December 2019 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,
From heaven’s all-gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.”

from “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” by Edmund Sears

Sunday Services in December 2019

all services at 11am at Dublin Unitarian Church

December 1st – Is Reason Always Reasonable ? – Madeleine Stringer
December 8th – More For Everyone – Rev. Bridget Spain
December 15th – Service of Christmas Carols & Readings
December 22nd – Christmas Poem – Rory Delany
Wednesday December 25th – Christmas Day – Rev. Bridget Spain
December 29th – Service of Favourite Readings & Music

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Service of Reflection – facilitator Pam McCarthy

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page.

The church records its weekly Sunday services and has three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with three sections of the service (sermon, prayers and moments of reflection, and our children’s story) updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in December 2019

Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lantern Centre on Synge Street.  Rendezvous at 7pm for a 7.30 start    This Wednesday 4th December, they will watch Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949). Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian describes as, ‘The best film in the world. Quite apart from a cracking good story, there is the fascination of watching Alec Guinness play all eight of the remaining members of the Duke of Chalfont’s family, all of whom will have to be removed  allow Louis Mazzini to claim his rightful inheritance. A perfect choice for the Christmas holiday. Funny films are not always the best but this one presses all the buttons: the snobbery of the aristocrats; the violence of the suffragettes, and the pheasant-shooting Duke happily setting man-traps for poachers.  The film club is a great social opportunity to meet other members of the church as well as to watch great movies.  Admission is free but film club members like to leave a donation for the Lantern Centre.

The church Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the vestry of the church at 7pm. This month they will take a Christmas break – they will return in January.  If you’re interested, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required who co-ordinates the group and can advise on matters pertaining to it.

On the third Tuesday of each month, Tony Brady leads a Mindfulness Meditation in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street. This month, on 17th December, the theme is “What’s Another Year ?” – a end of year invitation to let go of the past and prepare to “begin again”.  Admission is free but they like to leave a donation (suggested at €5) for the centre. Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to come so they have an idea about the numbers expected.

Our Walking Club like to go walking on a regular basis – usually about once a month.  Currently there is no plan afoot but this can change at the speed of e-mail.  Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for further info or to receive regular info from the walking club.

Theatre Club members like to meet up occasionally to attend the theatre  (or, sometimes, the cinema for variety) in a social setting and sometimes meet for dinner before or drinks after.  The group has evolved into a WhatsApp group that sometimes make plans at very short notice with people opting in and out on a event-by-event basis.  If you’d like to know of future plans send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required with your mobile number and he can put you in the group.


Whether it be heating, stonework, windows or the grand restoration project of the pipe organ, old churches never stop needing funds to continue their maintenance and renewal.  You can see the beautiful results of the recent restoration work of the Hutton Window on our Facebook page.  There is more work to be done to bring new light through our old but historic windows.  You can contribute to the ongoing restoration work by donating via Paypal or by buying church publications and greeting cards at church or online. See the Restoration page on the website for more details.


The church has published a variety of books and other products.  Our most recent publication is a first collection of sermons and essays by our current minister Rev. Bridget Spain.

The new book, as well as other books of sermons and childrens stories and greetings cards published by the church are available from the website and we take payment through Paypal.

Events in the church – December 2019

Friday 6th December
Homebeat presents
David Kitt & friends
Tickets €19.88 – 24.71 from

Homebeat are delighted to present a truly intimate evening of music from one of Ireland’s most diverse and celebrated talents David Kitt, with very special support on the night from rising voice Aoife Nessa Frances. David needs absolutely no introduction. From the textured simplicity of ‘The Big Romance’ through his work as New Jackson and into 2018’s record ‘Yous’ he continues to weave a constant path through the fabric of the Irish music scene. He is joined here by frequent collaborator Margie Jean Lewis – it promises to be a very special occasion. This will be his last live performance on these shores for some time.

Sunday 15th December
La La Choir
Sam Kavanagh (facilitator)
3pm (note time)
Ticket info to be announced.

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st December
Jack L – Songs For The Winter Solstice
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €32 + booking fee from

Now an annual tradition, Dublin singer and musician returns to sing in the festive season with an evening of holiday and seasonal favourites.

Saturday 28th December
Sean Being & Henry Earnest
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €10.85 from

Sean Being and Ernest are musicians/producers from Dublin, currently based in Lisbon. They are coming together on the 28th of December to frame their music in a different context, using the unique atmosphere of the Dublin Unitarian Church. The show will serve as an exhibition of unheard work, while also incorporating material released on Dublin imprints wherethetimegoes and Soft Boy Records, respectively.

Friday 10th January 2019
Meath County Council & AOB Arts Management present
“In The Middle Of”
A music, theatre and literary evening inspired by the writing of Mary Lavin
Doors 8pm
Ticket information to be announced

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Best wishes,

Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2

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