Colchester Film Club, which includes a Quaker, came to Saffron Walden in July 2016 to make a film about George Stacey Gibson. They gave us a DVD of it which we showed the result to the Meeting.  We asked them if we could have a link so people could watch it via the website and this they have done, very kindly.

The story of the Quaker family that shaped modern Saffron Walden and on the way became one of the founders of Barclays Bank. Click the link:

Mr Saffron Walden
The story of the Quaker family that shaped modern Saffron Walden and on the way became one of the founders of Ba...


Saffron Walden January 2018 Newsletter
Best Wishes and Greetings for the New Year!
Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you which may not be great business.
Advice and Query no. 28.
Dates for January
Tuesday 2th 'What is... No Religion' TBC, by Shawn Martin ('Inter Faith Group for NW Essex' Administrator), 2, Castle Street 6.30 to 7.30
etc...
Wednesday 3rd CHAT in the Tea room 10.30 till 12.00
Monday 8
th, The Healing group (Friends Fellowship of Healing) will meet from 10 till 11.00am. in the Meeting House. Please note the winter timing.
Sunday 14th Area Meeting (postponed from December) at 12.45. The agenda will include appointments for 2018, the annual report from our Meeting as well as that of Area Meeting Elders and Overseers plus a workshop on ‘shapeshifting and living adventurously within our Area Meeting’ and more . Attenders are most welcome to attend.
The Meeting will follow a
Bring and Share lunch. Please bring something to share and meet people from the other Local Meetings over lunch.
The Area Meeting is the primary meeting for church affairs in Britain Yearly Meeting, giving opportunities for fellowship and spiritual development. As well as maintaining our local community of Friends, those attending can broaden their acquaintance with wider Quaker affairs. If you are an attender, please tell me Gill Parker, or one of the clerks if you would like to attend.
Thursday 18th Churches Together Agape Meal
Sunday 21st , The Churches Together annual Covenant Service at the Baptist Church
No Shared lunch today as we will have had it on the 14
th.

Tuesday 23rd. Book Group 7.30 pm. at Judith’s, 10 Peaslands Road.  We are reading 'The Little Red Chairs' by Edna O’Brian. To be confirmed.

Sunday 28th 12 noon. Local Meeting for Business.
The usual Quaker Faith and Practice Study group will now take place in February. You may like to prepare by studying chapter 22.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Thursday 18th January   Agape Meal.  United Reformed Church Hall, Abbey Lane
             6:30 for 7:00 pm.
     A good opportunity to meet members of the other churches over a simple meal.
    It would help if they know numbers in advance,- please let Val Bowtle know (v.bowtle@btinternet.com or telephone (01799) 526271); alternatively if you let John Capper know he will pass the information on).

 Sunday 21st January United Service at the Baptist Church 10:30 am. During the Service John Searle Barnes will sign the Churches Together Covenant on our behalf.
       There will be activities in the church hall for pre-school children. Older children will attend the service for the first 20 minutes before leaving  for other activities.

  Thursday 25th January  Lunchtime Prayer event 12:00 noon. The Baptist Minister, John Goddard, would like to know numbers (minister@sw-bc.org Tel: 07548 525646).
 
          I hope some of us will be able to join in with some of these events.  You may remember how successful  the Agape Meal was a year or two ago when we hosted it ourselves.
In Friendship

Children’s Meeting
7 Jan Recycle activity and Green Quakers

14th to be arranged
21
st to be arranged
28
th No formal CYPM but the room and activities are there for families to use.


Young People’s Group

7th Jan 5-7.30pm SW Young People Gathering (details to follow)

