Weekly Notices 5 Nov 2017

Published 03/11/2017

Sunday 5th Nov at 11am
Chapel Elders ‘Dissent, Diversity and Unity’
The annual service led by the Chapel Elders will explore three episodes of courage, commitment and continuity in the Chapel’s past, to inform the present.

Sunday 5th Nov at 7 – 8.30pm  
Zoe Gerrard ‘Dancing into Winter’
We are dancing for enjoyment to beautiful music from many cultures. The dances are simple so you don’t have to be an experienced dancer to enjoy yourself!A collection will be taken for the charity ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’. Light refreshments available.


Last Chance to Buy Your ‘Outsiders Concert’ tickets
Outsiders Concert Thursday 9th November at 7.30pm
We hope you’ll join us at this special event. You can buy tickets from Margaret or Shana this Sunday and a number of tickets will be available on the door.
NewsRegistration for FUSE is now open!
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!
To get a taste of what FUSE is like, check out the video.

Our Theme Speaker is Rev Jim Robinson, Unitarian Universalist minister, 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

Chalk Farm Food Bank – Advent Calendar
As well as supporting the Food Bank by bringing your non-perishable goods to Chapel on Sunday, here’s a new way to help:

NEW!! ‘30 Minute Mindfulness’ on Sunday evenings at 6pm                

From 12th November, Rev Kate Dean will begin a new series of meditation sessions called 30 Minute Mindfulness. These short meditations are aimed at those who want to deepen their meditation practice before the Evening Gathering, and those who are not available to attend the Evening Gathering. Do join us for the peaceful pause at the end of the weekend.

Celebrating the New Hall Kitchen!  
Congregational Lunch and Board discussion  
Sunday 26th November

We are very pleased that the Hall kitchen upgrade has now been completed.  In celebration, we would like to invite you to a congregational lunch on Sunday 26th November to inaugurate the updated kitchen.

The Chapel uses the kitchen as part of its Social Action involvement in the annual Cold Weather Shelter.  We’re sure the CDW will appreciate the improved facilities.  If you would like to participate in the CDW, please see more information in this Bulletin.  

This is also an opportunity for the Board to listen to the views of members (and potential members) about its proposed strategy to 2025, potential for growing membership and activities, and plans for the coming year.  We do hope you will be able to join, listen to our ideas and discuss your vision with other members of our community.

We would appreciate contributions to the Chapel lunch.  If you can help with organising the lunch or provide food, please contact 

Send us your favourite hymns!On 26th November (the same day as the Congregational Lunch) we’ll be ‘Celebrating Cecilia’ at the morning service. In the Christian tradition, St Cecilia was the patron saint of music. We will celebrate the human spirit which created some of our favourite hymns. So if you have a favourite from our hymnals that you want to sing at the service, please email Rev Kate and the most popular ones will be included: revkatedean@gmail.com

Volunteering at the Cold Weather Shelter – sign up this Sunday
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

Mitzvah Day day of social action 19th Nov.
Do a good deed for someone else! 
The JW3 community centre are offering a variety of activities for you to get involved with. Let’s all join in as this day is open for everyone to get involved with. 
How you can join in
They need volunteers for the following activities at JW3: 

  • Adult Volunteers to helping children make apple crumbles for the Chapel’s Cold Weather Shelter (2 – 5pm)
  • Young adult volunteers (age 16+) to help children create welcome books for refugees (2 – 5pm)
  • Adult volunteers to knit squares for blankets for homeless and refugees (2 – 5pm)

They would also love to see children/families take part in all our activities which include making cards for sick children in hospital, wrapping gifts for terminally ill children and much more.
If you want to volunteer please contact karen@jw3.org.uk
If you want your children to take part, then just turn up on the day!  All at JW3, 341 – 351 Finchley Road NW6 3ET.

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: zoegerrard@btinternet.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.

Thinking of becoming a member?

Recently we welcomed eight new members into our spiritual community! 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.

Good Cause of the Month 

Our Sunday collection basket will be divided between the upkeep of our beautiful Chapel and our ‘Cold Weather Shelter’ which costs £100 per week to run (and many volunteer hours!)

Flowers for the Chalice Table

The flowers this Sunday are provided by our talented Flower Group – thank you!
If you have a special person or an event to celebrate or remember with flowers, please contact Daniela: admin@rosslynhillchapel.com 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday ‘Life Spirit’ – a new Spiritual Development course.
We meet on Tuesdays including 24th October (no session on 14th Nov, last session on 21st Nov). We will explore deep questions through reading, discussion, personal reflection and deep listening based on the Life Spirit book by Rev David Usher. For more information or to book your place, please contact Kate: revkatedean@gmail.com/ 07870 322 519 

Charity Concerts on 9th November and 7th December
In November and December, we as a Chapel community will host two concerts to support some very worthy causes. 

Tickets are now on sale for our November concert – buy them after a Sunday service from Shana Begum or Rev Kate Dean (no booking fee!) or buy online from Eventbrite: goo.gl/NMPDs8

‘Outsiders’ Concert: 9th November
 – a concert of words and music featuring professional musicians and guest speakers including Dame Janet Suzman, Alfie Nash and Shirley King. This concert will be co-hosted by the Mayor of Camden, Cllr Richard Cotton, whose chosen charity is C4WS. All proceeds will be divided between our musical instruments and C4WS which helps us to organise our Cold Weather Shelter for the homeless each winter. 

‘Advent’ Concert: 7th December – a concert with an Advent theme featuring three choirs! The Chapel Choir will be joined by a semi-professional ensemble and girls from the renowned Channing School Choir. We’ll raise funds for our refugee project, joining with ‘Churches Together in Hampstead’ to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, and the Chapel’s fine grand piano and organ.

Advanced booking recommended!
Booking information: You can buy tickets for the ‘Outsiders’ Concert after the morning service from Rev Kate Dean or Shana Begum. You can also book via Eventbrite goo.gl/NMPDs8
or by PayPal or bank transfer by contacting revkatedean@gmail.com
Tickets will also be available on the door – bring a friend!

Services Next SundaySunday 12th Nov at 10.55am
Remembrance Sunday with the Chapel’s Choir
A service of remembrance with music sung by our Chapel’s Choir in German and English. Themes of love and loss, departure and remembrance, endings and new beginnings are explored in the works of English and German composers. Note the earlier start time so that we can observe the 2 minute silence at 11am.

NEW!! ‘30 Minute Mindfulness’ on Sunday evenings at 6pm 
From 12th November, Rev Kate Dean will begin regular meditation sessions. Join us for the peaceful pause at the end of the weekend.

Sunday 12th Nov at 7pm
‘Exploring Prayer’ with Marta Pacini 

Why do we pray, if we do? Who or what are we praying to? In this contemplative service Marta Pacini of New-Unity congregation will lead us into an exploration of non-theistic prayer..