It’s Quaker Week 29th September to 7th October
‘Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.’
George Fox 1656
Trustees Report for 2017
Click for a copy of this report for our Thaxted Area. It will be transferred into your downloads folder.
September Saturday 29th Cake, Produce and Quaker Information stall outside Boots. 10.00 am to 12 noon.
Please bring your goodies to the long Room upstairs in the Meeting House on Friday. Clare and I will price them late afternoon or you can bring them to the stall. Please tell Clare or Karl if you can help on the stall.
Friday 5th October Paul Parker will be talking on ‘Still Space for God?’ 7.30pm. in the Meeting House.
Click for Poster
Please bring your non- Quaker friends along so they can find out what we are about. One to one is the best way to get people to come.
There is also a flier attached to this newsletter. Paper copies and posters are in the Meeting House. Come and take some and publicise the event.
Sunday 7th October. It’s World Quaker Day. Why not do some research and find out about Quakers worldwide?
Click on www.fwcc.world to get on your way.
Other Dates for October
Tuesday 2nd October Interfaith Group 6:30pm – 7:30/8pm, ‘Our Lady of Compassion’ Parish Hall, 2 Castle Street, Saffron Walden. ‘What is God calling me to?’ by Rev’d Alex Jeewan, Team Vicar, Cam Valley Churches
Wednesday 3rd Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am in the Long Room
Sunday 7th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Monday 8th 10.00 am Distant Healing group. 10.30 in the Long Room
Sunday 14th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Wednesday 17th UNA lecture ‘ The successes and Failures of the UN.’ Dr Luke Cooper, Senior lecture, Social science, Anglia Ruskin University. 7.30 pm at SWCH, Saffron Screen hall Free Admission
The whole calendar of events on the Theme ‘Striving for peace’ 1918 -2018 – 100 years on is on the main noticeboard in the Meeting House.
Sunday 21st Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by Bring and Share Lunch. Bring some food and come and get to know each other better over lunch.
Sunday 28th Meeting for Worship, no arranged children’s meeting this week.
Collections for the coming month
Oct 7th Friends Housing Bursary
Oct 14th Quaker Bolivia Link
Oct 21st Friends Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
Oct 28th Central Work
Children and Young People
7 October White Poppy-Making workshop. World Quaker Day.
14 October Continue with White Poppies
21 October Cooking or Trough planting. Shared Lunch.
28 October – 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 November To be announced
Young Friends General Meeting
If you would like to order postcards for your meeting, please email the
Faith Biddle, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1050
Children and young people
A new resource has been created – Engaging with schools – to support Friends and Quaker meetings working with schools and other groups of children and young people visiting the meeting house.
To order a printed copy: email@example.com, 020 7663 1013
Reminders to book
Quaker Activist Gathering 2018
Saturday 3 November, 10am to 4pm, Lancaster Quaker Meeting House
It will be a day to make connections, build common cause, and deepen our action.
More info and book: www.quaker.org.uk/events/quaker-activist-gathering-2018
Quaker Mental Health Forum – Young people and mental health Saturday 3 November, 10am to 4pm, The Priory Rooms, Birmingham Book at: http://bit.ly/mental-health-forum-2018
Contact: Alison Mitchell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07483 028 490
Quaker Youth Work Conference
Saturday 10 November, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
A conference for those running events for young Quakers aged 11+.
Book by 28 October at www.quaker.org.uk/events/quaker-youth-work-conference-2018 Info: Lucy Sam, email@example.com, 0207 663 1160
Conferences, events and courses
The QPSW Spring Conference will be held in March 2019. The conference is an ideal way for new Friends and attenders to find out about the work QPSW does on behalf of Friends and how they can get involved. Staff from various programmes of work will be present and are happy to talk to Friends outside the workshop and plenary sessions to answer questions. Come and share your stories!
Please let Biddy or myself know if you would like to go. Your expenses will be paid as you will be representing our Area Meeting.
and treasurers. How can we make our meetings run better, keeping
them grounded in our faith while meeting our legal obligations? See flyer for further details. There will be time to network and discuss matters of direct relevance to you and your meeting. Area meetings are encouraged to send the treasurer and a trustee.
