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Our annual “Asparagus Lunch,” Wednesday 9 May

Every year, Oat Street Unitarian Chapel hosts an “Asparagus Lunch” on behalf of “The Ministers’ Meeting” which is funded by the Midland Unitarian Association and meets four times a year, allowing all ministers from the Midlands district to get together, share experiences and support one anther.    Those attending  will have a service at noon led by retired Unitarian Minister Rev Dr Peter Godfrey from our Cirencester congregation, followed by the all-important lunch!

The Asparagus Lunch has a long, long history, and was originally something a lot more covert!    As this article by Maureen Butler explains, it started life over 200 years ago as a smokescreen for an illegal meeting by dissenting ministers back when non-conformists such as the Unitarians were a lot less free to practise than they are today…

1834 Service on Spring reborn at Oat Street Chapel, 15 April

For our 11am service on Sunday 15 April Evesham Unitarians will be travelling back in time as Lesley Harris presents a slightly abridged version of a service originally given at Evesham on 18 May 1834 by our then minister Rev Timothy Davis.   We think it’s stood the test of time very well!   All are, as ever, very welcome to join us.

 

Service led by Steve Day from the UK Baha’i community, 31 December 2017

Continuing Oat Street Unitarian Chapel’s long Interfaith tradition, we are delighted that our 11am New Year’s Eve service will be led by Steve Day from the UK Baha’i community and will contain elements from both Baha’i and Unitarian traditions.

There have been close links between the Baha’is and Unitarians over many years dating back to when Abdul-Baha, son of the founder of the Baha’i faith, visited many Unitarian churches during his visits to Europe and North America between 1911 and 1913.   The Baha’i principles centred on  the unity and fellowship of humanity and the world’s great religions are also familiar to all Unitarians.

Everyone is very welcome to join us for what is sure to be a fascinating and rewarding service, even if you have never visited Oat Street before.  There will be refreshments after the service.

Christmas Charity Concert with Musyck Anon, Fri 15th December

Everyone is very welcome to what is an annual very popular institution at Oat Street Chapel – our Christmas charity concert courtesy of our friends at the Musyck Anon a capella traditional music group from the Vale.    It’s taking place at 7.30pm on Friday 15th December and entry is free, with a retiring collection in aid of the Caring Hands In the Vale group who do such a sterling job providing food parcels, bedding, clothing and other services to the most vulnerable members of our community.    And there will be complimentary mince pies along with the gorgeous music – what more could one wish for an a Friday evening?   See you there….

 

“Faith and well-being” interfaith seminar, 13 November

Faith and well-being; an interfaith seminar
When:
Monday, 13th November 2017
Where: Holland House Retreat Centre, Main Street,
Cropthorne, Worcestershire WR10 3NB
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Trustees of Worcester Interfaith Forum and Holland House Retreat Centre invite you to a Worcestershire Inter-Faith special event on the subject of Faith and Well-Being.

In the morning, representatives of many faith traditions will share their respective Faith’s teachings on issues of Well Being including physical and mental health. Then, there will be afacilitated discussion that will seek to identify common ground and areas of divergence. In the afternoon a number of keynote speakers will lead focused sessions. This is a ‘free to attend’ event with a suggested voluntary donation of £10 towards the cost of the refreshments that will be provided on the day. This will include a delicious vegan buffet lunch, specially prepared by the Holland House kitchen so as to satisfy everyone’s dietary and religious requirements.

Please email Sara Mawer on co-ordinator@hollandhouse.org if you would like to attend.

Remembrance Sunday at Oat Street – earlier service time on 12 November

As usual, our 12 November Remembrance Sunday service here at Evesham will start at the earlier time of 10.50 am.  This is to allow a space for the two minutes’ silence at 11am.  Please therefore be sure to get to chapel early for what is always one of our most special services, being led this year for the first time by Lesley Harris.

Penny Quest will be leading Cheltenham’s  Remembrance service at the same time, and Alison Thursfield will lead a service at Gloucester at 3pm.

Everyone is very welcome to any of these, whether you are an old friend of one of our chapels or a first time visitor.

More details of forthcoming events across the Cotswold Group are available on our Calendar page here. 

Unitarian history talk in Malvern, Thursday 2 November

Kath Forder will be giving a talk on “Heretical histories; a brief look at heresy in the development of the Unitarian movement” at Progressive Christianity Network Malvern‘s “talk and discussion” evening on Thursday 2nd November.  It will take place from 7.30pm to 9pm at Holly Mount  United Reform Church, Great Malvern and admission is free although there is a suggested donation of £2 to include refreshments.  Everyone is very welcome to what is bound to be a very interesting evening!

Our Chapel open for Heritage Open Days Weekend, 9-10 September

As usual, Oat Street Unitarian Chapel, along with many other places in Evesham,  will be open to all this year on Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September  as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days scheme.  Everyone is very welcome to come and visit our 18th Century Grade II* listed chapel as well as our beautiful peaceful burial ground/garden and our Gatehouse with its “hidden” Victorian scullery.

We will be open from 10am – 4.30pm  on Saturday and from noon until 4.30pm on Sunday after our usual 11am Sunday service, which you would also be very welcome to attend.   Refreshments will be available.   See you there!

 

Rev Spurr, Vicar of Evesham, to lead service at Oat Street on 16 July

On Sunday 16 July we are delighted to be welcoming Rev Andrew Spurr, Vicar of Evesham, to lead our 11am service here at Oat Street Unitarian Chapel.   As far as we can recall, this is the first time a Vicar of Evesham has led a service here in our chapel’s very long history.   We  hope that as many of the chapel’s members and friends as possible will be able to join us for this special occasion.