On Sunday 8 May we will not have our usual 11am service because we are hosting a special service at 2pm for the whole Cotswold Group of Unitarians at which we will also be joined by our friends from Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cirencester, Malvern, Swindon and Stroud. We will also be delighted to be welcoming some visitors from Unitarian congregations in West Wales.
The service will be led by Rev Mark Hutchinson and by Rev Wyn Thomas and everyone is very welcome.
Although during the pandemic lockdowns we were not able to hold weekly in-person services at Oat Street Unitarian Chapel. Rev Mark developed a number on online weekly events on both Zoom and the Evesham Unitarian Facebook page to help members of our congregations to keep in touch with one another. These events are continuing even though we have reintroduced in person Sunday services every week at Oat Street. Everyone, whether a congregation member or not, is welcome to any of these, as always.
This news item is a summary of everything taking place and we will aim to keep it updated as circumstances change.
For Zoom events, please use this link with the meeting ID: 942 2364 8779 and the passcode: 3c9Pb1 . You can also take part by phone via +44 203 901 7895, entering meeting ID: 942 2364 8779 and passcode: 240050 when prompted.
For Facebook, visit our Facebook page at the relevant time and look for the Live event; or if you already follow or Like our page, we’ll be in Recent Live Videos under the Live option on your Facebook home page. You can also tweak your Facebook settings to be notified every time we go live. Once the event is over you’ll be able to watch a recording of it on our Videos page.
Thursdays 7pm Touching The Sprit (Zoom) – also on held on some Fridays at 5pm
Thursdays 9pm Facebook Live (Facebook)
Fridays 7pm Stillness at Seven (Zoom)
Saturdays 11am Heart and Soul (Zoom)
Sundays 7.30pm Heart and Soul (Zoom)
Heart and Soul is a contemplative spiritual gathering in which you can take time to reflect on life in the company of others. Each session follows a regular pattern, including readings and music from an eclectic range of sources, time for guided prayers of gratitude, compassion for others, self-reflection, and silent meditation
Touching The Spirit is made up of the following:
Listening : there are chosen words and phrases and we listen to others as they express how those words relate to or affect them today.
Readings : poetry , reflection or narrative the host reads to the spirit of the gathering.
Discussion : a short period reflecting our experience of the gathering and beyond.
Silent meditation : we finish together in silence.
The gathering will last about an hour and no longer than 75 minutes.
Stillness at Seven is fifteen minute period of shared stillness with periods to be in community gathered in prayer and reflection.
Many of our friends and supporters will be familiar with the “Mind Travels” partnership of our Minister Rev Mark Hutchinson and Dublin Unitarian Church music director Josh Johnston via the series of YouTube videos that they produce that combine Mark’s reflections and guided meditations with Josh’s improvised piano.
We’re delighted to announce that on Wednesday 30th March at 7.30pm Mind Travels will be appearing live for the very first time in the UK at the Methodist Church on Bridge Street in Evesham (note the change of venue from All Saints). The acoustics are excellent there, it’s a lovely peaceful place and we are sure that the setting will only further enhance the spiritual experiences that the videos offer. Admission is free, although we will be inviting donations in support of local mental health charities. See you there?
Here at Oat Street Chapel on 19th March we will be hosting the second of the spirituality evenings jointly hosted by our Minister Rev Mark Hutchinson and local spiritualist/psychic medium Minty May. It will run from 7.30-9pm and there is ample free parking in the public car park next door to us. The first one of these last year was very popular. These sessions combine Rev Mark’s everf popular “Touching the Spirit” content from our regular online events with guided silences and readings with Minty’s guidance and messages from loved ones. Tickets are £10 and can be booked via the Minty’s Tarot Readings Facebook page or via 07842 856552.
On Sunday 14th we welcome Rev Wyn Thomas to lead our annual Remembrance Day Service. Our tradition for these is for the service to start at 1050 instead of our usual 1100 so that everyone is in and seated and ready to observe the two minute silence at 1100. We’d love to see as many of you with us as possible for what will no doubt be a very moving and uplifting service.
At our in person Harvest Festival on Sunday 24 October, we will be collecting foodstuffs for our good friends at Caring Hands in the Vale. They tell us that they are in particular need of coffee, sugar and UHT milk so please do bring some of these along if you possibly can. Thank you!
Building upon the tremendous success of the Transformers Malvern children’s group, Transformers Evesham held the first of its monthly sessions for all children of school-age up to end of year 5 from 1045-1200 on Sunday 12 January at Oat Street Unitarian Chapel. The theme for the session was “Less Plastic Is Fantastic.”
The second session was on Sunday 9 February.
Rev Mark illustrates the aim of the group with the following story:
“One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth re plied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…” I
made a difference for that one.”
(Adapted from The Star Thrower, Loren Eiseley, 1969)
Transformers is about making a difference in a small, or big, way.
Searching for truth and meaning. Recognising the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Striving for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Accepting others and providing encouragement to spiritual growth.
Transforming the World
Working for peace. Caring for our world. Respecting the interdependent web of all existence.
Live folk returns to Oat Street on 18 April as we host the latest in the popular series of “Folk Treble” concerts to be held here. This time, the three acts appearing are our old friend Mike Weaver plus folk pop band Every Thread and folk/acoustic blues group Under The Wychwood. Doors open 7.30pm and the fun starts at eight. Tickets are £9 in advance or £10 on the door. We don’t have a bar but feel free to bring your own drinks. If our previous events in the series are anything to go by, a fine time is guaranteed for all!
Oat St Unitarian Chapel’s fortnightly “Oat Street Saturdays” sessions that launched in December are growing in popularity and everyone is very welcome to join in the events with us. The next ones are on 14 and 28 September 2019.
On each date our Minister Rev Mark Hutchinson will be at the chapel available for a chat from 1000-1130 and then from 1130-1230 he will lead the Meditation Group. This will feature a shared reading and a guided meditation before concluding with chants from various traditions.
No previous meditation or chanting is required and everyone is very welcome regardless of whether you are a Chapel regular or have never visited us before. See you there?