January 2013

A very Happy New Year from the Minister Rev. Bridget Spain, the ministry team and the managing committee of the Dublin Unitarian Church. It’s been a very busy couple of months for the church culminating in a hectic December with weddings, carol services and concerts sitting side by side in the church diary right up to New Years Eve. January will be noticably quieter but we are looking forward to a busy Spring season.

There were two highlights of December for us. Firstly, our Annual Carol Service on the 16th December also marked the launch of our wheelchair lift allowing full wheelchair and disabled access to our church and the Damer Hall. This has been a long time in coming but we’re delighted that this is now fully functional. Then, on Christmas Day, our organist Josh Johnston announced that we had reached another landmark point – €100,000 – in our next restoration, the Organ Restoration Fund. It would now appear that the church will sign the contract for this job in the next few months allowing for work to begin Summer 2014. More information as it becomes available. Many thanks to all who have supported us in this appeal this far.

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of our Church Building here in St. Stephen’s Green. There are going to be lots of events over the year and at the time of the actual anniversary – June 2013. More details through the year.

Services in January 2013

Every Sunday @ 11am – Sunday Worship

6th January Begin Anew – Rev. Bridget Spain
13th January Manifest Your Vision – Mary O’Brien
20th January Pray For Us – Jennifer Flegg
27th January Imbolc – Rev. Bridget Spain

Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Meditation Service – facilitator Pam McCarthy

All welcome.

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 January 2013

Film Club

The Film Club normally meets on the first Wednesday of each month but this month it will meet on Wednesday 9th January in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.30pm.

This month, they will watch Lemon Tree (2008) – for more info, look at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172963/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3

Book Club

The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (30th January in this case) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.30pm.

This month they are reading The Crocodile at the Door by Selina Guinness.

Gentle Dance Class

Beverley Figgis takes a weekly session of “Gentle Movement To Music” every Monday at 11.15am in the Lantern Centre, Synge Street, All welcome.

Organ Fund News

As was mentioned above, we have now reached the grand milestone of €100,000 – this has excited all concerned and we look forward to signing the contract for the work to commence in the middle of next year. In the meantime, there will be a considerable amount more fundraising to do but it’s great to take comfort in seeing how far we’ve come. Thanks to all who have helped. If you, or friends of yours, would like to donate, you can do so online using Paypal from our webpage – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org

Events in January 2013

After an extremely busy December, there are no events on in the church in January but we are looking forward to a busy Spring season from mid-February. Check our website – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/events for the most up-to-date information available.

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 www.facebook.com/dublinunitarian and Twitter @dublinunitarian – 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 .

Best wishes,

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

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