Workshops and Courses

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Sunday Conversation
Sunday 28th July 2019, 12.45-2.00pm

Everyone is invited to join us for an evening of summer poetry with themed music and refreshments too. This is an opportunity to choose a favourite poem you’d like to bring and we’re encouraging the many secret poets in our congregation to take this opportunity to read their own work aloud. If you give Sarah your choice in advance we will make sure we have enough copies for everyone. Let us know if you plan to join us.

Summer Poetry Evening
Tuesday 30th July 2019, 7.00-8.00pm

Why not bring your lunch and stay behind after the service on 28th July for our regular Sunday Conversation in connection with this month’s theme of ‘Curiosity and Wonder’. All are welcome.

Beginners’ Course in ‘Heart Meditation’
Various Dates including 9th and 23rd July, 6.30-7.30pm

Essex Church is hosting this course, run by an external group, which members of the congregation might be interested in: ‘Using ancient rhythms, played on a frame drum, the classes will help you focus on your heart beat, enabling you to start on a journey of self-discovery, to enable your full potential’. First class is free, thereafter donations welcome. To find out about this Gnostic meditation form visit www.heartmeditation.eu or email infoheartmeditation@gmail.com

Greeters’ Training: A Short Workshop
on How We Can Better Welcome Newcomers
Sunday 11th August 2019, 12.45-2.00pm

At the recent AGM it was suggested that we should hold a ‘Greeters’ Training Workshop’ (in a similar fashion to the successful ‘Readers’ Training’ we recently held) in order to help people be better prepared to take an active role in welcoming newcomers to our congregation and to share hints and tips about best practice. Please email Jane ASAP if you plan to attend: jane@kensington-unitarians.org.uk.

London Playback Theatre: ‘Moving On and Staying Put’
Friday 20th September, 7.30-9.30pm

London Playback Theatre is a team of internationally experienced professional theatre practitioners, consultants, educators, and therapists. We create spontaneous, improvised theatre through a unique collaboration between performers and audience. We encourage people to share their real life stories – through the magic of theatre – we bring those stories to life. Our work offers opportunities for participants to deepen their understanding of each other and to develop authentic ways of communicating. As an audience member you are not in the spotlight unless you choose to put up your hand to share something – you will be engaged in the whole experience as friendly witness – and you can stay for conversation afterwards. Playback Theatre returns on 20th September, and 15th November. They offer their performances free of charge and welcome donations. For more information see: www.londonplayback.com / Email: londonplayback@gmail.com

Worship that Works: Equipping Unitarians to lead
High-Quality Services through Reflective Practice
Saturday 21st September 2019, 10.30am-3.00pm
at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead

This autumn’s LDPA quarterly will feature a whole-day training session introducing participants to best practice in Unitarian worship. This will be particularly beneficial for anybody who would like to be involved in leading worship in their own congregation or in churches around their district. It would also be useful for people who already lead worship and who would like to develop skills and share hints and tips with other Unitarians.

However, all who enjoy Unitarian worship and would like to think about it more in a structured way are also welcome to attend. The workshop will have a particular focus on reflective practice and the meaning and purpose of the worship we do together.

The workshop will also act as an introductory session for anyone wishing to undertake the Worship Studies Course (Foundation Step), a nationally recognised GA course, which we are intending to run once again in the LDPA at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, between autumn 2019 and spring 2020. The remainder of the course will be run over three further Saturdays, by a variety of expert tutors, and we would be glad to hear early expressions of interest from any who might wish to sign up.