on Saturday 5th November.
A service of welcome and induction for Rev. Nicky Jenkins as minister of York Unitarians was held on Saturday 5th November and was conducted by Rev. Sarah Tinker, minister of Essex Church, London.
The service started with the hymn Celebrate the gift of laughter, and the President of the General Assembly, Dot Hewerdine, presented the minister to the congregation. Adrienne Wilson, on clarinet, and David Hammond, on piano, played Somewhere during a time of reflection. Andrew Hill gave an induction prayer.
In the address given by Sarah Tinker, she talked about ministry being about relationships, and the relationship between a congregation and a minister as co-workers, working alongside one another for a higher purpose.
Several member of the congregation, in a shared covenant, asked Rev. Nicky Jenkins if she would help build community, share joys and sorrows, help find a way through trouble and confusion and face new challenges and opportunities and Nicky agreed. In turn Nicky asked if York Unitarians were willing to share talents, insights and experiences to build and maintain a spiritual community and maintain the freedom of the pulpit, and for the support of the congregation with pastoral care and spiritual guidance and to help with outreach work and support her work as minister, and the congregation agreed.
Greetings were given by Mr. Jonathan Tyler, Sheriff of York, who told of the connections he and his wife had with Unitarians, an ancestor who was a minister at Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds, and their own attendance in the past at Rosslyn Hill Chapel. G.A President, Dot Hewerdine, brought greetings from the General Assembly, and Jen Atkinson, President-elect of the Yorkshire Unitarian Union, brought greetings from the other Yorkshire churches, and Jim Corrigall brought greetings from the Ministerial Fellowship.
Following the service, invited guests, friends, and the York congregation enjoyed afternoon tea and conversation.
SUNDAY, 25th SEPTEMBER
In praise of apples was the Harvest theme of Bright Lights Intergenerational Worship with an apple challenge when the children bobbed for apples, and the story of Johnny Appleseed, and a tin harvest collection of tinned food, breakfast cereals, toiletries and new clothing, which is donated to Carecent, a charity which provides breakfasts for the homeless at the nearby Methodist church daily. The service included hymns - We bring to the altar, For everyone born, a place at the table, and a responsive reading:
As the apples ripen and drop,
- Let all that grows in our gardens thrive.
As leaves burn into rich shades of yellow and red,
- Let us notice the technicolour of everyday.
As chrysanthemum and cosmos bloom,
- Let our hearts be open to the light.
As solitary bees plug their nests with mud,
- Let a window to our souls be thrown wide.
As squirrels bury acorns in quiet corners,
- Let us lay down stores of goodness.
As candles and fires are lit,
- Let the warmth of our love unfold.
As the richness of autumn arrives,
- Let our lives be fruitful. Amen.
SUNDAY, 11th SEPTEMBER
The congregation was invited to bring poems, readings or artefacts about Cycling Heaven for a Serendipity Service while the local Skyride took place when cyclists are given the freedom of the city streets in York, and buses and cars are banned. Despite the difficulties of getting to the chapel in the city centre there were 22 in the congregation. The children spent time in the Chapel garden and made an autumn chalice of twigs, leaves and berries.
SUNDAY, 4th SEPTEMBER
Rev. Nicky Jenkins began her ministry with us on 1st September and led her first Sunday service of worship on 4th September with a theme of New Beginnings. The service included a story for all ages, candles of joys and concerns from members of the congregation, and a sermon from Nicky on the theme of hope. Music was provided by David Hammond, the congregation joined in four songs from the purple hymn book and enjoyed refreshments and conversation following the service.