Saffron Walden August 2018 Newsletter

We are not to know where we may be led and we may come to see that our hopes were for things way beyond our imagination... What is important is being faithful to the next step and knowing we take it not in our power but in God’s’.
Ben Pink Dandelion, ‘Living the Quaker Way’
Dates for August
Saturday 4th 2pm. Memorial Meeting in thanksgiving for the life of our dear Friend Margaret Slee.
The meeting will providing tea afterwards. Offers of help will be gratefully received. Chris Bainbridge is co ordinating the refreshments. Please contact her if you can bring cakes, scones, sandwiches etc. 01799 525590
Sunday 5th 10.30am Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting
Margaret Slee’s family invites you to Margaret’s home – French’s Farm, Campions End Hempstead CB10 2NZ on Sunday afternoon.
Please contact Bijon for instruction on how to find it. 01799 522411
Tuesday 7th 6.30 – 7.30 pm Interfaith group at 2 Castle Street. Our lady of Compassion RC church parish hall
Sunday 12
th 10.30 am Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting
Monday 13th 10.30 am. Distant Healing Group In the Long Room
Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th 12 to 5pm Chelmsford Meeting house, Rainsford Rd. CM1 2QL
’With a Tender Hand’, An exhibition of Quaker humanitarian initiatives in peace and war.’
Sunday 19th 10.30 am. Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting
Sunday 26th 10.30 am Meeting for Worship. No arranged Children’s Meeting this week.

Dates for September
Sunday 2nd 10.30am Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting followed at 12 noon by Local Meeting for Business.
Wednesday 5
th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am in the Long Room
Sunday 9th 10.30am Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting followed at
12.45 pm by Area meeting at Saffron Walden. The Meeting will follow a light lunch provided by Saffron Walden Friends.
Monday 10
th 10.30 am Distant Healing group. 10.30 in the Long Room
Sunday 16th 10.30 Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting also Heritage Open Day.
Saturday 22nd 2.30 pm. Memorial Meeting to give thank for the life of our dear Friend Judith Effer. Tea will follow. You will be asked for contributions of food or help nearer the time!
Sunday 23rd 10.30 Meeting for Worship, no arranged children’s meeting.
Friday 28th Book Group in the Waitrose cafe. 2.00 pm. The book is ‘ My Brilliant Friend’ by Elena Ferranti
It’s Quaker Week Saturday 29
th to Sunday 7th October!
Saturday 29th 10.00 to 12.00 noon. Cake and Information Stall outside Boots as part of Quaker Week. Cakes and help will be needed.
Regional Gathering at Bury St Edmunds Meeting House. The speaker will be Ben Pink Dandelion.
Sunday 30th 10.30 Meeting for Worship, no arranged children’s meeting.
Advance notice of two talks in October in association with Quaker week
Friday 5th Talk by the Recording Clerk Paul Parker and member of this Meeting of course. ‘Still Time for God?’
Friday 12th 7pm. Talk by Andy Davy, Ecumenical Accompanier.

Children and Young People
 5 Aug Summer hols crafts, games, books

 12 Aug Summer hols crafts, games, books
19 Aug Cooking and Shared Lunch
26 Aug - no formal CYPM (4th Sunday )
A new or visitor family can be welcomed by a designated member of Meeting and introduced to the Long Room Resources and CYPM contact information
Revision of the Book of Discipline Young people are needed on the Revision group. Could this be you or a young person you know? Don’t be shy about putting a name forward.
See below for more information. Names need to be submitted by 1st September
Woodbrooke Courses which might interest you
Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th October – Caring for One Another
Monday 22nd to Friday 16th November – online course, Spiritual Practices for Everyday
Monday 29th October to Wednesday 31st October – Friends to the End: Accompanying Dying Friends
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th February – A Friendly Introduction to membership

Help is available towards the costs of courses. Please talk to one of the overseers, John Evans, Nasreen Saxton or Mary Scott
There’s lots more information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. too on these websites
The next newsletter will come out on or about 30
th August. Please let me have dates etc before then. Thanks
In Friendship Gill Parker
01799 550692
KEEP READING – more below

National Information
Interfaith and interchurch
Would you be interested in going to this conference on our behalf? Please tell your clerk or myself

    Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations & Woodbrooke Joint Conference
    8–10 March, 2019
    QCCIR ask AM nominations to appoint to this conference which will explore themes relating to Quaker engagement with ecumenical and interfaith matters and Friends’ relationships with other Christian Churches and faith groups. The focus for the weekend is being planned by QCCIR and Woodbrooke staff. More details will be
    available at and the full brochure available in the autumn. Names of nominated Friends should be sent to:
    Graham Spackman, Tutors: Members of QCCIR with Timothy Ashworth

    Workshop and conference
    1. Faith in the media
    10.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday 1 September, Friends House, London
    A one-day workshop to learn to use the media and social media to share Quaker faith in action. Sharpen skills in social media to attract new Friends to your meeting. Find out what journalists need from you.
    With Jon Martin (outreach marketing officer) and Anne van Staveren (media officer) for BYM.
    Anne van Staveren,, 07958 009703

