Happy New Year!
We drew 2015 to a close with a wonderful Carol Service. Over 50 people packed the Chapel to its rafters to join in celebrating Christmas. It was delightful to see so many people who have supported the Chapel over recent times. Stephen Crowther led a wonderful service which captured both the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of our lovely little community.
Here’s the news for 2016
Duncan Voice to begin ministerial training
Duncan Voice, who has been supporting the work of The Chapel for the past couple of years, has been accepted for full ministerial training. Duncan and his wife Dawn have been integral to the growth of The Chapel, leading meditation classes, our Community Café and taking services both here and at other chapels in the region. He has worked tirelessly on the committee, especially in organising the Worship Leader rota.
Duncan will begin his training in September and we wish him and Dawn well in this exciting new chapter of their lives. Congratulations Duncan- you can be rightly proud of your work with us and on your successful application for training.
Stuart hits the airwaves
Stuart recently sent his new CD off to BBC Radio Sussex in the hope that they might play a few songs. He has been invited into the Brighton Studio on January 24th for the ‘Sunday Breakfast’ show to talk about his music and about the work of The Chapel. He is scheduled to be on air between 8.00 and 9.00 am. Listen in if you get the opportunity.
Healing and Support Circle
2016 will see Marion and Sarah offering a Healing and Support Circle. This will run at 7pm on the fourth Thursday of each month commencing February 2016 and will last up to an hour. The aim is to offer healing through prayer and meditation to individuals (present or absent), for local and world-wide communities and to our planet. There will be a prayer board where requests for prayer and healing can be placed and will be read out during the session. There is no charge but a modest donation towards the Chapel upkeep is appreciated. Contact Marion France: firstname.lastname@example.org 07949 039367 Sara Nicholl: email@example.com 07522 895892
This new group will be coordinated by Chapel secretary, Stuart, on the first Thursday of each month, beginning in February with sessions starting at 8.00 pm and end between 9.00 and 9.30 pm.
The aims of the group are to: explore how progressive Christian thinking, values, living and practice might fully manifest themselves in our lives; to share in Christian- based contemplative and meditative practices, to support each other in regular reading, including but not exclusive to Biblical scripture and to share in discussion about the interpretation and implications of such reading; to explore some of the progressive academic approaches, historical and scientific discoveries, personal experiences and ideas that fall within the broad framework of the Christian tradition; to contemplate and enjoy how progressive Christian ideas are expressed through artistic expression and to provide a loving, respectful community that functions as part of the inclusive nature of The Chapel and which sits in line with the national Progressive Christianity Network of Britain remit.
That’s it for now other to report that we had a wonderful Folk Club last time around with Alex Bondonno and Trevor Clawson playing extended sets. Trevor has a new album out which is fabulous and which is available to download here. …
See you at The Chapel soon.