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LET US DO OUR BEST FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
At Brook Street Chapel we are focusing on our environment and how we can improve it.  One approach we are following is to give a ‘pledge’ form to our congregation (you can download it here) for people to fill in and return to Minister Jean and we will see what we can each do to care for our planet.

Hall Bookings 

The user of our hall has grown significantly in popularity and it is now almost fully booked by a number of regular users.  These include:

Pilates  (www.pilatescheshire.guru)
Photographic Society (www.knutsfordps.org.uk)
Actor Tribe (www.actortribe.co.uk)
Gaskell Society (www.gaskellsociety.co.uk)
Rock Choir (www.rockchoir.com)

Our most recent regular booking is for pilates classes.  Please look at the programme of classes in the hall—you might find that one of the varied classes is ideal for you.
 
These bookings provide an excellent income that helps with the running costs of the Chapel.  They also  help to make more people aware of our wonderful buildings and hopefully some might be intrigued enough by Unitarianism to come along to a service or two.

Forthcoming Services and Events

Sunday 2 September
Rev Jean Bradley, Family Service

Sunday 9 September
Rev Alex Bradley

Sunday 16 September
Rev Alex Bradley

Sunday 23 September
Rev Alex Bradley, Gaskell Service

Sunday 30 September
Rev David Westhead


Sunday 7 October
Rev Jean Bradley, Family Service and Harvest

Sunday 14 October
Rev Jean Bradley

Sunday 21 October
Rev Alex Bradley

Sunday 28 October
Rev David Westhead


Events

Friday, 14 September,  Mindfullness
A taster session, 7pm. All proceeds donated to Sepsis, this year's Women's League charity.

Saturday, 22 September,  Animal Blessing Service, 2pm

Thursday - Sunday, September 13-16,  Heritage Open Days

Tuesday, 25 September,  Macmillan Coffee Morning, 10am


Every Thursday - Be Steady Be Safe
A FREE exercise class at WInstanley House, Northwich Road
10.30-11.30am.

A word from Minister Jean

Dear Members and Friends,
 
I think most of you know by now that I am to retire at the end of March. Although I feel that it is time to step down, I am also very sad to see my very happy ministry come to a close. But hopefully I will be able to conduct worship services for some little time to come and still take an active part in Chapel life.
 
Being part of this congregation has been a joy to me and this letter  allows me the opportunity to give thanks for all I have received during my time  as your minister.
 
Thank you for the wonderful friendships that I have made in the congregation, in particular, thank you for all the support that I received during the difficult months up to my mother's death last year, words simply are not enough to express my appreciation. All I can say is thank you.
 
Thank you too, for all the laughter we have shared during so many interesting times together. Times when we have been fund raising, or times when we have been hosting visitors or  when we were just getting on with mundane tasks around the chapel. There has always been a joyful and positive energy in everything we have done.
 
Thank you for inviting me into the  Chapel's social life. There have been lovely times in large or small groups organised or impromptu.  I believe that we all care  and only want the best for each other, and I am proud to have been the Minister of a chapel with that kind of loving ethos.

And speaking officially as a Minister, I have been so fortunate to have worked with such a wonderful committee. It has been a joy to attend the meetings, (many Ministers and lay people can never claim to enjoy committee meetings!, ) our committee is guided by a calm and yet firm hand and the group is made up of sincere, committed  and modest people who work solely for the benefit of the chapel and its members.
 
I am truly blessed to have been part of such a wonderful Chapel, thank you for your support, for your love and for your faith. And may God be with you now and ever more. 
 
Love Minister Jean
 

Poetry Group 
First Friday in the month
Share your favourite poems with others, 10.30a.m. - 12noon
 
Mindfullness
Second and Third Friday in the month, 10.30am – 11.30am
See the short description below about ‘Mindfulness’
 
Discussion Group
Fourth Friday in the month, 10.30am – 12 noon
Join us for a good debate on topical issues, between 10.30 am and 12 noon.  If you have a particular ‘bug bear’ let the Minister know and perhaps that can be the topic of the day. These sessions are open to anyone whether they are attend the Chapel or not.  Please tell your friends and get them to tell their friends so that as many people as possible start to come along. (Rev Jean does not hold any sessions on the 5th Friday of any month.)

Chapel Diary

Services
Every Sunday at 11.00am
Enjoy Tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat after Sunday Service. The chapel is known for its friendly atmosphere and so you will always receive a warm welcome, friendship and support.

A sermon sample from the Minister Rev Jean Bradley
As a society, we don’t like to wait. Technology has ensured that we don’t have to delay any pleasures or activities. We don’t wait for the seasons anymore, if we want strawberries in December we can have them, if we want a particular flower for a flower arrangement, we can import it in even if it is the wrong climate for this country.

We do still have to wait for birth, yet we can plan the date and time when it is most appropriate and if a woman wants a child when she is past child bearing age, that is also possible.

Society offers instant products and in consequence will also tend to think that everything can have a quick fix solution. I believe that this quick fix attitude is very harmful for my own life experiences have taught me that things that happen quickly don’t often last. For we have to adjust and adapt to change even if it is what you want. And I think faith is like that too, we cannot have a quick fix faith.

