Weekly Notices 7 Feb 2016

Published 05/02/2016

Guest Preacher Martin Whitell – ‘Not laws but love’

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.


Flowers – ‘The flowers this week are sponsored by the family of Graham Williams, in loving memory.’


Please note! our Sunday collection basket will be divided with

the ‘Send a Child to Hucklow’ Fund




NOTICES & Dates for your Diaries

Message from the Management Board

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!”


Annual General Meeting will be held on

Sunday 28th February 2016 (after the morning service) – Make a note in your diary now!

There will be light refreshments – tea/coffee and sandwiches  – provided in the Chapel between the end of Sunday service and the beginning of the AGM. Childcare will be available

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.

General Assembly Annual Meetings – grant for under 40s.
Our national organisation, the General Assembly, meets once a year for Unitarians to reconnect with each other and make decisions about the Unitarian movement. Anyone aged 39 or under and who is not a delegate for their congregation can attend General Assembly for just one-fifth of the standard fee.  That’s only £78 if you register by 11th February. 
You can book online via the GA website: www.unitarian.org.uk .

The Annual Meetings run from Wed 30 March (pm) to Sat 2 April (lunchtime) at the Birmingham 4* Hilton Hotel next to the NEC. Nearest station: NEC

Make a Difference: Volunteer with Simple Gifts

 Simple Gifts is the largest Unitarian social action project in the London area and works in one of the most deprived boroughs in the city. From its small beginnings four years ago, it has rekindled the aspirations of the original Mansford Street Unitarian church to help the local community. You can read more about the Simple Gifts story here: www.simplegiftsucsa.org.uk

We need your help – if you have a little time to spare during the week, we would love you to join us at one of our community programmes. There are many different ways to help from helping people with their English, playing with local children to preparing a community lunch or assisting with sewing classes.

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Manager, Kate: volunteer@simplegiftsucsa.org.uk

Services Next Sunday

Sunday 14th February  (11.00am)

Guest Preacher Stephen Crowther –  ‘Taste and See ‘

Bread – the making of it, the physical and spiritual significance of it, and the hunger we may have for it.

Sunday 14th February  (7.00pm) – 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 Ingird Tavkar