From the Desk
Although I do not follow sport, I often hear this said. Weather stops play, and in cricket the term 15 not out. Though , I have given this some thought – how out are we, well we’re probably not, but the weather is, I would now usually like many be thinking about the first top – off the lawn, to start the cutting season. And then rain stops play, we all have these intentions, to do what we can when we can. And when we do it pays off in the end, when we hear how much an event raised, how many people came, enjoyed it and of course want to come back for what maybe in the future.
There is of course something that the rain does not stop play, or not out, and is the weather of the divine within us all, and there we of course have our personal struggles, for us all I hope we can turn to one another and say help, we as community within and out all have something to share. So it leaves me to say, Brother Sister let me serve you. These are the words of a hymn worth reflecting on, we are as not only Christ to one another but a uniting spirit among us all. And just maybe topping it off allows us to see what we need to do underneath.
Yours with warm wishes. Karl Stewart.
Peter Wildman, will be producing the next newsletter - a cut off date e-mail will follow in due course.
From your minister… Buttons!
Dear Friends -
“Be perfect therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5 v. 48 Before you start to get worried, no, I am not making even more demands on you!
But where do the buttons fit in?
In the novel: “Music and Silence” by Rose Tremain she tells the story of the King of Denmark, Christian IV. When he was a child, his father had drummed into him the importance of perfection – shoddiness in any form would not be tolerated.
could not be a great country if any
of the goods produced were in any way imperfect. Denmark
One day, the young Prince was given a large bag of buttons from a famous button maker. Christian loved these buttons, and played with them for hours.
However, he soon remembered his father's words about perfection, and to his dismay discovered that most of the buttons had flaws in them and being true to his father they were discarded and the button maker lost his business.
But the pleasure the young Prince had once received from the bag of buttons was now gone and he could not understand why.......
Yes, imperfections make life interesting, real, human and they call for compassion– but there is also this: in context of the Bible quote, the word “perfect” means full grown, adult, spiritually mature.. qualities which are surely worthwhile to work towards, and which will accept with understanding and love imperfections in ourselves and others.
Services at Frenchay in May
MAY 6th Lindy Latham – the Minister
MAY 13th Bernard Omar
MAY 20th Lindy Latham – the Minister
MAY 27th Karl Stewart
Services at UMB in May
MAY 6th Flowers - Susan (as in April newsletter)
Teas - Susan will do these
Music Marie Eastman
MAY 20th Flowers –Glen Williamson
Teas - Peter Wildman
Music. Bob Cook.
MAY 27th 'Bright Lights'. No need to include anything about flowers/teas for 'Bright Lights'.
Meditation at Frenchay
YES!! Am holding a Kundalini meditation on Thursday May 10 the from -9pm.At Frenchay Chapel,
This is half an hour of activity followed by a wonderful half hour of still ness. Hope you can come !
£5 for chapel window funds.
Hope this finds you well Andrea
Please Mr. Postman.....
….............. was the song we valiantly tried to sing at Bright Lights at our April meeting.
However we had more success writing meaningful messages, by hand to family and friends..
The inspiration for this activity came from Andrea and our guest visitor, Renee. We shared stories of the importance of those personal letters that pop through the door, that mean so much more than the text or E mail.
Thank you to Charlie for coming early and setting out tables – to Archie and Eric for their creative and youthful spirits – and to all of you who come to share and contribute.
We hope to see you and your friends on May 27th
PS. A member of a local Methodist church told me that they have a similar style group called “
” ! Messy Church
University of the Third Age [U3A]
It was a great pleasure to welcome a local group of U3A to Frenchay Chapel on April 24th.
In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, I gave a little background about the Unitarians. Many of our visitors came from other local churches so we were able to share much of what we have in common – we learnt from each other.
Thank you to those who came to contribute and make the all important coffee and tea! Lindy
Get Well Soon
Our best wishes and love go to Carla [Contractor] as she recovers from her recent operation. We look forward to seeing you with us again soon, Carla, after your convalescence.
Monday Group at
“Forgiveness and other acts of love.....”
At our first meeting twelve of us discussed the meaning of courage including looking at various life scenarios where important courageous choices would have to be made.
We welcomed folk from both our chapels, and friends from the local community. Please feel free to join us when you can on Mondays at UMB from . Please phone/ e mail me 1st just in case we are having a bank holiday/half term break. Our last meeting will be in early June.
Themes for our next three meetings are “Fidelity” [April 30th] , “Restraint” [May 7th], “Generosity” [May 14th]
Hope to see you there! Lindy
Frenchay Chapel News
Frenchay Chapel would like to announce shared lunches after the services on the first Sunday in the month in July, October, January and April. Look forward to seeing you there.
Frenchay Chapel A.G.M. after the service on Sunday 20th May.
News about Amy Hart
Dear Friends – I was deeply saddened to receive the news last week that Amy had died.
She had been coming to Unitarian Meeting in
Brunswick Square for nearly two years and
contributed much to the sense of welcome the congregation offered, with her
warm smile and generous open contribution to our services.
Recently Amy told me of her wish to become more involved with the life of our Meeting House. She had made friends with several of our members who I know will miss her honesty and affection.
She had a gentle and friendly manner which could belie the struggles she was so bravely facing in her life.
Our love and prayers are with her family and friends.