If we have a religion that tells us everything will be alright as long as we join, that is a false faith, for none of us can say what will come into our lives. We all have to face misfortune or ill health at some point in our lives. That is part of being a human being.

We cannot be given a faith, just like we can’t be given good health or a permanently happy life.

If we want to have a healthy body, then we must care for it, exercise and eat the right kind of diet, and this is a life time plan, not a quick fix.

If we want to have a faith, we must also have a life plan. The major component is to be able to love, to love God and each other. And this is often more difficult than cutting out the cream cakes or making ourselves go for a run. Yet when we make a commitment to a faith, we can change our lives, not quickly but very slowly, as we develop more understanding towards each other, more compassion and a far happier state of mind which doesn’t want or need a constant supply of material goods.

Love is a gift from God, we must try to see the potential of loving, to see it as a personal obligation. To make it our ideal so that it is part of our very being.

Can you find the time to be happier, can you give yourself time to be at peace with yourself and all those you know. Can you? Or do you prefer the quick fix?

Rites of Passage

Funerals and Celebration of Life
The planning of a funeral may be one of the most difficult tasks that a family member or friend may have to do. Our Minister will help share the burden of loss and create a service which honours and celebrates the life of the deceased with calm sensitivity.

There are no set rules or regulations to the funeral service, so the family may choose music, readings or a setting that reflects the life of their loved one.

This ceremony is the final farewell and is important, therefore, it is planned with care. The minister will visit you as often as necessary, as well as keeping in touch both by email and telephone. Your sense of loss is recognised and pastoral support will be offered during this difficult time.

The minister will also conduct memorial services and services for those who were not able to attend the funeral of a loved one who may have died abroad.

If you wish to discuss any query with the Minister please email her on
revjeanbradley@yahoo.co.uk

Christening or Naming
Brook Street Unitarian Chapel holds an open-minded view of Baptism. We believe that by bringing a child for Baptism, we as a community of family and friends celebrate the life of that child. We ask for God’s blessing on both the child, his or her parents and the God parents. It is a time when the parents and Godparents make a commitment to welcome the child into a loving and safe kinship, offering protection, teaching right thinking principles and being honoured as a valuable person. We also respect those who prefer to organise a naming ceremony rather than a baptism or Christening. We have no restrictions on the number of Godparents or sponsors. The Minister wishes to meet both parents and Godparents before the ceremony to ensure that all those involved are committed to their role.

A variety of music, readings, gifts or symbols can be used for the ceremony and each service is unique to each family.

If you wish to know more please email the minister Jean Bradley on
revjeanbradley@yahoo.co.uk

Weddings
Brook Street Chapel are very proud to offer a beautiful venue for weddings. The three hundred year old building with its simple beauty is a wonderful backdrop for all the wedding finery and can help that create a day that the happy couple will never forget.

The minister creates a unique service for each couple. The couple may wish to write their own vows, give gifts to each other during the ceremony, use candles or other symbols. The minister will also have the ritual of the binding of the hands (sometimes known as hand fasting). It is also important that we find the right music, readings and theme for the day. The families of both bride and groom can also be considered for the part they can play on the joyful day.

Each wedding is written especially for each couple. The minister sees the importance of spending time in discussing all the details that allow their wedding day to be a happy and relaxed occasion. We also offer opportunities for Wedding Blessings and renewal of vows.

We make no distinction between those who have previously been married, nor between those who have a particular faith or indeed no faith.

Although we are not able to conduct a legal same sex union, the Minister will be pleased to conduct a ceremony of blessing and celebration for all loving relationships.

All people are welcome. Please contact the minister on
revjeanbradley@yahoo.co.uk

Special services
We have various other special services during the year. We celebrate Easter, Pentecost, Harvest and have a special Remembrance Day Service. Communion Services are held four times a year and are open to all who wish to participate. In the lead up to Christmas, our Carol Service, is a special highlight with a brass ensemble and a choral group - not to be missed! Then on Christmas Eve itself, we have a candlelit "Midnight Service" at 11.30 p.m. which has its own special atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you!

Chapel Activities

Brook Street Chapel Women's League
Brook Street Unitarian Chapel, has a thriving Women’s League, we meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm running from September to April. Currently we have twenty three members and our meetings are generally well attended by members, guests and friends.

All people are welcome including gentlemen. There is no expectation of commitment to Chapel life or regular attendance at the Women’s League meetings.

We enjoy a variety of speakers and occasionally games afternoons. Something for all ages and tastes.

The League supports a variety of charities. Twice a year in March and October, we organise a collection of clothing or unwanted items for St Paul’s Mission in Salford which helps the inner city poor and destitute. We also work towards supporting local charities and have a National annual fund raising event. This years charity is ‘Combat Stress’.

We enjoy an interesting year with various speakers, ranging from Holistic therapies, ‘the history of hats’, talks on local history, makeup demonstrations and ‘flog it, learn about antiques‘. We have an annual summer lunch in May and a Christmas lunch in December which welcomed fifty members and friends last year.

Friendships are the most important aspect of our group, not only do we enjoy working together but keep in contact with those who are no longer able to attend. We offer a warm welcome to everyone and believe in making each stranger a friend.

For any more information, please ring Maureen Fraser - our Secretary on 01565 634328

Coffee mornings
Every Tuesday 10am-11.30 approx.


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