Services and News

 

 Happy Fathers’ Day! Sunday 20 June

Our Fathers’ Day Sunday Service will ask, how you can be a good father, whether or not you’re a parent (or even a man).

Brook Street: following the way and teaching of Jesus.
Christian, Unitarian, welcoming all.

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LATEST NEWS

 
We are a friendly group of people (we also have quite a few doggies who come to service as well!) seeking to follow the teaching and example of Jesus, sharing care and kindness in difficult times and fun, smiles and laughter in the good ones. Brook Street: following the way and teaching of Jesus.
Christian: Unitarian: Welcoming All!

 

Remaining Services in June – all services are at 11 o’clock on Sunday

 June 20 Rev Alex Bradley – ‘Father’s Day. how can you be a good father, whether or not you’re a parent (or even a man)’

June 27 James Wilson will be conducting our service. Jim is a member of our Warrington congregation and we welcome him for his first visit to Brook Street.

For more details, please ring the Minister on 01565 754 465, or 07518 842 635 OR email him on

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OUR TUESDAY COFFEE MORNINGS ARE A GREAT WAY TO MEET FRIENDS OLD AND NEW! from 10.00 to 11.45  in the HALL 

Come and join us for ‘the cheapest and friendliest coffee in town’!

(The entrance is on Adams Hill, by the bus stop)

 

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IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT HOMELESS CHARITY APPEAL

One of our members, Lisa, has been volunteering with a charity in Manchester called ‘The Homeless Project’, She spoke about it in our Sunday worship service and  asked us to pass round the word around about one of the Project team called Danny, who is doing a coast to coast walk to raise money for Homeless Project Manchester…

“Every little helps to buy the essentials we need to keep on helping in anyway we can on the streets and also helping families in temporary accommodation and Women’s Direct Access who are escaping abusive partners…”

If you are able to help , please click on the link to donate and a big thanks for all the team xx

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/danny-coast2coast

Many thanks to Lisa for mentioning this very worthwhile charity and please support Danny’s fundraising walk if you are able.

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The following open letter was sent to the denominational paper, ‘The Inquirer’, by the Chair of our congregation, Graham Birks. However, for whatever reason, it was not published. We therefore publish it here, so that our views on this important matter can be heard. The national website is putting out information in our name, and it should be a true reflection of who we are, as a liberal religious community of faith.

The GA website

To the Editor:          

Our chapel committee recently discussed the new national Unitarian
website. While we appreciate the hard work put in with the laudable intention
to attract more people to Unitarianism, unfortunately we think it will be more
likely to put people off from entering our doors. Our major reservations centre
on the impression given to people accessing it for the first time.

We are deeply concerned that the religious aspect of our
movement is greatly downplayed. The GA Object, which expresses the diversity of
our denomination is buried in the recesses of the website. The full title of
our denomination is put in tiny font at the bottom of the homepage. The page
under ‘radical roots’ gives an account of our history but gives the impression
that it is a part of our past rather than our present. It speaks of the
rejection of the doctrine of the Trinity, and then goes on to say: “Today, our
name points towards ideas of unity, the oneness of life, universalism- of being
together as one”. This sentence while unobjectionable in itself, is too vague. It
seems to imply that Unitarians have ‘gone beyond’ the oneness of God. Some may have done so, but many, perhaps most, UK Unitarians have a dynamic and vibrant faith
in the ‘oneness’ of the spiritual reality that many call God, however broad their
definition of that reality might be. It might well have been better if the page
had stated clearly that Unitarians have huge divergencies of opinion on these
matters, ranging over a wide theological spectrum, rather than make a statement
that tries to conflate these diametrically opposing tendencies and so end up describing
very little.

The reference to ‘open minded, loving, spiritually grounded communities” is too vague to convey any real sense of who we are. It might be describing self-help groups of some kind. Most people reading it are unlikely to associate it with worshipping communities in church buildings. People seeking a religious alternative to restrictive or oppressive churches will look for words like ‘worship’, ‘religious’, and ‘God’:
 sadly, they are unlikely to find them as
they are not easily accessible.

The use of the word ‘radical’ is potentially very misleading.
It is true that we were ‘radical’ in our origins and Unitarians have been
‘radical’ in being in the forefront of rights for various marginalised groups but
for most outsiders, the term radical will have a much broader connotation of a
counter-cultural movement, or one espousing alternative lifestyles.  A first-time visitor to one of our churches expecting something ‘alternative’ and finding instead, a group of people (quite possibly from
an older age range) singing hymns and listening to prayers and devotional readings
is unlikely to return.

The experience of our own congregation is that the vast majority of our members came originally from other churches (one was even refused a funeral for a family member by her previous church). They found our
open, very broad, liberal Christian, ethos just what they were looking for, an
outlook which allowed for and respected all shades of belief and opinion. Had
they seen the new website, they might not have enquired any further.  Other Unitarian churches have different theological stances, being perhaps more earth-centred or theistic, or pan-religious but they are still recognisable as religious communities, and thus we share some commonality with them, despite our theological differences. We feel strongly that many other Unitarian and Free Christian chapels like ourselves would wish to see this reflected more clearly in the web-site, so as to appeal to those Christians who may be looking for a less dogmatic approach to their chosen faith.

Yours sincerely,

Graham Birks (Chairman of Brook St. Unitarian and Free
Christian Chapel, Knutsford, Cheshire.)

Written and compiled by Brook St. Chapel committee, and sent
on their behalf.