Services in April 2013
Every Sunday @ 11am – Sunday Worship
7th April Adam And Eve – Rev. Bridget Spain
14th April Believing Is Seeing – Pauline McDermott
21st April Democracy Matters – Rev. Bridget Spain (followed by Church AGM)
28th April Are Things Getting Better ? – David Heap
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Meditation Service – facilitator Pam McCarthy
Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/recordings . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.
Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in April 2013
The Film Club normally meets on the first Wednesday of each month (Wednesday 3rd April in this case) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm.
This month, they will watch the 1940s classic: The Grapes of Wrath. “A potent drama that is as socially important today as when it was made, The Grapes of Wrath is affecting, moving, and deservedly considered an American classic.” If you haven’t seen it, you should, if you have, you will be greatly rewarded by seeing it again. Further info on the film at www.imdb.com
Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (24th April in this case) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.
This month they are reading Strumpet City by James Plunkett. .
Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg
The walking club are planning to convene on Sunday 14th April for a walk along Dollymount Strand and its environs. Meeting after coffee at church or at Dollymount Causeway at 2pm.
They’re also in the process of planning an overnight walking / cycling trip to Newport in Mayo from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April. Ray Naughton is co-ordinating the booking plans and Joseph McDermott will lead the group once there.
Organ Fund News
The contract for the Organ Restoration Project was signed at the Sunday service on March 10th 2013 just days after the Organ Fund’s second birthday. This means that work will commence in April 2013 and continue at a steady pace. The restoration will be completed in Autumn 2015. The fund is currently at €111,000 – the finishing line of €250,000 still feels like it’s over the horizon but we’re getting there. You can donate in church or online from our webpage, but you can also help in other ways too. Word-of-mouth, ideas for fundraising events or attending concerts in the church all help the fund directly. Many thanks to all who have helped support the project in whatever way over the last two years.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of our beautiful church building on St. Stephen’s Green. A subcommitee are in the process of preparing a programme of special events over the Summer. Central to this will be our Anniversary Service on the 16th June 2013 at 11am. We also look forward to opening once again on Culture Night. Further details on these and other events will be announced over the next few months.
Events in April 2013
Saturday April 13th
Near FM presents Traditional Music from across the European Union
The Harz Mountain Yodelers (Germany),
Oltan Szabó & Katalin Juhász (Hungary) &
Perfect Friction (Ireland).
Admission: Free, donations accepted
nearfm.ie/livetrad/ for details of the artists performing
Sunday April 14th
Tickets €16.50 from www.tickets.ie
Rachel Zeffira (Cats Eyes) releases her debut solo album ‘The Deserters” on 10th December via her and Faris Badwan’s record label RAF Records.
‘Spectral, rhapsodic pop’ – 4/5 – Mojo
‘Zeffira has the virtuosity of a classical musician and the creative liberation of a pop star’– 4/5 – The Times
‘Her first solo effort sparkles with understated beauty’ – 4/5 – The Fly
‘Rachel Zeffira genuinely doesn’t sound like anything else out there’ – Stool Pigeon
’Bewitching’ – NME
Search for Rachel Zeffira on Facebook
Tuesday 16th April
Aiken Promotions & Gilded ALM present
Tickets €23 from www.tickets.ie
Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly has recorded nineteen studio albums as well as several film soundtracks (Lantana and the Cannes 2006 highlight, Jindabyne) and two live albums, in an influential career spanning more than thirty years. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997.
Paul Kelly’s most recent album is Spring And Fall is released in Ireland on 12th April.
Saturday & Sunday 4th & 5th May 2013
Camden Crawl – featured venue.
This is a music festival taking place in Dublin during the Bank Holiday Weekend. We are not entirely sure yet which acts are playing at the church but there will be music here both evenings – www.camdencrawldublin.com for more information.
June-August 2013 – The Steeple Sessions
The twice-weekly Traditional music programme is back for a third season this Summer. With a wide-ranging billing that includes concerts by the recently reformed Voice Squad, Martin Hayes, The Unwanted, Paddy Keenan, Moya Brennan, Lumiere and the return of Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (not so well known in the mainstream but a very popular concert from the 2011 season), the concerts run every Tuesday and Thursday from June 11th through to August 22nd.
Tickets are €15. For many of the gigs, it is advisable to book ahead of time. For the full listing, booking details and further info on the concerts, as well as various extra events and workshops newly planned for this year’s run, check out the Steeple Sessions website – www.steeplesessions.com
The church is currently fundraising to spend €250,000 to restore its beautiful J.W. Walker Pipe Organ (1910) at the back of the church. On 25th December 2012, our organist Josh Johnston toasted Christmas by announcing that the appeal had reached the milestone of €100,000 – we’re well on the way but there’s plenty more to do yet. If you want to help support the project, you can by attending events at the church, buying the various books the church has published or by donating in the church or via Paypal (all credit cards accepted) through our website. If you’re interested in learning more, you should go to our Restoration page.
Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it. Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at www.dublinunitarianchurch.org .
Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West