Information from the National Mailing
Children and young people
    4–7 May 2018, Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead
    (finishing at Friends House, London on the Monday).
    Bookings are now open for the Young People’s Programme at Yearly Meeting. This residential event is for young Quakers aged 11–15 to gather in community with their peers, whilst exploring yearly meeting topics in age appropriate ways. There will be space for worship, discussion on topics of interest as well as time to take part in fun activities. Bookings close 18 March 2018.
    CYP Administrator, cypadmin@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1013
      4–7 May 2018, Friends House, London
      Bookings are now open for the Children’s Programme at Yearly Meeting. This event is for young Quakers aged 0–11 to gather in community with their peers, whilst exploring yearly meeting topics in age appropriate ways. There will be space for worship, discussion on topics of interest as well as time to take part in fun activities. Bookings close 18 March 2018.
      CYP Administrator, cypadmin@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1013
        There are a range of national Quaker events for children and young people being planned for 2018. These events are important for Quaker children and young people. Offers of service are sought for adult volunteers to be part of the event teams. People who have been part of event teams in the past have found this challenging, rewarding and enjoyable. Offers are needed by the end of December 2017.
        Full details of the opportunities can be found under the heading ‘Children and Young Peoples 2018 Event Teams on the website at www.quaker.org.uk/job-opportunities/opportunities.
        CYP Administrator, cypadmin@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1013
        For those of you who hold roles in our Local or Area Meeting.
        Perhaps you would be interested in attending one of these.
          Edinburgh, 17 February; Ashford (Kent), 24 March; Liverpool, 26 May 2018 (10am to 4pm)
          Quaker Life and Woodbrooke, working in partnership, invite you to join us at one of three gatherings around the country for Quaker role holders in 2018. Find out more at www.quaker.org.uk/events
          Book to attend these valuable explorations days for Quaker role holders at https://forms.quaker.org.uk/patterns-and-examples
          Oliver Waterhouse, Quaker Life: 020 7663 1007, oliverw@quaker.org.uk
          Rhiannon Grant, Woodbrooke: 0121 4156 770, rhiannon.grant@woodbrooke.org.uk

            A conference for new Friends and Attenders.

            The Closing date is Sunday 28th of January. Please confirm with Biddy or Gill that you would like to attend.

            23 - 25 March 2018, Alfreton
            Quaker Peace & Social Witness seeks to support Friends to translate faith into action and to be part of a movement for positive social change. Come and find out more about how we work in the world on behalf of Friends and how you can get involved. And you can tell us how we can best support you and your meeting.
            You will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of those who deliver the programmes of work. You will learn how work is discerned and overseen by Friends and there will be ample opportunity to reflect on what you have heard and to get to know other Friends.
            The Conference is particularly aimed at:
              We will spend some time looking at how QPSW work is contributing to progressing the Yearly Meeting commitments to economic justice and sustainability, and how we are challenging the rise of militarism in schools and wider society. We hope the following work programmes will be amongst those featured:
                Local and Area meetings are encouraged to nominate Friends who might benefit from this conference, but you can also come as a self-paying participant.
                Booking is essential - please book by Sunday 28 January 2018.
                For more information contact: Kristin Skarsholt Telephone: 020 7663 1121

                  The course will be live at the following link in January
                  http://moodle.woodbrooke.org.uk/course/view.php?id=261  
                  The new Woodbooke brochure is out for the whole of 2018, do have a look online or there will be paper copies in the Meeting House shortly. Please ask the overseers if you would like financial help. Woodbrooke also offers bursaries.
                  There’s lots of other information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. on these websites
                  www.woodbrooke.org.uk
                  www.charneymanor.com
                  www.claridgehousequaker.org.uk
                  www.quakercommunity.org.uk
                  Don’t forget to check out our national website too www.quaker.org.uk to find out more about national goings on.

                  The next newsletter will come out on or around the 28th February. Please let me know any dates or information you would like me to include.


                  National Quaker News
                   Several conferences or courses to tempt you dear Friends.
                  Quaker Council for European Affairs Conference
                   
                    Upcoming conference I'd like to let you know about our upcoming conference, Sanctuary Everywhere, which we'll be hosting jointly with Quaker Peace and Social Witness this December. The two-day event will look at how we can transform Europe into a continent of sanctuary, both for all the people who currently live here, and for other people seeking protection. The conference will be held in Brussels and places are still available - for more details or to register, visit www.qcea.org/events
                    If you would like to go, our Meeting will pay for you to go on our behalf.
                    Please tell me.  Gill
                     
                    2018 QPSW Annual Spring Conference
                    A conference for new Friends and Attenders.
                    The Area Meeting will pay for you to go. Please let Biddy or me know if you would like to go on our behalf. Gill
                     
