Sunday 20 September, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Harvest Festival (in church and on Zoom)

“In this sanctuary we harvest bushels of strength for one another,
and offer our crop with the hands of compassion and generosity.
May we be grateful for the ways we nourish and uplift each other,
For it is the sharing of this hallowed time together that sustains us.”
Katie Gelfand

Join us for our harvest festival service, led by Laura Dobson. Donations to Care UK Refugee Aid Chorlton welcome.

All welcome. Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details or to book your place in church.

Refugee Aid poster

Saturday 19 September, 7 – 8 pm: Earth Spirit Circle – Autumn Equinox (online via Zoom)

You are cordially invited to join the Unitarian Earth Spirit Network on Zoom to celebrate the Autumn Equinox – threshold of the dark half of the year – a time when we pause to reflect on the year’s harvest, finding balance in our lives, and preparing for the rest and renewal of winter. We will celebrate with words, music, meditation, and discussion on the theme of rest and renewal. Our hour together will end with a “just a minute” Eisteddfod – when you are invited to share, in one minute, if you wish, anything that has inspired you on the themes of the autumn equinox – a poem, a song, a creative art project, a recipe, a memory, etc. – the choice is yours. All welcome. Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

autumn equinox

Thursday 17 September, 7 – 8 pm: Meditation with Hildegard

A celebration of the medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen, who died on this day in 1179. Join us to listen to some of the beautiful music she composed, hear the English translation of her wise words and enjoy plenty of meditative silence. Come and be bathed in beauty. Led by Laura Dobson.
All welcome. Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

17-St. Hildegard of Bingen

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).

time-of-tranquility