The Sunday Assembly

The Sunday Assembly: A really fun alt-atheist church

Ditch brunch, an early morning run or your hangover in favour of The Sunday Assembly, a godless gathering on the first Sunday of every month at The Nave, a fabulously atmospheric, dilapidated church on St Paul’s Road, in Islington.

We trundled along to the second ‘service’ at the start of February, which centered around the theme of ‘Wonder’, and it really set us up for the week, with its ‘sermon’ on the wonder of the universe by a rather dishy physicist (not Prof Brian), alt-hyms in the form of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, and Stevie Wonder’s Suspicious Minds, lecture-cum-stories by comedians – the guitar toting Pippa Evans and wild-bearded Sanderson Jones – and impassioned reading of the opening to Alice in Wonderland (jump down those rabbit holes, dammit, with no worrying how you might get out was the lesson we took from it).

We had such fun, and will definitely be going to the next offering – around the theme of helping others, with witty speakers including Arthur Smith and Lucy Porter. If you enjoy the School of Life’s Sunday Sermons, try this, do – it’s every bit as good, or in the case of the last assembly, truly wonderful.

What:
The Sunday Assembly
When:
The first Sunday of every month - though see their website for extra events and dates.
Where:
The Nave, 1 St Paul's Road, N1 2QH
Price:
Free (but a generous donation so the organisers can keep doing what they're doing is very welcome)
— Beatrice
13th February 2013