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 December 2017 Newsletter
As we come against the consumerism and strains of the season we could do well to reflect on the following Advices and Queries
26. Do you recognise the needs and gifts of each member of your family and household, not forgetting your own? Try to make your home a place of loving friendship and enjoyment, where all who live or visit may find the peace and refreshment of God’s presence.
41. Try to live simply. A simple lifestyle freely chosen is a source of strength. Do not be persuaded into buying what you do not need or cannot afford. Do you keep yourself informed about the effects your style of living is having on the global economy and environment?
Dates for your calendar for December
All through December our collections will be for the Quaker Homeless Action Christmas Shelter in Islington. Warm clothes, new underwear and toiletries are being collected and will be taken up to the shelter on December 22nd. Please leave bags of clothes etc. in the Long Room.

Sunday 3rd Local Meeting for Business. 12noon. All welcome.This is your opportunity to help to make the decisions affecting our Local Meeting. Business will include the budget for next year as well as the exciting possibility of a new website.
ALSO 6:30 at St Mary’s Annual  Churches Together Advent Carol Service.
Tuesday 5th 'What is... Coptic & Muslim, in Egypt' TBC, by Sheilah Girgis'Hanna (S/Walden, Anglican)
Interfaith group. 6.30 to 7.30/8pm in the R.C. Parish Hall, 2 Castle Street.

Wednesday 6th CHAT in the Tea room, 10.30 till 12.00 a chance to get to know each other over cuppa.
Sunday 10th Christmas Lunch at around 12.00 followed at 1.30 by Area Meeting for Business. 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 . There may also be music at some point. Attenders are most welcome to attend.
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. Please tell me Gill Parker, or one of the clerks if you would like to attend.
Help is needed with Christmas lunch and it would also be very helpful to know numbers. Please let our clerks Biddy Vousden or John Searle Barnes know if you can bring food or if you are coming. Family and friends who don’t normally come to Meeting for Worship are very welcome. We shall also be welcoming Friends from the other local meetings. A simple lunch of soup, bread and cheese will be provided plus any fruit, mince pies and nibbles you can provide. A collection for QHA will be taken.
Monday 11th The Healing group ( Friends Fellowship of Healing) will meet from 10 till 11.00am. in the Meeting House. Please note the new winter timing.
Sunday 24th Meeting for Worship as usual
Monday 25th Christmas Day. There will be a half hour Meeting for Worship at 10.30
Forward dates for January 2018
Tuesday 2th 'What is... No Religion' TBC, by Shawn Martin ('Inter Faith Group for NW Essex' Administrator), 2, Castle Steet 6.30 to 7.30
etc...
Wednesday 3rd CHAT in the Tea room 10.30 till 12.00
Thursday 18th Churches Together Agape Meal
Sunday 21st , The Churches Together annual Covenant Service at the Baptist Church

Children and young people

3 Dec Making global paper chain people. Continue collection for Children in Bhaktapur.
10 Dec
Christmas story, Quaker Homeless Action, Christmas lunch

 17 Dec Make lanterns for Christmas 

24 Dec – no formal CYPM (5th Sunday)
A new or visitor family can be met by a designated member of Meeting and introduced to the Long Room Resources and CYPM contact information
 
31 Dec – no formal CYPM (5th Sunday)
A new or visitor family can be met by a designated member of Meeting and introduced to the Long Room Resources and CYPM contact information
 
7 Jan Recycle activity and Green Quakers

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 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

          Have you signed up to the Quaker Life Network? If so this may be for you.

          5.Facilitators online network relaunched
          The Quaker Life Facilitators Network has been re-launched and we are encouraging those with experience to sign up. It is aimed at Quakers who already have some experience of facilitating and so
          might include teachers, trainers, facilitators, Kindlers, youth workers, JYM facilitators, Turning the Tide trainers etc. We will also use the group as a source for volunteers to go into local/area meetings and help facilitate sessions usually one-off, working in pairs and outside of your own area meeting community. Annual training will also be offered.
          Gill Sewell, gills@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1017 https://forms.quaker.org.uk/qlnfc

            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

                7. Woodbrooke courses for 2018
                Woodbrooke’s short course brochures are being sent out a little later this year but should arrive in the post before the New Year. Please note that during December Woodbrooke will be installing a new booking system and will have to suspend the online course
                booking facility for a short while during that period. More details will be available at www.woodbrooke.org.uk.
                You can still book places on courses either over the phone on 0121 472 5171 or by email at enquiries@woodbrooke.org.uk.

                8. Social concerns
                Quaker Housing Trust meeting housing need
                Quaker Housing Trust (QHT) is our yearly meeting’s own housing charity (Qf&p 8.15). We use Friends’ resources to help meet the needs of badly housed and otherwise homeless people in Britain. To mark fifty years of this practical witness we have published 12 new postcards. One is enclosed with this mailing. For the full set and more information about QHT, contact the Secretary.
                Paula Harvey, involveme@qht.org.uk, 020 7663 1036, www.qht.org.uk

                9.Grants
                QPSW Relief grant and
                Simmons grants
                Closing date 31 January
                QPSW Relief grants of up to £4,000 per year for a maximum of three years are available for projects both overseas and in the UK for peace-building, and addressing relief of people who are suffering as a result of social and economic deprivation, natural disasters, climate
                change, war or conflict but not immediate crisis relief. Simmons grants
                of about £1,500 for one year will be available to aid Quakers’ support
                / involvement in overseas projects helping rural young people become self-sufficient, or with a similar educational purpose. Projects need to be a concern of your local or area meeting.
                Ann Pfeiffer, annp@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1053


                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.

                Please send me dates for the January calendar by the 28th December.

                With best wishes for a happy Christmas
                Gill Parker


                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.




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                                    For national Quaker news go to www.quaker.org.uk