Weekly Notices 7 Jan 2018

Published 06/01/2018

This Sunday’s Services


Sunday 7th January at 11am

Twelfth Night Wisdom’ with Rev Kate Dean
Reflections on the wonder of the Wise visitors and their Zoroastrian origins. A time to close our Christmas celebrations and take down the festive decorations (after the service).

Sunday 7th January at 6pm
‘30 Minute Mindfulness’ on Sunday evenings          
These short meditations are aimed at those who want to deepen their meditation practice. 
Do join us for a peaceful pause at the end of the weekend. Open to all – people of all beliefs are welcome. 

Sunday 7th January at 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.

Happy New Year

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Chapel at Sunday services and other events 

This Sunday, 7th December – the Great Take Down!
Can you lend a hand after the service with clearing and packing away all the seasonal decorations?
The more the merrier, and many hands will make light work. Your help will be very welcome.


Remembering Charmian
Longterm members of the Chapel may remember Charmian Shenton (nee Lacey), who was active in our community in the 1980s, pictured here during that time. Charmian attended several Unitarian congregations including Hampstead, Portsmouth and Oxford. During her time at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, she was Chair of the Management Committee which oversaw many building improvements. As a professional architect she was an asset to the Committee!Charmian passed away on her birthday, New Year’s Eve, age 91. Relatives say it was an expected and peaceful departure. Among her last words were: “I have been very well taken care of here”. 

Funeral details: Thursday 11th January at 12.45: West Berkshire Crematorium (Bath Road, Thatcham, RG19 4LD), followed by refreshments at Rush Court near Wallingford (Shillingford Road, Shillingford Hill, OX10 8LL) If you wish to attend, please contact Rev Kate who can give you the family’s contact details.

Help Yourself Hospitality
This Sunday, we invite you to help yourself to tea and coffee after the service. If you can lend a hand by washing up your tea cups as well, we’d really appreciate it!

Bring your donations for the Food Bank in Chalk Farm
Rosslyn Hill Chapel continues to support a Food Bank in Chalk Farm. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far to our Chapel Food Bank. Please continue to help us to feed local people in crisis by bringing your contributions to Chapel next time you come. There is a table at the back of the Chapel (by the stewards’ table) where you can leave your donations.

Good Cause of the Month: Amnesty International
This month our collection plate will be divided between the Chapel and Amnesty International which supports prisoners of conscience throughout the world. Tea/Coffee money will also be donated to this good cause.

Amnesty Write for Rights 
On Sundays 14 and 21 January we will be organising a campaign to send messages of hope to prisoners of conscience from around the world. We will bring cards and case studies for you to choose. You can write a brief message of hope. It’s a very simple action that might really help someone in dark times.  Arranged by Leighton Cole and the Social Action Committee

Thank you to the winners of our Silent Auction who helped to raise over £300 for our Community Sponsorship project!
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.

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: 07870 322 519.

Community Sponsorship: Training on Saturday 20th January

Our Chapel is part of Churches Together which hopes to become Community Sponsor and is hoping to welcome a refugee family to Camden in the future. Hampstead Parish Church is also planning to sponsor a family. If you would like to help to welcome and support the  family, the Community Sponsorship organising group is holding a series of essential training sessions. We are looking for volunteers willing to give time and energy to befriend the families and to provide support as they settle in.

The first training session will be held on Saturday 20th January in the Gregory Room at Hampstead Parish Church, 10 – 1pm. If you’re interested, please do attend this important training. This will be an opportunity to meet the team, find out more and decide if you would like to be involved. If you would like to attend the training session or would like to be involved in supporting our family but aren’t available on 20th January please email: community.sponsor@hampsteadparishchurch.org.uk

Upcoming EventsWednesday at 5.45: Tai Chi in the Yang Style
7.30 – 9.30pm Choir rehearsal. Come and learn our songs for Christmas. For further details, please contact Beverley Davies: beverleydavies39@gmail.com

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 fascinating chapter ‘Living the Dying’ will take place on Monday 29th January at 7pm in the Chapel’s side aisle. If you would like to read the chapter before the meeting, please email Kate for a copy: revkatedean@gmail.com

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 see www.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

Sunday 14th January at 11am
Second Sunday Shakeup: ‘Release the Resolutions’ with Rev Kate Dean

Some of us make goals, intentions and resolutions at the beginning of the year. Are you the sort of person to revisit the same ones, break fresh ground or give up completely?


 Sunday 14th January at 6pm
‘30 Minute Mindfulness’ on Sunday evenings          
These short meditations are aimed at those who want to deepen their meditation practice. 
Do join us for a peaceful pause at the end of the weekend. Open to all – people of all beliefs are welcome. 

Sunday 14th January at 7pm
Labyrinth Walking Meditation 14th January 7 – 8.30pm
The Chapel floor will be filled with a replica of the Chartres Cathedral pattern. Our labyrinth walk will be a quiet time to consider our intentions for the new year with interfaith ministers Aleine Ridge and Richard Nickols.