Before we get to July, a word from our minister, first published in our church magazine Oscailt in the July edition !!
June at St. Stephens Green
The month of June was an extraordinary month in the life of the Church. The celebrations to mark our 150th Anniversary on the Green began on the 9th June when for the first time ever the Service was broadcast live on national television and radio. The staff at Kairos Productions were professional, helpful and friendly they went that extra bit to give background information about the Church. On the day the congregation came up trumps to show the Community at its very best. The day was a great success; the Church looked wonderful, the hymns and music were great. So many people were nervous on my behalf that I felt fairly relaxed on the day!
On Sunday the 16th June the President of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches a.k.a. Bill, joined us in our celebrations. The church was packed, the singing was wonderful, the Church looked beautiful and there was a wonderful party atmosphere in the Damer Hall as we tucked into an amazing array of foods.
In the following week the profile of the Church was enhanced by an Article in the “Rite and Reason” column of the Irish Times. On foot of the article two radio stations contacted me for interviews about our Unitarian Faith. Then Josh featured in a piece on Morning Ireland about musical events in the Church.
Thank you and well done to everyone who worked to make the anniversary such a success.
Rev. Bridget Spain June 2013
Services in July 2013
Every Sunday @ 11am – Sunday Worship
July 7th Favourite Readings – Rev.Bridget Spain
July 14th Why Do We Gather – Rev.Bridget Spain
July 21st The Trinity Act – Ray Naughton
July 28th Preaching To Souls – Jennifer Flegg
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 July 2013
The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (3rd July in this case) in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.45pm.
This month’s choice is: Manon des Sources, the sequel to last month’s success, Jeanne de Florette. This film, while being a satisfying conclusion to the Jean de Florette story, stands on its own as having great charm and as a landmark in French film making.
Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg
The Walking Club have planned a decent sized walk up Djouce in the Wicklow Mountains on Saturday 13th July. Rendezvous plans have not been finalised yet but all are welcome to join them.
Summer City Walks
For the less energetic, our chairman Rory Delany will lead groups on two guided walks pointing out the history of the city we so often forget as we make our way through our day-to-day lives. The first walk is on Sunday 28th July at 12.30 (straight after church) with the intriquing theme “St. Stephen’s Green: 1863” tying in nicely with our recent anniversary. The second walk will be on Sunday 18th August. Both walks are free but donations will be gratefully taken for the Organ Restoration Fund.
The Book Club normally meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel but is taking July off to facilitate summer holidays. They will return in August.
Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg
Organ Fund News
It was the very greatest pleasure for the organist to stand up at the service on 30th June and announce that the congregation had reached the very important milestone of €125,000 – the halfway mark. It still leaves a sizable amount to raise but is a very exciting development all the same. There will be a number of entertaining fundraising opportunities for people to get involved in the Autumn including an opportunity to Sponsor A Pipe of the newly restored organ (more of that later). In the meantime, you can donate online (via Paypal from our webpage) or support by attending concerts and events in the church. See below for “Events in the Church”.
Congregation member Beverly Figgis runs Movement To Music sessions every Monday morning at 11am in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of our beautiful church building on St. Stephen’s Green. This last month was the centrepiece of our celebrations with two very busy services – our television broadcast and our anniversary service the following week. We were also delighted to get lots of media exposure around this time – interviews and articles by and featuring the minister and organist were featured on RTE (Service on Sunday featured the entire service on 9th June, and Josh was interviewed for Morning Ireland in a feature on churches accomodating concerts – this was broadcast 20th June), Radio Dublin (our minister was interviewed on the Breakfast Show on Tuesday 18th June) and the Irish Times (the Rite And Reason column was penned by our minister on Tuesday 18th June), some of which is still online from the various websites. After a busy June, things will be a bit quieter for the next few months but there will be another strand of events marking the anniversary in September and October. More details over the next few months.
There are a variety of new books for sale through the church.
Two congregations members have recently published books. Madeline Stringer’s first novel “Despite The Angels” is available to download to Kindle from www.amazon.com. It will be available in hard copy soon. Pauline McDermott’s book “Beynod Reason: Evolving Consciousness”, an exploration of how spirituality and science are coming together to form a new world, is available in both digital and hard copy from www.paulinemcdermott.com .
The church have also published a single volume of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005. This is available from the church directly for €15.
Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in July 2013
No food or drink available or allowed at any concerts in the church.
Wednesday 10th July
Tickets €6.50 from www.ticketmaster.ie
Saturday 13th July
Meltybrains? and 10 Days In Dublin present
My Friend Has A Meltybrain?
Tickets €11 from 10daysindublin.com
People are strange, Dublin based experimental band Meltybrains? are stranger. They invite you to embark on an audio-visual journey to the boundary of their imagination. Join them in the serene surroundings of the Unitarian Church, Stephens Green, as they attempt their most ambitious performance to date. Will it be spectacular or utterly disastrous? There is only one way to find out.
June-August 2013 – The Steeple Sessions !!!
The twice-weekly Traditional music programme is back for a third season this Summer. With a wide-ranging bill that includes concerts by the recently reformed Voice Squad, The Unwanted, Paddy Keenan 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. You may have heard the radio ads in the last few months – this year is going to be busy for the Steeple Sessions.
Tickets are €15. For many of the gigs, it is advisable to book ahead of time and advance booking is now open for all gigs on the Steeple Sessions website. 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 www.steeplesessions.com
The Steeple Sessions In July
Tuesday 2nd July – Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch
Thursday 4th July – James Kelly & John Blake
Tuesday 9th July – Triona Marshall and Alyth McCormack
Thursday 11th July – We Banjo 3
Tuesday 16th July – Paddy Keenan
Thursday 18th July – The Unwanted (Cathy Jordan, Seamie O’Dowd & Rick Epping)
Tuesday 23rd July – John & Tim Lyons, & Family
Thursday 25th July – Mick & Michelle Mulcahy
Tuesday 30th July – Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Thursday 1st August – The Voice Squad
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