Chorlton Unitarian Church Update, September 2020

I am pleased to say that our committee has agreed to reopen our building in September. We have completed our COVID-19 Risk Assessment and implemented all the measures identified so that we are able to begin welcoming user groups back into our building.

The latest government regulations do not allow us to sing, socialise, or serve refreshments in the church building. Face coverings are now mandatory in places of worship, except for those with medical exemption. Social distancing must be observed at all times. I am mindful that these restrictions will make any gatherings for worship and meditation very different to what we are used to. During September we will begin to try out some small congregational gatherings in the church building. Our current capacity with 2m social distancing is 14 people. In order to include as many people as possible, we will continue to make our in-person gatherings accessible online on Zoom as well.

With love and blessings

Laura Dobson, Lay Person in Charge

Sunday 13 September, 10.30 – 11.30 am: To Quiet My Restless Heart (in church and online via Zoom)

‘Just because we do nothing does not mean that nothing is being done.’ Reinhold Niebuhr

Tom Grimshaw leads us in finding moments of tranquility amidst the clutter and clamour of our everyday lives. Try turning up to do nothing and perhaps you will find yourself feeling calmer and more refreshed.

All welcome. Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details or to book your place at church (14 spaces available).

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Tuesday 1 September, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: Sufi Poetry Meditation (online via Zoom)

Sufism is the mystical path of Islam. We will be meditating on some of the poetry of Jahan Khatun, a fourteenth century Persian princess. We will hear some Sufi songs and practice some simple Sufi meditations – a breathing meditation on the elements and a meditation on the heart centre.
No previous meditation experience required. Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.
Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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Sunday 30 August, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Wholly Holy (online via Zoom)

“I find I am constantly being encouraged to pluck out some one aspect of myself and present this as the meaningful whole, eclipsing or denying the other parts of self.”
Audre Lorde

In honour of Manchester Pride Weekend, join us as Laura Dobson leads our reflections on embracing the whole self. All welcome.
Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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Tuesday 18 August, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: Self-blessing meditation (online via Zoom)

We must learn to bless ourselves before we can bless others. This gentle meditation will help us bless ourselves, through the yoga techniques of mantra (sacred chant), mudra (hand postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises).

No previous meditation experience required. Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.

Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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Sunday 16 August, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Look for the helpers

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” Fred Rogers

In honour of World Humanitarian Day, join us for a service celebrating helpers. Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome. Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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