News Archive

Our beautiful new wall-hanging

This Sunday morning, we were delighted to welcome our friend, Rev. Gillian Peel, who presented this beautiful wall-hanging to the congregation. Gillian is a gifted quilter, and had taken the trouble to incorporate a boot into the design, to represent the town. It will hang in pride of place in our sanctuary. The top two photos, of Gillian presenting the wall-hanging, with our Chairman, Jon Small, looking on, are by Sue Woolley; the bottom photo, of the wall-hanging alone, is by Gillian Peel.

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New Soul Haven service every 3rd Sunday

Soul Haven – 3rd Sundays, 10.30 am, led by Simon Hall

Your time for guided reflection through music, poetry, readings and song.

Join us for drinks and pastries followed by readings from diverse sources and traditions, earth-centred prayer, meditative practice and some singing.

Breaking free from the limitations of conventional religion, these gatherings provide a safe, calm space, in which to explore and appreciate your individual spirituality.

Come once, come monthly (3rd Sundays) or simply whenever you feel like it – no sign-up needed!

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. Rumi (Sufi poet and mystic)

Northampton Unitarians Meeting House Grand Opening 7th May 2016

A goodly number of Unitarians and other friends gathered in our Meeting House on a beautiful sunny afternoon, to witness the dedication of our new building. The pictures below tell the story …


The building looking pristine in the Spring sunshine


View coming up the road


Showing the entrance ramp and the side rooms

The inside of the building had been thoroughly cleaned and tidied, the chairs were set out and the flowers in their vases.



The Dedication Service itself started at 2.00 pm, and was led by our minister, Rev. Sue Woolley. The congregation sang beautifully, and we were happy to start with hymn no. 172 All Are Welcome Here, written by our former minister, Peter Galbraith.


The Dedication Service itself


Some of the congregation


Those present included Derek McAuley, Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches

Greetings were brought by Derek McAuley, Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches, and Jane Couper, President of the Midland Unitarian Association. Gavin Lloyd read out some encouraging words from Rev. Peter Hewis, who was unable to attend.

Afterwards, we enjoyed a splendid buffet, provided by the staff of Elsie’s Café, including a special fruit cake decorated with our Unitarian chalice symbol. It was a memorable occasion.


The staff of Elsie’s Café, captured in the midst of their preparations


Jon Small, Chair and Treasurer of the congregation, looking on while Sue Woolley cuts the chalice cake




Services to go Weekly in May

An exciting decision was made at our Annual General Meeting on 13th March. From Sunday 8th May, Northampton Unitarians are going to be holding a Sunday service for worship every week, rather than just on 2nd and 4th Sundays, as at present.

Rev. Sue Woolley will continue to lead one service a month, on 2nd Sundays, and Simon Hall has volunteered to lead a Café Church service on 3rd Sundays, starting on Sunday 17th May. It will be called “Soul Searchers: A relaxed yet uplifting spiritual encounter.”

We hope that this move to weekly services will encourage new people to join us on our Unitarian journey.

New stained glass chalice is put in place, and dedicated

At our service on Sunday 10th January, we were delighted to welcome Elizabeth Faiers, from York Unitarians. Elizabeth is a talented craftswoman, and has made us a beautiful stained glass chalice for the Manfield Room, our principal worship space. It was dedicated during our service by our Minister, with these words:

Spirit of Life and Love, We give thanks for this beautiful chalice, carefully crafted by loving hands.  May it be a light to us in our new home; may it be a light to us in this year, and in years to come. May it remind us of the wider Unitarian community, of which we are a part. Amen


We have a new home!

Today, Northampton Unitarians left their old building at 31, Hazelwood Road, and moved into their wonderful new home, Northampton Unitarians Meeting House. This red brick, detached building is on St. Katherine’s Terrace, off Horse Market, and opposite Sol Central.

Our website is going to be updated over the coming Christmas break – look out for lots of new, exciting activites.

We are also pleased to report that from 1st January 2016, Rev. Sue Woolley will be our quarter-time minister.