Last Sunday I was staying with some of my children in North London and we went to the Sunday Assembly which is a form of secular service that I first heard about when I attended the BHA meeting in Leeds in early June.
It lasted an hour and was great fun and rather uplifting. The theme for this Sunday was “star gazing” and we sung popular songs about space. We had a short interesting lecture by an Oxford astronomy don, various poetry readings, a funny space madrigal sung by “The Kitchen Quartet”, a short period of quiet reflection and an amusing and inspiring sort of space-themed sermon/homily by Pippa Evans (one of the main organisers and a comedian by profession). We were encouraged to meet those sitting around us and at the end there were stands to visit about local community projects, a book club, a philosophy club, a choir etc. It was free, but a tin went round during one song for contributions.
It was most of what I once enjoyed about Christian worship without the religion. If there was one in Shrewsbury, I would go each week.
Here is their website and also for your interest a link to a Christian website that give a surprisingly fair review of the Sunday Assembly’s.