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Meeting Notes January 2019

Our cheerful frugal lunch in December together with contributions from the Swindon Fellowship raised £137 for Crisis at Christmas. The January Service stressed both the pressing realities of today’s world and the need to treat others, however different and wherever they are, with compassion. Mark’s Service raised more questions than could be answered. I should have liked more time […]

Meeting Notes December 2018

Our December Service was preceded by a ‘frugal lunch’ of soup and bread and cheese in aid of Crisis at Christmas at which £137 was raised.  Rev. Mark Hutchinson   took a seasonal Advent Service. As usual there were intertwining themes: the role of light, the myth of the Christmas Story, our need to review our […]

Meeting Notes November 2018

Mark’s Service in November shone lights on the pagan festival of Samhain and the Christian season of All Souls. We remembered, using a powerful reading and at another point lighting candles of remembrance, all those known to us or not, who had died in the year. As we met in Swindon amid the fallen leaves […]

Meeting Notes October 2018

On October 7th we welcomed Mark Hutchinson for the first time as our Minister.  Mark took an interesting and many sided look around the subject of community. In the course of the Service he presented each of us with three questions that he hopes we will respond to when we have given them enough thought: […]

Meeting Notes September 2018

Kath Forder’s Service on September 2nd, her last as our Lay Pastor, picked up the theme of the August Swindon play reading The God Shaped Hole.  Kath suggested that as humans wrestled with the why’s and how’s of existence they came to a point where the questions were unanswerable without a concept of God – […]

Meeting Notes August 2018

Kath Forder’s August Service in Cirencester was a celebration of the words of the hymn ‘We come as we are’. Kath drew on writing by Simon Parke to help us to explore the idea that we need to acknowledge that our darker side is part of us, and consciously own it as we join in […]

Meeting Notes July 2018

In her Service on July 1st Kath Forder’s again welcomed a new member, Camila Garces-Bovett. Camila was unable to make the June Service, but has worked hard picking our brains for answers to a wide range of questions about Unitarian thinking and practice. More sadly we remembered Jean Whittam and her family. Jean had died […]

Meeting Notes June 2018

Kath Forder’s Membership Service on June 3rd skilfully wove together the principles of the General Assembly, Unitarian values and the important building blocks of Cirencester’s Unitarian identity. We were delighted to welcome two new members, Catherine Day and David Ellis. We look forward to their company and hope that they will continue to be confident that becoming a member of […]

Meeting Notes May 2018

At our Service on May 6th we looked at what Jesus meant when he said in the Sermon on the Mount that the meek were blessed. It was suggested that another word for what was intended was gentle, and that Jesus was encouraging people to overcome the angry or aggressive side of their nature. This certainly seemed to fit […]

Meeting Notes March/April 2018

Owing to the bad weather in March both services at Cirencester and Swindon had to be cancelled. Our Easter Service on April 1st was taken by Kath Forder. Kath used the coincidence of Easter falling on April Fools’ Day to good effect, reminding us that in ages past one of the roles of the Fool […]

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