Saffron Walden September 2018 Newsletter
‘The Truth is one and the same always, and though ages and generations pass away, and one generation goes and another comes, yet the word and power and spirit of the living God endures for ever, and is the same and never changes.’
QF&P 19.61 Margaret Fell
Dates for September
It’s going to be a busy few weekends Friends. We will need your help please with food and washing up! Please let Biddy Vousden, our clerk know how you can join in.
Sunday 2nd 10.30am Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting
Local Meeting for Business, beginning at 12 noon.
We will be considering among other items, the arrangements for Quaker week; possible actions regarding the displaced Chagossian islanders and four testimonies to the Grace of God as shown in the lives of members who have died in the last few months. You are invited to join in the business side of being a Quaker.
Tuesday 4th Interfaith group 6.30 to 7.30 pm in RC parish hall, 2 Castle St. All welcome
Wednesday 5th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am in the Long Room
Sunday 9th 10.30am Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting followed at
Area meeting at Saffron Walden at 12.45
Among other items we will be considering
Issues of Truth and Integrity in the World. Do come and add your voice to our deliberations.
The Meeting will follow a
light lunch provided by Saffron Walden Friends.
Monday 10th 10.00 am Distant Healing group. 10.30 in the Long Room
Saturday 15th Woodbrooke on the Road!!
At SW Meeting House. 9.45 to 4.15, Exploring Quaker Spirituality and Practice’ led by Stuart Masters, from Woodbrooke
All welcome. Newer members and attenders will find this day especially helpful
See the programme below. Come and be renewed and refilled. Stuart is an excellent and engaging speaker. An event not be missed.

Sunday 16th 10.30 Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting followed by Bring and Share lunch and Heritage Open Day. Our Meeting House will be open to visitors over lunchtime.
Saturday 22nd 2.30 pm. Memorial Meeting to give thanks for the life of our dear Friend Judith Effer. Tea will follow. You will be asked for contributions of food and/or help nearer the time!
Sunday 23rd 10.30 Meeting for Worship, no arranged children’s meeting.
Friday 28
th Book Group in the Waitrose cafe. 2.00 pm. The book is ‘ My Brilliant Friend’ by Elena Ferranti
It’s Quaker Week Saturday 29th 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.
(ALSO Regional Gathering at Bury St Edmunds Meeting House. The speaker will be Ben Pink Dandelion. You could catch the afternoon session after selling and buying cakes.)
Sunday 30th 10.30 Meeting for Worship, no arranged children’s meeting.
Friday 5th October Public talk and Q& A session led by the Recording Clerk Paul Parker and member of this Meeting of course with the theme ‘Still Time for God?’ Click for Poster
We hope you will bring your non-quaker friends to this. There will be fliers for you to hand out soon.
Sunday 7 October It’s World Quaker Day. You might like to consider how you might celebrate sustainable living on World Quaker Day!
A forward date:
Saturday 27th October there will be a ‘Kindlers’ workshop at Stansted Meeting House. More details next month
Friday 9th NOVEMBER, possible musical event in the Meeting House, by Joanna Eden.
Don’t forget all those lovely courses you could attend during the coming months!
I will be compiling the next newsletter on 25th September. Please let me have any dates you would like included, by then.
In Friendship
Exploring Quaker Spirituality and Practice
 Saturday 15 September, Thaxted Area Meeting
 What is Quaker spirituality all about and how does it speak to us today? What is distinctive about Quaker faith and its practices? In our day together we will explore central elements of Quaker spirituality, including: the founding experiences and understandings of early Friends; silence, worship and vocal ministry; corporate discernment; and the link between our inward spiritual experiences and our lives in the world.
Tutor: Stuart Masters coordinates Woodbrooke’s onsite course programme and leads courses exploring the Quaker way and its relationship to other traditions.
Arrivals and Welcomes (09:45-10:00)
 Opening Worship (10:00-10:15)
Session One (10:15-11:00)
 The Foundations of Quaker Spirituality: The Experience of Early Friends
 Quick Break (11:00-11:10)
Session Two (11:10-12:10)
 Minding the Light: Exploring Worship in the Manner of Friends
 Shuffle Break (12:10-12:15)
Session Three (12:15-13.00)
 Vocal Ministry – “Only speak if you can improve the silence.”
 Lunch (13:00-14:00)
Session Four (14:00-15:00)
 A Gathered People - Corporate Discernment and Decision-Making
 Quick Break (15:00-15:10)
Session Five (15:10 - 15:55)
 Silence and Witness – Letting our lives speak
 Closing Worship (15:55-16:10)
 Evaluation and Departures (16:10-16:15)
 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

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., 0207 663 1148

      10am-4.30pm, 3 November 2018, Lancaster Quaker Meeting House
      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: Ben Foley,, 020 7663 1056
        10.30am–4.30pm, 3 November 2018, Friends House, London
        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: or
        Q-CAT 79 Wellington Road, New Brighton, CH45 2NE

        Economic Justice
          End Hunger week will be 13–20 October 2018. As part of it there is a petition calling on the Prime Minister to fix notices, ask Universal Credit, so as to prevent people going hungry in this country. Individual Quakers are asked to sign the petition. There are further action ideas and sources of information provided.
          Ben Foley,, 020 7663 1056

          Children and young people
            Friday 19 Sunday 21 October 2018, Woodbrooke
            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,, 020 7663 1011
              19–22 October, Yealand, Lancaster
              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:, 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

              Other 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 Accompanier's human rights monitors
                  We are recruiting Ecumenical Accompanier's 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
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                    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