We will miss you Amy.
Rest in peace.
Frenchay Windows – What a Pane!
Ways of fundraising to pay for the restoration and replacement of the windows for the Frenchay Chapel was discussed at the meeting held on the 7th March last. Thirteen people attended and there was lively debate and many interesting ideas presented, the first of which was the Easter Egg Hunt and Table Top Sale organized by Charlotte Bryant. Thank you
Our appreciation and thanks go to Bill Vallis, Lindy’s son-in-law, for his invaluable help and professional advice with the Friends of Frenchay Chapel and Sponsor a Pane leaflet which is being finalized and will be distributed when printed.
The next Fundraising meeting has been organized for
Wednesday 16th May at in the Chapel
and if you are interested please come along and lend your support. Volunteers are always needed to help in practical ways to ensure the success of future planned events.
WE WANT YOUR IDEAS, TALENTS, SKILLS AND SUPPORT.
For more details please contact Pauline Furnivall, email firstname.lastname@example.org
at the GA Annual Meetings
at the GA Annual Meetings
My time at the General Assembly Annual Meetings was interesting and informative. There were lively debates on internal Unitarian denominational issues and wider social and moral issues.
Under the first of these, motions were carried: requesting the GA’s Executive Committee urgently to prioritise and formalise a policy which will enhance its communications to and from District associations and congregations; and asking the Constitutional Reform Group to prepare proposals to allow proxy voting at GA Annual Meetings.
Under the second heading, motions were carried: calling on the UK and Scottish Governments to ensure that legislation is passed so that both mixed sex and same sex couples have equal access to civil marriages, religious marriages and civil partnerships, without compelling any religious tradition that opposes same sex marriage to carry out religious marriage of a same sex couple; and calling out Unitarians to actively oppose the UK Government’s proposals for State snooping into all internet, e-mail, ‘phone and text usage and communication.
Speeches regarding a motion supporting assisted dying generally backed its tenor, but there was concern about some aspects of its wording. Following my proposal, there was majority support for the motion being referred back to its proposer - Fulwood Old Chapel,
to consult across the Unitarian movement, with a view to putting a revised motion
forward in 2013.
I was inspired by the lecture which opened the Annual Meetings given by Peter Owen-Jones. He called us to a creation-centred spirituality. Drawing on the observations of Prof. David Tacey in his book The Spiritual Revolution, he pointed to a new emerging spirituality where a sense of the sacred is informed through personal experience, there is a realisation that sacredness is not mediated through humanity alone but experienced in all sentient life, and spirituality is pluralistic and generous to all religious journeying. There are plenty of connections there with Unitarian thinking, which can give us encouragement as we seek to show those around us what our approach to spirituality has to offer.
UMB Delegate to the GA Annual Meetings
Building Report for UMB
1 The user handbook will be updated to include mobile phone numbers of 4 chapel members who can be alerted between and and at weekends should there be problems at the chapel. The handbook will be stored at the chapel.
2 Bristol City Council has acknowledged receipt of an application to re- arrange extractor fans in the ground floor WC's and the addition of terne coated stainless steel capping to the existing parapets.
3 Bristol City Council has informed the trustees that a lime tree in the cemetery has been felled due to the presence of Kretzschmaria, which causes root decay.
4 For problems and bookings at the chapel please contact Emily at The Ethical Property Company on 0117 916 6488.
Photos from Frenchay Chapel Quiz Night
The Quiz Night raised £100 for the Windows Appeal.
Frenchay Chapel Windows
Lindy, Diane, Marie and Pauline accepted an invitation to visit the workshops of Hawker Joinery the Bath Company who are responsible for repairing and making the replacement windows at the Frenchay Chapel.
Whilst we were in
a team from Hawker Joinery was in fact at Frenchay erecting the first of the front windows in the Chapel but we were given a guided tour of the workshops and introduced to the men responsible for ‘our’ windows. We were fascinated to learn about this long established family company and their commitment not only to providing bespoke work of the highest quality but being committed to the environment: the two replacement windows are actually manufactured in red grandis hardwood which comes from managed plantations in South America and is fully certified. We are fortunate that the windows will be replaced and repaired before they finally fall out and before the wedding season begins as no one wants to have scaffolding as the backdrop to their wedding photographs. A leaflet giving details of how YOU can help with fundraising will be available very soon – and watch this space for future events or email Pauline Furnivall email@example.com Bath
The Frenchay Chapel
CASH IN THE CHAPEL
A talk by
(The Wotton Auction Rooms)
Auctioneer and BBC TV Antique Roadshow presenter
will share his experiences as
an Auctioneer and Valuer
Bring an item to be valued (one maximum)
Tickets £6.00 each in advance
In aid of
The Frenchay Chapel Windows Appeal
Details and tickets contact: Fundraising Secretary,
Celebrate Father's Day
with a 40's style Vintage Tea
on Sunday 17th June from onwards.
Vintage china, bunting and nostalgia.
Liz Ferguson's cakes and scones
Big Band sound, Ginger Beer,
Billy Bunter eat your heart out!
In aid of
The Frenchay Chapel Windows Appeal
Details contact Liz Ferguson
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or for any other Frenchay Chapel fundraising events contact Fundraising Secretary Pauline Furnivall Email: email@example.com
Details and tickets contact: Fundraising Secretary,