22.02 Our name, the Religious Society of Friends, suggests that we think of ourselves not only as Friends in the Truth, which the early Quakers saw themselves to be, but also a society of friends, prizing friendship highly and recognising its value for the religious life.
In our intimate relationships, as in the wider community of our meeting, openness to one another can open us to the Holy Spirit and enable us to acknowledge that of God in our own hearts and in those of our friends.
1994 revision committee.
Dates for February
Sunday 4th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30.The children come into Meeting for the first ten minutes of this meeting.
Wed 7th NOT CHAT. At the business meeting on 28th January, it was decided to lay CHAT down for the present as there wasn’t enough support.
Sunday 11th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30.
Monday 12th The Healing group (Friends Fellowship of Healing) will meet from 10 till 11.00am. in the Meeting House. Please note the winter timing.
Sunday 18th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 followed by Bring and Share lunch. Do stay if you can. It’s an opportunity to bring something to share and get to know each other better.
Wednesday 21st Lent Group 8 to 9pm at RC Church, ‘Matthew and the Cross’, led by Fr David Clemens
Sunday 25th Meeting for Worship at 10.30 followed by Quaker faith and practice Study group at 12 noon. Chapter 22 is the one to look at before you come. Which are your favourite pieces? No arranged Children’s Meeting this week.
Wednesday 28th 22nd Experiment with Light group in the Long Room, 10.30 till 12 noon.
Lent Group 8 to 9pm at URC ‘Mark and the Cross’, led by Rev. Caroline Vodden
Forward Date for March
Sunday 11th Area Meeting at Dunmow Meeting House, 12.45pm., preceded by Meeting for Worship at 10.30, followed by a light lunch provided by Dunmow Friends.
During the Area Meeting, there will be a talk given by Tatiana Garavito, the project co ordinator of ‘Sanctuary Everywhere’. We shall also be hearing impressions of the recent Sanctuary Everywhere’ conference in Brussels by Loes Reeve. As we are now a Sanctuary Meeting, do try and come and learn more about the project. I know it’s Mothering Sunday, You will be back in time for tea!
Children and Young People
Upcoming 2018 events for YP
BRITAIN YEARLY MEETING CHILDREN EVENTS 5-7 May
http://www.quaker.org.uk/events/cp2018 Bookings by 12 March
4 February Light and making a Lantern
11 February Recycle activity and Green Quakers
18 February People close to us
25 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
4 March Gift/card activity for Mothering Sunday (next Sunday 11th)
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Conference, gatherings and summer school
The keynote speaker at the QPSW Spring Conference will be Elsie Whittington. Her keynote title is “Awkwardness as activism: embracing vulnerability in love, activism and witness”. The Spring Conference theme is ‘Journeys of Witness’.
Booking deadline extended to 11 February!
Kristin Skarsholt, email@example.com, 020 7663 1121
Loes Reeve is attending this event and would love company. She will be driving there and happy to take others. Please think whether you could attend.
A reminder about Quaker Life and Woodbrooke’s partnership gatherings for Quaker role holders. We invite you to join us at one of three gatherings in 2018, see website for details:
www.quaker.org.uk/events/patterns-examples-2018-edinburgh www.quaker.org.uk/events/patterns-examples-2018-ashford www.quaker.org.uk/events/patterns-examples-2018-liverpool
Book to attend these valuable exploration days for Quaker role
holders at https://forms.quaker.org.uk/patterns-and-examples
Oliver Waterhouse, Quaker Life: 020 7663 1007, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhiannon Grant, Woodbrooke: 0121 4156 770, email@example.com
One of our young Friends attended this last year. Could it be for you this time?
The Quaker United Nations Summer School is in July 2018 an is open to any young people you know aged between 20 and 26 who may be interested in applying to go. The closing date for applications is 12 March 2018.
Helen Bradford, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1071
Meetings and mental health
The most recent copy of Friends Quarterly is in the Meeting House.
The theme of this edition is mental health with articles written by Quakers from a range of
Oliver Waterhouse, email@example.com, 020 7663 1007 for your own copy
6. New leaflet: Mental health in our meetings
Quaker Life has just published this new leaflet on mental health in
our meetings. It offers advice and guidance to help meetings respond when mental distress is present. It is a helpful resource for those with responsibility for eldership and oversight and useful for all Quakers to be aware of.
Available to download at: www.quaker.org.uk/documents/ mentalhealthinourmeetingsweb2018
To order more copies: QuakerCentre@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1030
Oliver Waterhouse, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1007
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 2018 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.
Angie Dunhill, email@example.com www.experiment-with-light.org.uk
Why not come to the Experiment with Light group at our own Meeting?
Grants are available for Quaker members and attenders continuing their education as mature students within the post-compulsory education sector, including vocational, further or higher education or continuing professional development. The grants are particularly
aimed at those studying to equip themselves to serve society and/or Quakers in Britain. Applicants should be in need of financial support to take the course and the course should be offered at a reputable institution within the UK. Please see the grant-making page of the
Quakers in Britain website: www.quaker.org.uk/our-work/grant-making/ adult-education
Closing date 30 April.
Ann Pfeiffer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1053
(Q-CAT) hopes to raise awareness of the continuing scourge that is torture in the world today, what Quakers can do about this problem and how to find out more and get involved. (Erratum: the word ‘use’ is missing at the end of ‘Quakers and Torture’ section in printed copy.)
For additional printed copies contact: email@example.com
There’s lots of information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. on these websites
Don’t forget to check out our national website too www.quaker.org.uk to find out more about national goings on.
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The next local newsletter will come out on or around the 28th February. Please let me know any dates or information you would like me to include. I have included below and as an attachment to this mail, the collections list for 2018 for your information.
Schedule of Collections 2018
January 7th Friends of Hlekweni
January 14th QAAD
January 21st Money for Madagascar
January 28th Central Work
February 4th Campaign Against the Arms Trade
February 11th The Retreat
February 18th Quaker Housing Trust
February 25th Central Work
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 22nd 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 22nd 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 30th 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