Events that stimulate the mind and soul
We have an ever changing calendar of events – explore the What’s on to see what’s coming up next.
Find out more about our regular events:
Sunday Service | Exploring the faith | Open Wednesday | Modern Masculinity and The First World War | Sacred Justice | The Good Friday Project | Carols by Candlelight
Every Sunday 11am
Our Sunday morning service is a time for reflection, prayer, music, and poetry. Led by one of our ministers or church members, we aim to create a space for you to enjoy the beauty of the chapel, its quietness and its uplifting architecture. Sometimes we challenge with ideas and sometimes we allow you to reflect in quietness. Whether you find a quiet corner or share in the singing and conversation we hope that you will find the time helpful.
On the first Sunday of the month we have a communion service, sharing bread and wine. Our table is open to all who wish to participate.
Children are welcome and we have some space and resources for them at the back of the Chapel.
There are opportunities for sharing our understanding of the Christian faith in these challenging and complex times. We do so with an openness and willingness to listen to each other – sharing doubts, fears, hopes and aspirations for ourselves and the society in which we live. Sometimes we dive deep into the Bible and sometimes we explore contemporary issues in the light of our faith.
Every Wednesday 10am – 1pm
Every Wednesday we open the church doors to hold an informal morning of tea, coffee and conversation. Every week we organise a different activity. All activities start at 11 a.m. unless otherwise stated.
The second Wednesday of the month is Art Drop In and the third Wednesday of the month is an Organ Session. Other activities vary and have included everything from an introduction to yoga to a talk on how to encourage birds in your garden!
A year long project about the First World War and contemporary masculinity funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.
Every year we host a remembrance event and we want to understand this anniversary in a way that is meaningful to people today.
We’re looking at the emotional impact of the first world war, particularly focusing on the effects of ‘shell-shock’, which, now defined as PTSD, wasn’t fully recognised or treated at the time. Our research includes the idea that the lack of support in addressing the traumatic impact of the war may have impacted families and future generations in that unresolved trauma may be passed down and carried on. This issue seems pertinent particularly for men, who may have shut down emotionally, thus modelling a form of masculinity to their children which is distant and invulnerable.
Studies show that there are high rates of suicide and isolation amongst young men today, and that many men find it hard to talk about their feelings or open up in relationships. As part of this project we are running men’s groups in the Chapel, looking at the challenges men face in contemporary society.
We are also gathering people’s memories and stories from their own family history. We are inviting people to share around their relatives who fought in the First World War and the impact that it had on their parents and grandparents. We are particularly interested in stories that relate in some way to Union Chapel and Islington.
All of the findings of our research will be collated into an art installation and exhibition that will be displayed in the chapel during November this year, with an event on Remembrance Sunday 12th Nov 2017.
This project is coordinated by Union Chapel’s Culture and Worship Outreach Worker Boe Huntress.
If you have any questions or would like to be involved get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Union Chapel is concerned with issues of social justice, the environment and peace-making. We see this as an essential expression of our faith. We organise some events including film nights in which we deepen our understanding of the power dynamics at play in our world.
There are also opportunities for small groups of people who are engaged in social justice work, as workers, volunteers or concerned citizens to meet together to reflect on what they are doing in a Sacred Justice Circle. If you are interested in being part of a circle, then contact email@example.com
The Good Friday Project at Union Chapel offers people an opportunity both for contemplation and to hear live religious music of a professional standard, every Good Friday.
These are free annual events for the community, though donations are welcome.
Every year just before Christmas we have a Carol Concert. It is glorious! The atmosphere is warm, friendly and magical. Everyone is encouraged to sing – there are traditional carols and festive hits. But the real highlight of the evening is when the lights go down and the Chapel is lit by the light of over 1000 of candles.
Keep an eye on our Calendar for this year’s installment.
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