    Exploring Quaker Chaplaincy, it may be for you!
    7–9 September 2018, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
    This may be for you! Whether you are considering or starting Quaker chaplaincy work or you have years of experience, at this weekend you will be able to reflect on your work, share your experiences, ideas and insights, and come away refreshed.
    Are you considering becoming a Quaker chaplain in hospital, prison, school or university or in any other work or community setting? Come to discover ways to develop your chaplaincy role and an opportunity for sharing, supporting and developing your ministry.
    Book with Woodbrooke:
    For more information about Quaker chaplaincy:
    Marleen Schepers,, 020 7663 1143

      By 1 September
      Central Nominations Committee is looking for Friends to serve on the committee which will rewrite the Book of Discipline (Quaker Faith

      & Practice). We do not want to miss Friends across Britain who are not known to us. They could be younger, less confident Friends. Or a stalwart member of your meeting who would never presume to put

      their name forwards. In all cases they will be well grounded Quakers, with a deep understanding of Quakerism.
      We ask you to put the names of those Friends forward. You can do this as an individual Friend or as a meeting.
      Please email with the Friend’s name and their AM or worship group.
      You can also fill in the form at:

      Find out more about what is going on Nationally by exploring the Quaker website at
      or find out about Quakers in our area

      Peace: opportunities for action

      1. Recruiting for 2 QPSW UK based peaceworkers
      One year fixed term contracts with UK peace organisations starting in
      September 2018 Opportunity to work in a UK peace organisation for a year, funded by QPSW, on issues including addressing the roots of conflict, innovative work on nuclear weapons and militarism especially in schools.
      If chosen you’ll be offered a place with an organisation which we think
      matches your skills.
      1. Seeking Ecumenical Accompaniers human rights monitors
      We are recruiting Ecumenical Accompaniers to serve in the West Bank and Israel in 2019 for 3 months’ service.
      The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) provides protection by presence, monitors human rights abuses, supports Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and advocates for an end to the occupation.
      For more information and to download an application pack please check our website:

      Climate action
        Quaker Peace & Social Witness and Friends across the country are calling on the UK government to tackle climate change. To do this, we want to know what parliament thinks about climate policy. We’re asking Friends to help us do this by writing to their MP and sharing
        responses with us. If you can help, visit the climate justice page on the Quaker website at, where we have provided more information and some guidance questions. If you’d like support to engage with your MP, or to take action on climate change, please contact Chris Walker using the details below.
        Chris Walker,, 020 7663 1047


        1. Churches Together in England 2018
        Our clerk has been sent a leaflet from Churches Together in England (CTE) giving a brief description of who they are and the work of the body in 2018. Britain Yearly Meeting is in membership of CTE along with Cytûn Churches Together in Wales, and Action by Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS). The Committee which looks after these working relations is Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations.
        Marigold Bentley,, 020 7663 1060

        1. Talking Friends
        Is there anyone in your meeting who is visually impaired or finds it difficult to read for other reasons? If so, you can help them to access Quaker publications such as the Friend, Quaker News and Friends Quarterly. A subscription to Talking Friends will give them audio recordings produced by volunteers at half the price of the printed publications. See the flyer in the meeting House for further information.
        Contact Alan Johnson, 0121 476 0217,
        As usual there’s lots of information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. on these websites
        Don’t forget to check out our national website too to find out more about national goings on.
        If you would be interested in receiving the National Outreach newsletter
        Quake! please go to:-

        Schedule of collections:

        March 4th Water Aid
        March 11th Friends’ Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
        March 18th Young Friends’ General Meeting
        March 25th Central Work

        April 1st Practical Action
        April 8th Peace Museum, Bradford
        April 15th Vacation Bible School
        April 22
        nd Medical Aid for Palestine
        April 29th Central Work

        May 6th Christian Aid
        May 13th Christian Aid
        May 20th Friends’ Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
        May 27th Central Work

        June 3rd Quaker Bolivia Education Fund
        June 10th QSA
        June 17th QSA
        June 24th Central Work

        July 1st Glebe House
        July 8th Brummana High School
        July 15th Quaker Congo Partnership
        July 22
        nd Quakers in Criminal Justice
        July 29th Central Work

        August 5th Quaker Concern Against Torture
        August 12th Friends’ Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
        August 19th Quaker Tapestry
        August 26th Central Work

        September 2nd Citizens Advice, Saffron Walden
        September 9th Corymeela Community
        September 16th Quaker International Centre, Ramallah
        September 23rd Friends’ House, Moscow
        September 30
        th Central Work

        October 7th Friends’ Housing Bursary
        October 14th Quaker Bolivia Link
        October 21st Friends’ Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
        October 28th Central Work

        November 4th QCEA
        November 11th Quaker Service Belfast
        November 18th Money for Madagascar
        November 25th Central Work

        December 2nd ` Peaceways
        December 9th QHA
        December 16th QHA
        December 23rd QHA
        December 30th Central Work