It’s been a great start to 2015 here in Nottingham, and we can hardly believe January is almost finished. We held our monthly Sunday Assembly on 18th Jan on the theme of ‘Getting Through’. The core of the topic dealt with working through the January blues, but also extended to other situations in life where we need to grit our teeth and press through.
Our reading included the memorable words of Winston Churchill:
“If you are going through Hell, keep going”
Sage words indeed, but the message of the Assembly was also that the support of friends, practiced optimism, and taking joy in the small things is the key to getting through dark times.
Wake Me Up
Our talk was about ‘Ways to Wake Up In the Morning’, and was delivered by Liza, one of our new members. Liza’s talk focused on the first few moments after waking, and how that frequently set the tone for the rest of the day. We came away with a renewed sense of the importance of healthy sleeping patterns – and inspired to re-think our early morning routines. I have been prompted by the talk both to make some adjustments in my own routine, and to more deeply appreciate the positive aspects of my mornings. Having spoken to friends within the congregation since, I know I am not alone in this. Thanks Liza!
As always we enjoyed singing a rousing array of topical songs, including ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’, ‘Rock Around the Clock’ and ‘I Will Survive’ Our choir bought us out of our contemplation time with an acoustic rendering of Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish a hearty ‘Happy Birthday’ to our Nottingham Sunday Assembly Choir. Our choir is one of the highlights of our community here in Nottingham. Our Choir Mistress Jo is a trained singer and conductor, and has used her charm and bundles of talent to great effect at the S.A. The choir has been running since January 2014 and has performed original song arrangements at every Assembly since. I fondly remember the Assemblies in October and November, when the choir performed a beautiful acoustic song about the Autumn, written by one of Jo’s friends. Our Choir meets regularly on the second Sunday of the month and before the main Sunday Assembly. Great work, and keep on singing!
The Thursday Club has also hit the ground running this New Year. Our popular fortnightly discussion group reconvened after the Christmas break on 8th January to determine our group topics for the next few months. Upcoming discussions include ‘Morality’, ‘Favourite Art’, ‘Social Status’, ‘Life-changing Episodes’, ‘Favourite Food’ and ‘Sex & Sexuality’. I’m looking forward to some enjoyable and eye-opening discussions at the Thursday Club in the coming months! I was delighted to see 13 people at the Club at our two January meetings, which included several new faces. This is an increased attendance for us (up from 8-10 regulars) and is a positive start to 2015.
Looking forward to February
Our February Assembly will be on the topic of ‘Values’. We’ve already met to discuss the readings, talk and some of the songs – and are looking forward to the service on 15th February. In the meantime two of our organisers will be heading down to London for the Sunday Assembly training weekend on 30th Jan, and hope to come back bursting with new ideas.
See our home page for upcoming events, and we look forward to seeing you if you are in Nottingham for one of our Assemblies.