Our services at Bayshill Church in Cheltenham are less formal than you might expect – we don’t have pews, but sit in comfortable chairs set out in a semi-circle, and although we do have a magnificent organ, sadly we don’t have anyone at the moment who can play it, so hymns and other pieces of music are played on CD.
At the beginning of each service we light our chalice candle – the flaming chalice is the Unitarian symbol – which is followed by words of welcome. Generally there are hymns, readings, prayers and a short piece of music to accompany a time of private meditation, prayer or reflection. Readings may be taken from a variety of different religious scriptures or from secular sources. As Unitarians we draw from the wisdom of all faiths and branches of human knowledge.
All our services are followed by refreshments, which presents a great opportunity for everyone to get together for a chat, and on the first Sunday of each month, those of us who wish to, bring along some lunch so that we can have more time for convivial company and conversation.
We meet at 11.00 am on Sundays at Bayshill Church in Royal Well Lane, Cheltenham – please do come along and join us, you will be made very welcome.
We also meet on a quarterly basis in Gloucester.
Although we are a mixed bunch of characters, we come together to share our week’s events with each other and relieve the pressure today’s world can bring.
If you’d like to listen to a Unitarian service, Kensington Unitarians (based in London) do a weekly podcast of their services (without the hymns!). Visit their site here.
SERVICES IN JUNE 2018:
Sunday 3rd June – Cressida Pryor will be telling us about the Iona spiritual community, and her experiences there.
Sunday 10th June – Paul Janke will be leading an interesting service based on eclectic and alternative spiritual sources for which he is renowned.
Sunday 17th June – Alison Thursfield, a member of Cheltenham & Gloucester Unitarians, will be leading the service, which is always thoughtful and informative.
Sunday 24th June – Our service will be led by Dorothy Houghton, whose services are always inspiring, usually including some humorous stories!
Please see the Events page for details of any other forthcoming services.