Andrew McVicar, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1119 www.quaker.org.uk/events/trustees2019
Please tell me ( Gill Parker) if you can go for us
8–10 March 2019, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
Ecumenical and interfaith work can bring moments of breakthrough and challenges. We will explore the spiritual depth in such moments.
What helps moments of openness and insight? How do we face and deal with barriers of substantial difference? We will bring such reflections together with examples of practical work on the ground, making use of current Quaker interfaith and ecumenical activity.
For those nominated, please book online at
This year Britain Yearly Meeting and Quakers around the country are busy in witness for climate justice. There are several opportunities to get involved coming up, including faithful witness against fracking near Blackpool, training in Manchester, and things to do from your desk at home.
Please ask Biddy or John for further details or contact: Ben Foley, email@example.com, 020 7663 1050
I will be preparing the next newsletter on Tuesday October 30th. Please let me have any notices you would like included by then. Thanks.
In Friendship Gill (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01799 550692)
National News and Events
If you’re in London...
Sara Barnard in conversation for Quaker Week
Join us on 2 October at the Quaker Centre Bookshop from 6.30pm where author Sara Barnard will talk about how her Quaker faith inspires her work. For more information or for those outside London, please visit https://quaker-week18.eventbrite.co.uk.
Gatherings and conference
A diversity and inclusion national gathering
18–20 January 2019, Woodbrooke
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, offering keynote speeches, workshops, opportunities for informal discussion and all-age worship, all as discreet standalone sessions. We will explore diversity in a variety of forms, including race and ethnicity, class, age, sexuality and gender, in an intersectional way. Prepare to be challenged and inspired.
email@example.com, 0207 663 1148
An action-focused day for Quakers who identify as activists, framed in worship. It will be a day to build common cause, explore the Quaker aspect of our actions, and discover how we can work more effectively.
Meet other Quakers, learn how Quaker Peace & Social Witness staff can support your activism, and develop your skills.
Book here: www.bit.ly/QuakerActivistGathering2018 Ben Foley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1056
This conference will bring together a range of excellent speakers on this important topic and will end with a ‘What do we do next?’ session to discuss some practical action points. Places are limited and the conference will be open to the public, so please apply soon.
Book at: email@example.com or
Q-CAT 79 Wellington Road, New Brighton, CH45 2NE
Ben Foley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1056
Children and young people
An invigorating event for 15- to 21-year-olds. Participants will develop confidence, understanding and skills alongside considering how to engage with Quaker aspects of facilitation.
There are still spaces available. Closing date 7 October. Cat Waithaka, email@example.com, 020 7663 1011 www.yqspace.org.uk/FL2018
The Quaker Pilgrimage for 12- to 15-year-olds provides an opportunity for young Quakers to follow in the footsteps of George Fox and other early Quakers alongside their peers. We will be visiting sites such as Pendle Hill, Firbank Fell, and Swarthmoor Hall. There will also be time for worship, games, activities and reflection on the day’s experiences.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1013
A date for your diaries – Would you be interested in attending this for us?
All-age outreach conference
15–17 February, High Leigh
An invitation to AMs and Quaker Recognised Bodies to appoint those active in all forms of outreach to attend the all-age conference in February. This could be individuals or families involved in Quaker outreach in any form.
Kristin Skarsholt is available for questions at email@example.com
Other National Information
Interfaith and interchurch
Would you be interested in going to this conference on our behalf? Please tell your clerk or myself
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 www.woodbrooke.org.uk and the full brochure available in the autumn. Names of nominated Friends should be sent to:
Graham Spackman, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com, 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: www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/exploring-quaker-chaplaincy
For more information about Quaker chaplaincy:
Marleen Schepers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1143 www.quaker.org.uk/chaplaincy
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 email@example.com 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 www.quaker.org.uk
or find out about Quakers in our area www.saffronquakers.org.uk
Peace: opportunities for action
- Recruiting for 2 QPSW UK based peaceworkers
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.
- Seeking Ecumenical Accompanier's – human rights monitors
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: www.quaker.org.uk/applyeappi
responses with us. If you can help, visit the climate justice page on the Quaker website at www.quaker.org.uk/climatejustice, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1047
- Churches Together in England 2018
Marigold Bentley, email@example.com, 020 7663 1060
- Talking Friends
Contact Alan Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org 0121 476 0217, www.talkingfriends.org.uk
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 www.quaker.org.uk 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 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