Saffron Walden April 2019 Newsletter

April Newsletter for Saffron Walden Quakers

Spring is Sprung!
‘We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures, and to seek to maintain the beauty and variety of the world. Work to ensure that our increasing power over nature is used responsibly, with reverence for life. Rejoice in the splendour of God’s continuing creation.’
Advice and Query number 42
April dates for your calendar
Tuesday 2nd
Interfaith Group in Catholic Church Hall, 6.30 to 7.30/8pm
ALSO the funeral of our member Erika Pearce will be held in Gt. Chesterford Parish Church 10.30 am.
Wednesday 3rd Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am in the Long Room
Saturday 6th All day workshop in the Meeting House, 10.00 till 4.00 ish. The topic is ‘Having Difficult Conversations. It’s free and there is still room. Let me know if you are coming. Bring your lunch and cake to share afterwards. Detailed information was attached to last month’s newsletter.
Sunday 7th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by a short Business Meeting to discern the way forward following our Eldership and Oversight day.
Monday 8th Distant Healing group. 10.00 am in the Long Room
Thursday 11th Bible study at 15 Borough Lane and we will be discussing John, Chapter 18.
Sunday 14th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am
Sunday 21
st 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.
Thursday 25th Meeting for Worship of Friends in Christ at 3.30 in the Catholic Church Hall.

Book Group in the Long Room at 7.30. The book will be ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ by Gail Honeyman
Sunday 28th Meeting for Worship 10.30 am No formal Children’s Meeting.

Saturday 11
th Experiment with Light Group at Stansted Meeting House, 10.30 till 12.00
Sunday 19
th Following Meeting for Worship, Local Meeting for Business at 12 noon.
Friday 24
th to Monday 17th It’sYearly Meeting! Have you registered yet?
Go to and follow the links.
There may be sessions arranged to help us to prepare for Yearly Meeting. If so I will let you know.
Children’s meeting Themes
7 April
Continuing sea life display
14 April
Garden and Troughs
21 April
Easter celebration
28th – 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
3 May to be announced

Collections for this month
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

Don’t forget to sign up for the coffee and flower rotas

Contact details for organisers of regular groups

      Other Local activities
      Churches Together Lent Talks 2019 all on Wednesdays 8pm ‘Women of the Gospel story’
      April 3rd at SW Community ChurchKatrina Thurlow: The woman caught in adultery’.
      April 10th at SW Meeting House Caroline Vodden: Pilgrimage and encountering the love of God ( based on her sabbatical on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela). We have been asked to provide the refreshments from 7.45
      Saffron Walden Group against Climate Change

      A way to support our Quaker commitment against Climate Change

      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 May newsletter by April 24th
      Please also let me know if you would prefer not to receive this newsletter.

      In Friendship and in Peace
      Gill Parker
      01799 550692

      National News and Events
      Children and young people

        Accompanying is a non-residential offer for 15–18s at Friends House in London during Yearly Meeting (YM). It includes attendance at YM and optional social activities out of session time.
        Do you have teenagers in your family, i.e.young people aged 15–18 (born between 1 September 2000 and 31 August 2003) Please encourage them to join in this initiative.
        Anyone can come to YM. However to participate in Accompanying, individuals need to book in advance.
        Aleks Zawadzka,, 0207 663 1013

        Young Friends General Meeting
          The latest issue of YFGM’s magazine ‘The Young Quaker’ can now be read online – please note that a print version is not being included in the monthly mailing this time. Offering readers a deep dive in the
          kaleidoscope of spirituality that defines our Young Quaker community, this issue explores what the spiritual means in modern Quakerism through poetry and prose:
          Faith Biddle,, 020 7663 1050

          2. Young Friends General Meeting gathering
          3– 6 May 2019, Liverpool Quaker Meeting House
          Please pass on this information to young people you know who may be interested.
          Young Friends General Meeting (YFGM) is a national community of young Quakers aged 18-35(ish). There are three gatherings a year in different meeting houses across the UK. Each gathering is a chance to cook and share meals together, explore the Quaker faith, hear from speakers within and beyond the community, and engage in Quaker business method to continue the running of the YFGM charity.
          To register and for further details, see the YFGM website at, where you can also find Documents in advance. Documents in advance two, with the full agenda will be available there shortly after the planning weekend at the end of March. You can also see updates on the facebook group page at
          For further information contact:, 0207 663 1050

          Peace work

            The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) is seeking participants to serve in Palestine and Israel for 3 months in 2020. Ecumenical Accompaniers provide protection by

            presence to vulnerable Palestinian communities, monitor human rights abuses, support Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, and advocate for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

            Expenses are covered and a living allowance and benefits offered.
            The closing date for applications is 23 April 2019.
            Apply at:

              As recipients of the Nobel peace prize in 1947, Quakers have the right to send a nomination each year to the Nobel committee in Oslo. If you or your meeting have a suggestion to offer for the 2020 award, please see the attached flyer to find out how you can get involved.
              The closing date for nominations is 1 June 2019.
              Philip Wood,, 020 7663 1071

              Climate justice

                Wednesday 26 June, Central London
                Save the date! Quakers in Britain will join people from across the UK for a mass lobby of Parliament to demand urgent action for our climate and environment. We’ll call for bolder climate targets, and
                a strong environmental policy. Join us on the day to meet with your MP. Details of the day to be confirmed. The lobby event will happen in the afternoon at Parliament. Friends are invited to join interfaith workshops in the morning at a nearby venue.
                To sign up and for more details, please contact: Chris Walker,, 020 7663 1047

                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 deadline for responses is 8 April 2019.

                  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

                  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!


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