Chorlton Unitarian Church Update, October 2020

Manchester will be placed into Tier 3 Covid restrictions on Friday 23rd October. The updated guidance for places of worship now explicitly states that mixing of households is not permitted,
“In areas subject to “COVID alert level – very high” restrictions, you must not mix outside of your household or support bubble indoors, including within a place of worship, or outdoors.
You must not meet with friends and family indoors in any setting, including a place of worship, unless they are part of your household or support bubble.”

Therefore, our committee have decided that, in order to provide a safe and sociable experience for everyone at our Sunday services, we will be returning to having our services on Zoom only and Sunday services will not take place in the church for the time being.

I appreciate that this will be disappointing news for those of you who have been enjoying attending Sunday services in the church building for the last month. I hope that the Tier 3 restrictions will not be in place for very long and we will be able to return to gathering in person safely soon. In the meantime I look forward to seeing you on Zoom.

With love and blessings
Laura
Lay Person in Charge

Sunday 11th October, 10.30 – 11:30 am: Sunday Gathering Anniversary Service (in church and on Zoom)

“The flame of truth is kindled, our chalice burning bright; amongst us moves the Spirit in whom we take delight.
We worship here in freedom with conscience unconstrained, a pilgrim people thankful for what great souls have gained.
The flame of love is kindled, we open wide our hearts, that it may burn within us, fuel us to do our parts.
Community needs building, a Commonwealth of Earth, we ask for strength to build it – a new world come to birth.”
Cliff Reed

Join us to celebrate the 129th anniversary of the founding of the Chorlton Unitarians community. Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome. Please email admin@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details or to book your place in church.

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Wednesday 7th October 7 – 8.15 pm Heart and Soul (Zoom only)

Heart and Soul is a contemplative spiritual gathering in which you can take time to reflect on life in the company of others. Each session follows a regular pattern, including readings and music, time for guided prayers of gratitude, compassion for others, self-reflection, and silent meditation. Led by Laura Dobson. This week’s theme is ‘Wild Things.’ All welcome. Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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Sunday 4 October, 10.30 – 11.30 am: On Houses (in church and on Zoom)

Written during lockdown, Tom Grimshaw’s theme arises from these words of Khalil Gibran, ‘You are not enclosed within your bodies, nor confined to houses or fields. That which is you dwells above the mountain and roves with the wind.’ Join us in the church or on Zoom to consider this.
All welcome. Please contact minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details or to book your place in church.

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