Saffron Walden February 2019 Newsletter

Advices & Queries 7
“Be aware of the spirit of God at work in the ordinary activities and experience of your daily life. Spiritual learning continues throughout life and often in unexpected ways. There is inspiration to be found all around us, in the natural world, in the sciences and arts, in our work and friendships, in our sorrows as well as our joys. Are you open to new light, from whatever source it may come? Do you approach new ideas with discernment?”
Some January Dates
Wednesday 30th at 7:30pm in SW Meeting House

Thursday 31st
Meeting for Worship of Friends in Christ 3.30 in the Catholic Church Hall

Dates for February

Saturday 2nd at Jesus Lane Meeting House, Cambridge FUNDRAISING EVENT
See below for details

Sunday 3rd Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am

Tuesday 5
th Interfaith Group in Catholic Church Hall, Theme: Oriental Festivals, The Year of the Pig
Wednesday 6th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am in the Long Room
Sunday 10th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Monday 11
th Distant Healing group. 10.00 am in the Long Room
Sunday 17th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by Bring and Share Lunch. Do stay and get to know one another better over lunch.
Sunday 24th Meeting for Worship 10.30 am No formal Children’s Meeting. Followed by Local Meeting for Business
28th February Meeting for Worship of Friends in Christ at 3.30 in the Catholic Church Hall.

Children’s Meeting themes in February

Sundays 3rd and 10th, Making cards using potato printing

17 February Cooking, shared lunch
 24 February – no formal CYPM (4th 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

More details Saturday 2nd February at Jesus Lane Meeting House, Cambridge
 7 pm    Quiche and Salad supper 8 pm    Slide show
 Suggested donation £5 in aid of Meeting House renovation.
 If you intend to come, it’s helpful for catering if you can let us know in advance – thanks!    tel 01638 604667

Friday 1st "World Day of Prayer" (previously the "Women's World Day of Prayer"). This service will be at the Community Church at 2:00 pm.

Saturday 2nd A Whole Meeting afternoon workshop led by Rhiannon Grant from Woodbrooke. With shrinking resources but lots of enthusiasm, an afternoon to consider how we can each contribute to our Meeting being an enriching spiritual community.
at Stansted Meeting House Nationwide Quaker Day of Healing It will follow the Experiment with Light Group which will be from 10.30 till 12, The Healing Day will be in the afternoon 12 -3.00pm. See attached poster

 Tuesday 5th The next Bible study will be 5th March at 15 Borough Lane and we will be continuing with John, Chapter 14. ‘
Thursday 7th Book Group in the long room at 7.30 to read ‘Miss Garnets Angel’ by Sally Vickers

Sunday 10th Area meeting at Dunmow meeting House 12.45

A date for April!
Saturday 6th at Saffron Walden Meeting House Area Meeting : Workshop on Having Difficult Conversations.
Sunday Collections for February

February 3rd Campaign Against the Arms Trade
February 10th The Retreat
February 17th Quaker Housing Trust
February 24th Central Work

DON’T FORGET to sign up for the Coffee Rota and the Flower rota!

Here’s a way to support our Quaker commitment against Climate Change Why not join?

Saffron Walden Against Climate Change (SWACC) was founded by mum-of-two Louise Yellowlees in early November and the group has nearly 200 members already.
Weekly coffee and monthly collaborative speaker events can be found at

There’s lots of information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. too on all these websites
Overseers can help with finance. Woodbrooke gives a £50 discount for first timers as well.

Please let me have items for the March newsletter by February 25th
Please also let me know if you would prefer not to receive this newsletter.

In Friendship and peace
Gill Parker 01799 550692

National Information
Children and young people

    10.30am 4.00pm, Saturday 2 March 2019, Friends House, London
    A day for Friends to come together to share stories and explore what it means to be an all age community.
    Online booking form: For more information contact:
    Mel Cook,, 020 7663 1014

      The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) is inviting all Friends to join as individuals or Meetings. Simply gather together at the same time wherever you are. For those who wish, you can connect online to a meeting for worship being held close to the European Commission. The meeting is neither pro- nor anti-Brexit, but recognises Brexit’s significance for many people.
      To register to connect with the online meeting on 29 March,
      More information can be found on the enclosed flyer.
      For more information, please email

      Spiritual life of the meeting
        Quaker Life recognises that for some Friends, Experiment with Light can be a powerful way of deepening their spiritual life. Experience has shown that the practice contributes best to the life of the meeting when it is undertaken in a group that is in the care of the meeting and supported by elders. In 2019 Experiment with Light Network offers opportunities for people with a range of experience of the practice.
        Friends can find out about the practice from a very basic level of understanding or, as a practitioner, might wish to be immersed in a 24-hour retreat, or local meetings might request a workshop.
          Saturday 2 March, 2019
          A core part of Quaker Life’s work is to support the deepening and enriching of the spiritual life of meetings. The Nationwide Quaker Day of Healing, organised by Friends Fellowship of Healing, is an opportunity for local and area meetings to focus on all our healing concerns. For more information go to: view/about/dayofhealing.aspx or contact

