These days many if most churches would acknowledge that Sunday worship is not at the top of most peoples to do list. Hence our congregations each Sunday tend to be small. At our chapel certainly, we are few in numbers but instead of measuring the quantity we enjoy the quality of our gatherings. There is real fellowship and there is a great pleasure in our meeting together.
Nevertheless, we often wonder how we could attract a few more people to share the Sunday morning with us.
In this Internet age we know that you can find a lot of information online and of course we do have a website. There's been a Unitarian presence in Oldham since 1812 and our chapel is not hard to find. The fact is that if anyone wants to come to our chapel on a Sunday they can easily find us and would be made most welcome.
Nevertheless, we feel that perhaps we should reach out a little more. So, soon we are going to publish and deliver our One World news sheet in the area. If you don't receive a copy you'll soon be able to download it from our website. Of course, as Unitarians we do worship God and reflect on the big questions of life and the Universe. Without our congregation there would be no Unitarian Chapel and that would be a big blow to the hundreds of people in Oldham and beyond who benefit from all that we have to offer. For example, each Monday the cafe is open serving breakfast and lunch in partnership with the food bank and other assistance that is provided by the charity, UKeff. From Tuesdays throughout the week the chapel and One World Cafe operates as a community hub for vulnerable adults and in the evenings various interest groups meet. Our One World Cafe has become an established venue for folk music in Oldham where everyone is welcome on the third Thursday of each month.
The Unitarian Chapel in Oldham is a real centre of community it has much to offer thanks to our congregation and volunteers. We also look forward to receiving new visitors and enquiries about who we are and what we do.
The Unitarian spirit is very much alive in Oldham.
My best wishes as always,