‘We are not to know where we may be led and we may come to see that our hopes were for things way beyond our imagination... What is important is being faithful to the next step and knowing we take it not in our power but in God’s’.
Ben Pink Dandelion, ‘Living the Quaker Way’
Dates for August
Saturday 4th 2pm. Memorial Meeting in thanksgiving for the life of our dear Friend Margaret Slee.
The meeting will providing tea afterwards. Offers of help will be gratefully received. Chris Bainbridge is co ordinating the refreshments. Please contact her if you can bring cakes, scones, sandwiches etc. firstname.lastname@example.org 01799 525590
Sunday 5th 10.30am Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting
Margaret Slee’s family invites you to Margaret’s home – French’s Farm, Campions End Hempstead CB10 2NZ on Sunday afternoon.
Please contact Bijon for instruction on how to find it. 01799 522411 email@example.com
Tuesday 7th 6.30 – 7.30 pm Interfaith group at 2 Castle Street. Our lady of Compassion RC church parish hall
Sunday 12th 10.30 am Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting
Monday 13th 10.30 am. Distant Healing Group In the Long Room
Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th 12 to 5pm Chelmsford Meeting house, Rainsford Rd. CM1 2QL
’With a Tender Hand’, An exhibition of Quaker humanitarian initiatives in peace and war.’
Sunday 19th 10.30 am. Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting
Sunday 26th 10.30 am Meeting for Worship. No arranged Children’s Meeting this week.
Dates for September
Sunday 2nd 10.30am Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting followed at 12 noon by Local Meeting for Business.
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
12.45 pm by Area meeting at Saffron Walden. The Meeting will follow a light lunch provided by Saffron Walden Friends.
Monday 10th 10.30 am Distant Healing group. 10.30 in the Long Room
Sunday 16th 10.30 Meeting for Worship and Children’s Meeting also Heritage Open Day.
Saturday 22nd 2.30 pm. Memorial Meeting to give thank for the life of our dear Friend Judith Effer. Tea will follow. You will be asked for contributions of food or help nearer the time!
Sunday 23rd 10.30 Meeting for Worship, no arranged children’s meeting.
Friday 28th 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.
Sunday 30th 10.30 Meeting for Worship, no arranged children’s meeting.
Advance notice of two talks in October in association with Quaker week
Friday 5th Talk by the Recording Clerk Paul Parker and member of this Meeting of course. ‘Still Time for God?’
Friday 12th 7pm. Talk by Andy Davy, Ecumenical Accompanier.
Children and Young People
5 Aug Summer hols crafts, games, books
12 Aug Summer hols crafts, games, books
19 Aug Cooking and Shared Lunch
26 Aug - no formal CYPM (4th Sunday )
A new or visitor family can be welcomed by a designated member of Meeting and introduced to the Long Room Resources and CYPM contact information
Revision of the Book of Discipline Young people are needed on the Revision group. Could this be you or a young person you know? Don’t be shy about putting a name forward.
See below for more information. Names need to be submitted by 1st September
Woodbrooke Courses which might interest you
Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th October – Caring for One Another
Monday 22nd to Friday 16th November – online course, Spiritual Practices for Everyday
Monday 29th October to Wednesday 31st October – Friends to the End: Accompanying Dying Friends
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th February – A Friendly Introduction to membership
Help is available towards the costs of courses. Please talk to one of the overseers, John Evans, Nasreen Saxton or Mary Scott
There’s lots more information about upcoming courses, retreats etc. too on these websites
The next newsletter will come out on or about 30th August. Please let me have dates etc before then. Thanks
In Friendship Gill Parker
01799 550692 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Accompaniers – 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, email@example.com, 020 7663 1047
- Churches Together in England 2018
Marigold Bentley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1060
- Talking Friends
Contact Alan Johnson, email@example.com 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