April 2021 at the Dublin Unitarian Church
“But why should the daffodils and tulips
Get all the praise and blessings?
My rebirth goes unnoticed- I am worthy
Of smiles and dazzled cries of worship.”
― Lea Malot, Coffins & Rhinestones
Greetings from Dublin Unitarian Church.
As we approach Easter for the second time in the life of this pandemic, it is hard to think back a year and take in the fact that, a year on, despite a few months during the summer when we were allowed out, we are still being asked politely to stay at home to curb the spread of CoVid-19. Our latest advice is that restrictions regarding church services will be reviewed at the end of April so, again and for now, the restrictions are still in force and our Sunday and Wednesday services are still online. We encourage you to attend both – the Sunday service on our webcam and the Wednesday service via recordings on our Daily Reflections page on our website. After the Sunday service, many of our congregation meet on Zoom for Virtual Coffee, a fun opportunity to catch up with friends old and new. All are welcome.
Services for April 2021 // Sundays at 11am
4th April 2021 Easter Sunday
Rev. Bridget Spain ‘If There Was No Ressurection’
11th April 2021
Rev. Bridget Spain ‘Do We Need God ?’
18th April 2021
Keith Troughton “Scaffolding”
25th April 2021
Rev. Bridget Spain ‘A Religious Makeover’
It is not possible to take a collection at this time but many of the costs associated with running a church continue even when we can’t be in the building. If you would like to donate to the “online collection”, we are happy to accept via Paypal. This is not mandatory or even obligatory but all collection offerings are appreciated.
Thanks are due to Rev. Bridget Spain and Will O’Connell who led the services during March as well as the readers and musicians who contributed. All the services can be listened to in part or full via our Recordings page.
Our audio recordings are also available in the form of three podcasts that fall into different categories (Address, Children’s Story and Moments Of Reflection) from the Sunday service. They are now available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Podcast Republic and other podcast providers. Search for Dublin Unitarian Church – if you can’t find them on your preferred podcast platform, please let us know so that we can submit them there too.
Our daily reflections through the week continue – click on the link or follow them daily on our Facebook page. Included in these is a Wednesday meta-meditation led by Pamela McCarthy who is unable to lead the Wednesday lunchtime services in the church due to travel restrictions, as well as videos from MindTravels (see below) as they are released.
Our Book Club meets every month via Zoom (you can click on the link to attend). The meeting is at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month (28th April) and this month they are reading My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
Tony Brady maintains his Mindfulness Meditations group to Zoom and it meets weekly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm – the link is to the Zoom room but please note that it is a different link to the one used by the church.
The April edition of our monthly magazine Oscailt is now out and is posted on the church website (as well as via that link there).
You can watch videos of guided reflections created by MindTravels, a collaboration between our director of music, Josh Johnston and Rev. Mark Hutchinson (minister, Cotswold Ministry, England) on YouTube, their own Facebook page and as a bi-weekly Daily Reflection on our page. Check out the playlist so far here.
It has been nice to see the return of the sun and feel the warmth and brightness of the longer day in the last few weeks. As the pace of the vaccines increase, and the sun warms us all up, this undoubtedly hard time will get easier. In the meantime, stay calm and at home as much as humanly possible. Touch base with elderly and vulnerable friends and relatives and keep the faith – this too shall pass.
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Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West