Saffron Walden December 2019

‘Remember your responsibility as citizens for the government of your town and country, and do not shirk the effort and time this may demand. Do not be content to accept things as they are, but keep an alert and questioning mind. Seek to discover the causes of social unrest, injustice and fear; try to discern the new growing points in social and economic life. Work for an order of society which will allow men and women to develop their capacities and will foster their desire to serve.’ Advices 1964
Special notice. All through December we will be collecting for the Quaker Homeless Action Open Christmas, although the first Sunday will be a special collection for our Friends in Bhaktapur to help provide food and clothes for their elderly and the children as well as Christmas gifts . More information about QHA below.
Dates for December
Sunday 1
st Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am ALSO at 6.30pm Churches Together Advent Service at St Mary’s
Wednesday 4th Experiment with Light group, 10.30 am. in the Long Room
Thursday 8th Election Hustings in the Baptist Church. 7.30, see attached poster
Sunday 8th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed at 12.45 by Area Meeting at Stansted Meeting House. Please let Jane Mitchell or Sue Moloney know if you would like lunch. 01279 503024 or 01279 771405
Monday 9
th Distant Healing group. 10.00 am in the Long Room
Saturday 14th Experiment with Light group at Stansted 10.30 till 12.00. Please note this group will meet every month from now on.
pastedGraphicSunday 15th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting 10.30 am followed by singing and Christmas Lunch Come and share a simple meal with other Friends. Please let the clerks, Biddy and John know how many people you will be bringing and add to the meal with fruit, mince pies or other jollies.
Sunday 22nd Meeting for Worship 10.30 am No organised Children’s Meeting this Sunday, Parents and children are welcome to use the Long Room.
!Christmas Day! A half hour Meeting for Worship from 10.30 am.
Sunday 29
th Meeting for Worship 10.30 am No organised Children’s Meeting this Sunday, Parents and children are welcome to use the Long Room.

Quaker Open Christmas
In 2019 they will be returning to the american church on tottenham court road…After the success of 2018’s Christmas shelter they have been invited back to the American Church. This central London location is on the border of Camden and Westminster and sees a lot of street homelessness. They will be open to guests from 3pm on 23 December to 10am on 30 December.
They are looking for good quality donations of the following:
  • Men’s clothing - particularly jeans, trainers and jumpers
  • Towels - any size but the larger the better
  • Toiletries - tooth paste and toothbrush, shower gel, shaving kits, baby wipes
Please visit their website if you would like to know more or volunteer to help
Please bring your practical gifts to the MH by Tuesday 19th at the latest, when they will be taken to London . (They should be put upstairs in the Long Room, NOT against the heaters.)
Collections for December
December 1st ` Friends’ Church in Bhaktapur, Nepal
December 8th Quaker Homeless Action Open Christmas
December 15th QHA
December 22nd QHA
December 29th Central Work

Don’t forget to sign up for the coffee and flower rotas
Contact details for organisers of regular groups

Dates for Local Meetings for Business in 2020
Sunday 26th January
Sunday 29
th March
Sunday 17
th May
Sunday 19
th July
Sunday 27
th September
Sunday 29
th November

The new Brochure for Woodbrooke courses is out and paper copies should be in the Meeting House soon. Or you can book online of course. Lots of exciting courses on offer.
Overseers can help with finance. Woodbrooke gives a £50 discount for first timers as well.

Preparing for the election on December 12th
Come to the hustings at the Baptist Church on Thursday Dec 5th. 7.00 for 7.30pm. See the attached poster for more details. Please advertise it by putting up the poster. Offers of help for stewarding needed. Please tell Biddy or John if you can help.
Don’t forget to send in your questions. For ideas on Quaker themes please go to the web site

Dates for January
Wednesday 22nd Bible Study group. Having rushed past the 'begats', the group will  go to Genesis 21 and onwards. the time will probably change to the afternoon to make it easier for people to attend in the winter.

Friday 24
th at 7.30pm Agape Meal
It is the turn of Saffron Walden Quakers to host the annual Churches Together Agape Meal next year. This is usually attended by about 50 people so it will need a team of volunteers to organise it. Chris Bainbridge has agreed to coordinate a team to prepare and serve food. John Capper will be responsible for preparing the Meeting Room for the meal. Elders will be responsible for the readings between courses. Please let Chris know if can help.

Wednesday 29th 7.30pm at Saffron Walden County High School. United Nations Association David Owen will speak in the Boatman Centre.  This follows on from the success of a series of lectures last year which captured the imagination of many people in the town.  His preliminary theme is “Global Britain”.

Events at Congenies in the South of France in 2002
Please see the attached poster for details .

