Sunday 26 May, 10.30 – 11.30 am: What the Dickens?

Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved writers in the English speaking world. His Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol, are all perennial favourites. Born an Anglican, he always had a deep sympathy for the poor and down-trodden, and favoured a simple “social” gospel of helping those less fortunate than himself. Theological controversy and Evangelicalism did not interest him, and he became involved in the Unitarian movement, often attending chapels and churches both here and in the USA, and meeting such well-known figures as William Ellery Channing and Ralph Waldo Emerson. He displayed a keen understanding of human psychology, and “A Christmas Carol”, ostensibly a story of a selfish man who converts to true religious feeling – a popular theme at the time – can also be read as a struggle within Scrooge’s own mind, where his higher self prompts him to change his ways.

Led by Mike Rutter. All welcome.

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Sunday 12 May, 10.30 – 11.30 am: the silence and the storm

A simple question to torment you in the early hours – who has sent the wind?

We will be exploring the theme of the silence and the storm in a service led by Tom Grimshaw.

Another question is voiced in this short prayer – who could do better than to be a singer on the high wind swept hills of life, bringing songs to the soul, songs full of loveliness and hope for all people?

All welcome.

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Tuesday 7 May, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: Singing meditation

Join us for an uplifting evening of simple song chants from a variety of world traditions interspersed with periods of meditative silence. No experience of singing or meditation required. The acoustics in the space are simply wonderful. All welcome to join in or just to listen and soak up the relaxing atmosphere. Please feel free to bring simple song chants to share with the group. All welcome.

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Sunday 5 May, 10:30 – 11:30 am: Knowing our Place

“Knowing our place” was the title of the anniversary service sermon at the annual meetings of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, which took place just before Easter. In the sermon Rev. Maria Curtis shared the work of Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone in their book, Active Hope - three stories of our time are “Business as usual”, “the Great Unravelling” and “the Great Turning”. Which story do we want to put our energy behind?

Join us as Laura Dobson shares highlights of the worship and reflections on the gathering. All welcome.

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Tuesday 30 April, 7.30 – 9 pm: Earth Spirit Circle – Beltane

PLEASE NOTE THIS GATHERING IS NOT AT THE CHURCH! WE WILL MEET OUTSIDE THE CAFE IN LONGFORD PARK – PLEASE BRING SOMETHING TO SIT ON AND WATERPROOFS JUST IN CASE! (If it is pouring down with rain we will retreat to the church for shelter)

Join our informal gathering to celebrate Beltane, the Celtic fire festival of fertility. We will connect with the energies of the season, love and creativity, and celebrate with poetry, music, meditation, circle dancing and more. Please feel free to bring poems, songs, etc. to share with the group. After the circle celebration we will share food. Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.

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Tuesday 23 April, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: Taize chanting

A candle-lit gathering of songs, silence, prayer and readings, featuring beautiful chants inspired by the mystical contemplative tradition.
No previous singing experience required. The acoustics in the space are simply wonderful. All welcome to join in or just to listen and soak up the relaxing atmosphere.
Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.

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