                    23 - 25 March 2018, Alfreton
                    Quaker Peace & Social Witness seeks to support Friends to translate faith into action and to be part of a movement for positive social change. Come and find out more about how we work in the world on behalf of Friends and how you can get involved. And you can tell us how we can best support you and your meeting.
                    You will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of those who deliver the programmes of work. You will learn how work is discerned and overseen by Friends and there will be ample opportunity to reflect on what you have heard and to get to know other Friends.
                    The Conference is particularly aimed at:
                      We will spend some time looking at how QPSW work is contributing to progressing the Yearly Meeting commitments to economic justice and sustainability, and how we are challenging the rise of militarism in schools and wider society. We hope the following work programmes will be amongst those featured:
                        Local and Area meetings are encouraged to nominate Friends who might benefit from this conference, but you can also come as a self-paying participant.
                        Booking is essential - please book by Sunday 28 January 2018. 
                        For more information contact: Kristin Skarsholt Telephone: 020 7663 1121
                        The Changing Face of Faith in Britain and how Quakers should respond
                        Friday 16–Sunday 18 March 2018, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
                        The Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations have commissioned research on the secular society and changes intraditional religious expression. This conference will present the research and provide an opportunity for Friends to review its findings together. Grace Davie, author of ‘Religion in Britain: a persistent paradox’ is the keynote speaker.
                        The Woodbrooke booking form is included with the flyer. Woodbrooke, enquiries@woodbrooke.org.uk, 0121 472 5171www.woodbrooke.org.uk
                          The spiritual journey experienced by Friends transforms those who undertake it and the world around them.  We’ll explore elements of that journey, as experienced by early Friends and Quakers in our time.  We’ll also support one another in our next steps in faithfulness. Our time will include video presentations and 'live' conversations with Marcelle Martin, discussion of brief passages by early Friends, worship, storytelling, personal sharing, and listening for God's call to us now.  The week end will be co-facilitated by Alex Wildwood.
                          To book follow this link:
                          https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/our-life-is-love-the-quaker-spiritual-journey/
                          Support for Friends World Committee for Consultation
                          Representatives serving on Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) ask for your prayerful upholding and financial support of FWCC’swork. Quaker concerns cross continents and varied ways
                          of worship and theology. We hope you can help support FWCC as it continues to connect Friends in our work, our worship and our lives.
                          Marleen Schepers, 020 7663 1143, marleens@quaker.org.uk www.quaker.org.uk/qwrc
                           
                            We are reviewing how Friends and meetings use the Book of Meetings and information contained within it. If you use the printed book or other methods to access meeting information, please help us by completing the short online survey located here https://forms. quaker.org.uk/bom2018. The survey will only take 2 or 3 minutes to complete. A paper copy is enclosed for those without internet access.

                            World community of Friends
                              This is a map from the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) showing where Friends are located around the world. If you are travelling, you can see at a glance if there are Friends where you are going. If there are, the contact details for the relevant FWCC Section Office are on the map. They will be able to give you contact details for the meetings and groups in their areas. The map will be put up in the Meeting House.
                              Further copies are available from the FWCC World Office, contact: kimb@fwcc.world if you would like one.

                              New on the website
                                Britain Yearly Meeting has launched a new blog, which you can find online at www.quaker.org.uk/blog. It will provide a place to explore a wealth of perspectives relating to our centrally-managed work and act as a spark for reflection, discussion and action, both online and off.

                                Mental health
                                  10am–4pm, Saturday 9 December, Friargate Quaker Meeting House, York, YO1 9RL
                                  The Retreat, the Quaker provider of mental health services based in York, is holding its first annual forum. The theme of the event is ‘Dementia...our shared journey’. The forum is open to all with an interest in dementia.
                                  Shirley Torrens, shirleytorrens1@gmail.com, 01782 750 689


                                  Spiritual practice
                                    A book about Quakers in conversation about religious difference is coming soon. It may help with our meeting’s spiritual preparation for Yearly Meeting 2018.
                                    Quaker
                                    Centre Bookshop, www.quaker.org.uk/resources/bookshop 020 7663 1030/1125, quakercentre@quaker.org.uk

                                    7. Sharing our treasures at Woodbrooke!
                                    17–19 November 2017, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
                                    How are we nourished and nurtured to live out our Quaker faith in the world? What keeps us grounded and feeds our inner lives? How do we tell our stories and share our experience with others: in our meetings and in our lives? Reflective, practical and experiential,
                                    this
                                    weekend will be an opportunity to explore and deepen our own spiritual practice. We will experience and experiment with ways of deepening our encounters and gain some ideas to help us share our life stories and Quaker journey with others. Led by Alistair Fuller, Gill Sewell and Caro Humphries.
                                    Bookings
                                    and details at https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/ something-to-be-treasured-something-to-be-shared
                                    Peace calendar
                                      Friends World Committee for Consultation and the Quaker Arts Network have created a beautiful calendar to celebrate the diverse peacemaking activities of Friends around the world, and to inspire and strengthen further witness.
                                      We hope that calendar sales will raise funds for FWCC in support of Quaker work, and also serve as inspiration and outreach. It has been designed as a wall calendar to hang in the meeting house, office or home, and would be a lovely gift for Friends or others this Christmas.




                                      For local Quaker news:  www.saffronquakers.org.uk;
                                      For national Quaker news go to www.quaker.org.uk