in general, please contact Claire Julian of our Membership Group on o2o 7435 8254 or claire.marley@mac.com.If you are already a member and happen to chat to someone attending a service who would like more information, please do take their details and pass them on to Claire, as above. Thank you from the Chapel Membership Group

Services Next Sunday

Sunday 11 October (11.00am)

Guest Preacher Rev Jopie Boeke – ‘The Gift of Years’

This service aims to look at the many dimensions of ageing, the purposes and concerns, struggles and surprises, the potential and joys. Life is not just about the length of years, but about living in the values offered every day. Being human, in the fullest sense, is to explore the spiritual dimensions of life, and are profoundly and provokingly, religious issues. I have the, perhaps foolish, audacity to think I may have some wisdom to share having lived more years than most of you here. See you in church!

Sunday 11 October (7.00pm)

Evening Gathering – ‘Meditation’

‘The essence of meditation is simply to reach a ‘state of being’ – Come and join us for silence, reflection, poetry and music. Led by Ingrid Tavkar