            12–14 April at Charney Manor, Oxfordshire 26–28 April at Glenthorne House, Cumbria
            New to Quakers? Want to explore Quaker Worship? These events, run by Quaker Quest, are ideal for people who know little or nothing about Quakers, and for those who have been around Quakers for a while and want to explore further.
            Treasurers should consider how to provide financial assistance.
            For Charney Manor, 01235 868206
            Glenthorne House,, 01539 435389

            Faith in action
              Do you want to be part of a creative, vibrant and radical Quaker response to the DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International), one of the world’s largest arms fairs? Roots of Resistance, a grassroots network of Quakers across the UK, are building a network of 100 Quakers in area meetings around the country who will help to find 10 more Quakers in their local area, interested in joining Roots

              of Resistance as they take action against DSEI this September. The network plans to have an unprecedented Quaker presence at DSEI, standing together against the arms fair and the global arms trade.

              For more information on getting involved, please sign up at:


                15-17 February 2019, High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire
                Places are still available for this event aimed at Quakers who are keen to reach out and help build dynamic welcoming Quaker communities. The event will be truly all age with everyone working creatively together throughout the weekend to share experience, ideas and inspiration.
                Some bursary assistance to help with travel may be available. Elizabeth Scott,, 020 7663 1121
                Clare and Gill are attending as Area Meeting representatives, but please join us as an individual Friend if you would like to.
                Help us with feedback
                  Have you attended a BYM event in the past few years? Please tell us about your experience of any BYM events you have attended, or tell us why you haven’t been able to attend. BYM hosts regular events for Friends to develop our thinking, encourage action on a variety of Quaker concerns and share experience among role holders. Your feedback will help us to develop events that are both relevant and accessible for you.
                  Please visit
                  to complete a short survey that should take no longer than 15 minutes. The survey will close on Monday 4 March 2019

                  A Quaker Day of Healing
                  Saturday 2nd March 2019
                  A continuous Quaker Meeting for Worship 
                  for Healing (silent  and vocal prayer)
                  from 12.00 to 3.00pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 

                  71, Chapel Hill, Stansted
                  Stay for as long as you wish. 

                  Feel free to ‘come and go’ at any time
                   with refreshment and comfort  breaks
                  Respect the silence within and beyond the meeting room.
                  Focus on a wide range of healing concerns including:-
                  Family and friends, our local community, 

                  National & International Events, All conflicts,

                  The Environment and ALL LIFE 
                  on our fragile planet.

                  ALL HEALING is LOVE IN ACTION


                  Trustees Report for 2017
                  Click for a copy of this report for our Thaxted Area. It will be transferred into your downloads folder.

                  National Events and information
                  Outreach Conference 2019
                  15-17 February 2019, High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire
                  Making Quakers well known and widely understood

         For more details: 020 7663 1017

                  Please let Gill or Biddy know if you would like to represent our Area meeting at this event

                  Children and young people
                  Volunteers needed for children and young people’s events in 2019. There are a variety of national events being planned for children and young people in 2019. These rely on the support of volunteers. Being on a team at a CYP event offers the chance to be part of a purposeful Quaker community, to develop skills and to make a difference to the lives of children and young people.Full details, including an online offer of service form, can be found at:

                  For paper copies of this information please contact:
                  Zawadzka,, 020 7663 1013
                  Offers are needed by the end of November 2018

                  Quaker United Nations Summer School
                  7–19 July 2019, Geneva
                  QUNO Geneva Summer School is for young people aged about 20 to 26 from all over the world who have a keen interest in
                  international affairs and the United Nations. It will be held for 12 days in July 2019 in Geneva.
                  Susan Sprague,, tel 00 41 22 748 4800
                  Deadline for applications 2nd January 2019
                  Application forms and more information are available from early November at:
                  Do you know anyone who would like to go? Gill

                  Resist the arms fair
                  Are you part of resisting the arms fair?
                  Roots of Resistance is the new network of Quakers dedicated to mobilising to stop the DSEI arms fair in 2019. The biggest Meeting for Worship outside Yearly Meeting in 2017 was held in protest outside DSEI. The aim is for 1,000 to stop the arms fair.
                  Roots of Resistance are looking for people to help mobilise Friends to oppose the DSEI arms fair in London 2019. No experience required!

                  Answering that of God in everyone: A diversity and inclusion national gathering
                  Woodbrooke 18-20 January 2019
                  A diverse and inclusive community where all are welcomed has been an ever present aspiration for Quakers. This conference aims to equip Friends to make it a reality.
                  Booking is now open for this event. Biddy has a flyer about this.
                  Please let Biddy or Gill know if you would like to represent us.

                  Full Schedule for the 2019 collection is being progressed:
                  Sunday Collections for February

                  February 3rd Campaign Against the Arms Trade
                  February 10th The Retreat
                  February 17th Quaker Housing Trust
                  February 24th Central Work