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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com), or speak to one of the Stewards who can introduce you to the minister or a member of the Membership Group.
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.