Saffron Walden Quakers
Newsletter for March 2018
“ I do not know the course I am to run, all is hid in mystery, but I try to do right in everything....Look up to true religion as the very first of blessings, cherish it, nourish it and let it flourish and bloom in my heart; it wants taking care of, it is difficult to obtain. I must not despair or grow sceptical if I do not always feel religious. I felt God as it were, and I must seek to find him again.”
Elizabeth Fry 1797. Quaker faith &practice 26.40
We had sad news this week. I’m sorry to have to tell you that our dear Friend Angela Pivac lost her struggle with cancer and died on Tuesday evening 20th February. I know you will want to hold Mark and his family close in your hearts during this sad time. The funeral arrangements are as follows:
There will be a Quaker Funeral Meeting for Worship after the manner of Friends, followed by a green burial on Tuesday 13th March at 2.30 pm at Barton Glebe Woodland Burial Ground, Cambridgeshire.
The provisional date for a Memorial Meeting will be Saturday 12th May in the afternoon.
Dates for March
Friday 2nd Womens World Day of Prayer service, United Reformed Church. Tea/coffee from 10:30 am; service at 11:00 am.Men as well as women welcome!
Saturday 3rd 2nd Nationwide Quaker Day of Healing. 11am to 3pm. Although nothing has been organised in our Area Meeting, you may like to join Quakers nationwide in a Meeting for Worship during that time just where you are.
Sunday 4th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30 am followed at 12 noon by Local Meeting for Business. All welcome. Among other items, please come and bring your ideas for the Regional Gathering Fun Day on Saturday 30th June.
Saturday 10th Experiment with Light group at Stansted Meeting House, 10.30 to 12 noon.See also the concert in Cambridge at 3pm. below
Sunday 11th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30 am.
It will also be Area Meeting at Dunmow MH beginning at 12.45 after a light lunch.
During the Area Meeting, the main item 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 come and learn more about the project. I know it’s Mothering Sunday, You will be back in time for tea!
Attenders are very welcome. Just let me know if you are coming. If you haven’t been to an area Meeting before, come and meet with the other Friends in our Area Meeting in the beautiful old meeting House at Dunmow and find out what happens at an Area Meeting. Contact Margaret Somerville for lunch 01376 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 12th Healing group (Friends Fellowship of Healing ) 10.00 till 11.00 am in the Meeting House
Book group 7.30pm at Judith’s, 10, Peaslands Rd. as usual. The book being read is Emma by Jane Austen. New members are most welcome.
Please contact Sheila Brignall 01763 838 599 email@example.com for more details.
Sunday 18th Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting at 10.30 followed by Bring and Share lunch. Do stay for a while and get to know someone new over lunch.
Sunday 25th Meeting for Worship 10.30 am. No organised Children’s Meeting this week
Wednesday 28th March Experiment with Light group in the Long Room, 10.30 till 12 noon.
Good Friday, March 30th The Meeting House will be open from 10am for quiet reflection.
Walk of Witness. Assemble at United Reformed Church to set off at 10:30. Walk through the town centre to St Mary’s for a service aimed to start by 11:00 am, finished well before noon.
Easter Sunday 1st April Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting as usual 10.30 am
A message from the Cambridge City of Sanctuary group
Dear City of Sanctuary Friends, There will be a concert on Saturday 10th March in aid of the Medaille Trust which provides refuges in the UK for trafficked women and men escaping traffickers. This is an annual concert which we can thoroughly recommend as it is always has a wonderful mixture of music, excellent refreshments and a chance to learn a little about the work of the Trust (http://www.medaille-trust.org.uk/). Details are as follows: THE MEDAILLE TRUST Caring for victims of trafficking
MUSIC + FOR MEDAILLE
A Fundraising Concert will be held on Saturday 10th March 2018 at 3.00pm
at the Memorial Church (Unitarian) in Emmanuel Road Cambridge (opposite Christ's Pieces)
Musicians from Cambridge Central Churches will provide a varied programme followed by refreshments
Admission is free but there will be a collection for the charity
Children and Young people
4th March A mothering Sunday activity, card or gift in preparation for Mothering Sunday on the 11th March. Clare will let parents know more later.
For Upcoming 2018 events for YP please go to
BRITAIN YEARLY MEETING CHILDREN EVENTS 5-7 May
http://www.quaker.org.uk/events/cp2018 Bookings by 12 March
See below for more.
Yearly Meeting 2018
Registration for Yearly Meeting 2018 is now open at www.quaker.org.uk/ym.
Yearly Meeting is for everyone, whether or not they have been before, and those unable to attend can still support the discernment of Yearly Meeting. This year we will be asking ourselves how Quaker faith & practice should look for the next generation.
Within the next few days our clerk will receive the first set of Yearly Meeting documents: Preparing for Yearly Meeting, Agenda and Notes and Epistles and Testimonies. Friends should find Preparing for Yearly Meeting helpful in terms of both practical and spiritual preparation.
Children and young people
Do you have young people in your meeting (aged 11-15) who would benefit from the opportunity to attend the Young People’s Programme (YPP) at Yearly Meeting 2018? Limited places available.
Booking by 18 March at www.quaker.org.uk/events/ypp2018 firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1013
This event gives participants the chance to try all sorts of adventurous activities. There will be fun, games, a chance to make new friends, worship and thinking about what it means to ‘live adventurously’ as a Quaker. The cost is £80 per person which includes travel from Friends House, all food and activities.
Mel Cook: email@example.com, 020 7663 1014
Peace: opportunities for action
‘A guide to calling on the UK government to attend the 2018 UN High- Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament from May 14-16’ provides some tips as well as key phrases to use when writing to your MP to call on the UK government to attend the conference at the highest level. Available shortly at www.quaker.org.uk/nuclear-disarmament
Sahdya Darr, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1108
Reclaim the sky for peace this Persian New Year (Nao Roz) by flying kites not drones. Everything you need to know to make kites and explore the issue of armed drones is at https://dronecampaignnetwork. wordpress.com/events/fly-kites-not-drones
At QPSW we’d love to see your kites via email email@example.com
or @kitesnotdrones on Twitter
In 1947 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Quakers worldwide for the work they had done, particularly relief work, between the two world wars and after World War II. Friends and meetings in Britain Yearly Meeting can provide nominations for the 2019 prize.
Please see the website for the criteria and contact information. Helen Bradford, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1071 www.quakernobel.org
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.
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, email@example.com, 020 7663 1047
For information on the adult education grants visit the website: www.quaker.org.uk/our-work/grant-making/adult-education
Ann Pfeiffer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1053
Quakers are founding members and a sponsoring church of Christian Aid and have supported their work for over 70 years. Please continue to support them, especially during Christian Aid Week.
Further details at www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week
Marigold Bentley, email@example.com, 020 7663 1060
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:-
The next local newsletter will come out on or around the 27th March. Please let me know any dates or information you would like me to include.
If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter please contact me. Gill Parker email@example.com 01799 550692
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