Children and Young People

1 December Make card mobile for Quaker children in Bhaktapur, Nepal
 8 December Christmas Decorations and Quaker Homeless Action
 15 December Exploring Quaker young people websites. Shared Lunch (Christmas donation)
22 December No formal Children’s Meeting. 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.
 29 December – no formal CYPM (5th 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.
And see calendar wall poster on hallway board.

Children and Young People National Events

  1. Young People’s Event
6–8 March, 202 Dunfield House, Herefordshire
A weekend of community building and exploration for young people aged 13-17. Cost £125. Bursary help available.
To book:
Aleks Zawadzka,, 0207 663 1013

  1. Philosophy for Communities Family Weekend
21–23 February 2020, Woodbrooke
for Communities Family weekend, all ages discussing life’s big questions together and having fun.,uk, 020 7663 1160

Young adults
3. Young Friends General Meeting
21–23February 2020, Friargate Meeting House, York
YFGM is open to Young Friends or the Young and Quaker Curious, 18-30(ish). Registrations opens mid January 2020.
If interested please email


I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter and are busy thinking about all the things you can be involved in. Information and dates etc for the January newsletter need to be with me by the end of December if they are to be included
Please also let me know if you would prefer not to receive this newsletter.

In Friendship and in Peace
Gill Parker
01799 550692

National Events, Courses and Conferences

Quaker Youth Work Conference
28 March 2020, Sheffield Meeting House
Networking and learning day for all involved in Quaker youth work,
i.e. link group, teenage meeting, summer
events. Free with lunch. To book
Acton,, 020 7663 1160

Singing Workshop
25 January 2020, Friends House, London
Leonora Davies and Elena Browne for a day at Friends House as we explore how to use singing in children’s meeting, all age worship and beyond. This is an event for all ages. Those under 18 will need to come with an adult who will be responsible for them during the day.
cost is £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s. A packed lunch will be provided.
To book your place, please complete the online form at:
Zawadzka,, 0207 663 1013

Volunteers needed for children & young people’s events 2020
Being on a team at a children or young people’s event gives Quakers the chance to be part of a purposeful Quaker community, to develop skills, to contribute to Quakers in Britain and to make a difference to the lives of children and young people.
details of the events planned for 2020, what is involved for volunteer team members and how to offer service, can be found on the website
of service are requested by the end of December 2019.
Zawadzka,, 0207 663 1013
Could you be a volunteer, or know someone else who might be interested?

Support for meetings
A day retreat for Quakers who work in mental health
10.30am-4pm, 29 February 2020
Edgbaston Meeting House, Birmingham
day of worship, reflection, sharing, connections and gentle activities. There is no charge for the day – but please book a place. There will be lunch and you will be asked to pay on the day for this.
Would you be interested in this? We would pay your expenses.
To book, vist For more information contact
Alison Mitchell

Major conference on Christian and spiritual peacemaking
Saturday 25 April 2020, Maria Fidelis Catholic School, London
Network of Christian Peace Organisations, of which Quaker Peace and Social Witness is an active member, is holding a major conference on Christian and spiritual peacemaking next year. The conference, whose provisional title is “Prophets and Reconcilers”, will take place on Saturday 25 April at the Maria Fidelis Catholic School in London. We are encouraging local and area meetings to send delegations to the conference to take part in it and to help make it a Please let me know if you would like to attend this for our Local or Area Meeting.
For more information please contact Daniel Jakopovich,

Sustainability Online Conference with Friends worldwide
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) World Office is hosting an online conference with friends worldwide to gather a collective Quaker voice on sustainability. The conference will hear from speakers and will be followed by two hours of worship sharing.
in on Saturday 22 February 2020. Register on our eventbrite link via our website at
you have any questions, email

QPSW Spring Conference 2020 Journeys of Witness
20–22 March 2020, The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire
Peace and Social Witness works with and on behalf of Quakers in Britain to turn our faith into action. This is an inspiring and inspiriting weekend and you will meet Friends from across Britain and hear about a range of QPSW work, including climate justice, learning from peace activists in East Africa and work in Israel and Palestine.
Keynote speakers will be Esther Leighton and Sam Donaldson.
Please let me, Biddy Vousden or John Searle Barnes know if you can go for us., 020 7663 1142
Peace Education
Register now for online peace education course
13 January 23 February 2020
QPSW and Woodbrooke are delivering a six week online course in peace education starting in January. If you are interested in supporting children/young people as peacemakers in their communities, this course is for you. Through a combination of videos, online activities and webinars, we will model a range of peace education approaches and the underpinning ideas. Course costs £36 and requires around
18-20 hours of flexible learning over 6 weeks.
Register at: Isabel Cartwright,, 020 76631087 or
Ellis Brooks 020 76631009
QUNO Summer School Quaker United Nations summer school
5-16 July
Applications are now open for the Quaker United Nations summer school in 2020.
Application forms and more information are available from:
or email
Closing date for applications 15 January 2020