Mermie Karger is a member of Hemel Hempstead Local Quaker Meeting. She took photos of the countryside around Hemel Hempstead and edited this video for sharing with the Dacorum Interfaith Network’s end of year celebration held on Zoom in December 2020.
In the manner of Quaker silent worship, the video proceeds slowly, allowing reflection.
These are the spoken words:
We celebrate the Light which is sacred in all people ~ God, the light within, a universal goodness, love.
We worship in silence, listening to that Light within each of us, sometimes spoken, often not.
Our belief that the light of love is at the centre of existence, that all human life is of equal worth, and that each person is unique leads Quakers to ‘live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars.
Our belief that everyone is equal inspires us to try to change the systems that cause injustice and that stop us being genuine communities.
Living according to the deepest truths of the light of love means speaking the truth at all times. As we are guided by integrity, so we expect to see it in public life.
The light of love is in the Earth and all of its creatures. We campaign for climate and energy justice, and for an economy that is clean and fair to all. The light of love means living simply and celebrating what really matters: the people around us, the natural world, our experience of stillness.
We are the Light of the world and our role is to touch the world with that Light.
At our Christmas meeting for worship on 20 December we listened to a beautiful recording ‘The mystery of Christmas’, narrated by Jane Levy. Thanks to our Friend, Jonathan Kempster, who produced this for churches around Berkhamsted. It can be enjoyed here:
Westminster Magistrates court fined Berkhamsted Quaker, Sue Hampton, £105 on Monday 28 October.
Sue had been arrested at the Extinction Rebellion at Trafalgar Square where she had taken the brave decision to glue her hand to a wooden tower. Risking her health, Sue remained glued for 21 hours, until she was arrested.
Front cover of Sue Hampton’s ‘I Am Me’, a picture book sold to support young refugees, illustrated by Hemel Hempstead artist, Paula Watkins.Our charity for May and June will be People Not Borders, one of whose Trustees, Sue Hampton of Berkhamsted Quaker meeting, will address the meeting briefly on 19th May to inform us about the charity’s work. Find out more about the latest appeals for support for refugees. https://www.peoplenotborders.org/appeals
Hope for Children is working in 9 countries to ensure that children get the childhoods they deserve by focusing on education, health and empowering their families.
We have raised £55 for Hope for Children, our charity for March and April. Our Friend, Bob Parsons has thanked us on behalf of Hope for Children.
This money will go towards a centre for disabled children in Sri Lanka.
Read about how Hemel Hempstead Quaker Dr Bob Parsons OBE, founded Hope for Children
SUNDAY MAY 19TH: 2.30pm
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+ many others
Come and enjoy the peacefulness of the Friends Meeting House and garden. In preparation for the week ahead allow the music of the guitar of the past and present to lift your spirits. Returning after last year’s successful Tercentenary concert Ian Kelleher invites us to hear a selection from his extended repertoire of pieces from around the world.
Ian Kelleher`s formal guitar study culminated with the completion of the prestigious Advanced Solo Studies Course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama way back in 1990! Since then he has developed his passion for teaching and continued to pursue his performing interests in both solo and ensemble playing.
He has enriched his musical understanding with travel and two Masters Degrees. Ian’s recent project is running the Great Dunmow Guitar Club to help players develop their performance skills and to promote the guitar and its music. He currently teaches in Essex and Hertfordshire.
Ian recorded his first CD “Imagens” with guitarist Sue Williams in 2012. His first solo CD “Far from Home” was released in 2014 and his latest recording “Time and Place” was released in April 2016.
The last few years have seen an ever-increasing performance schedule. Performances throughout the South-East, both as a soloist and in duo with cellist Charles Ellis, have included Wimpole Hall (National Trust), Benslow Music (twice!), Southend Civic Centre, Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), The Foundling Museum (London).
Future concerts include Chelmsford Cathedral, Brentwood Cathedral and performance of Ramirez`s Misa Criolla with the Chamber Choir Carillon in St Albans.
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Tuesday 14 May 2019
Friends Meeting House (Quakers)
1 the Alleys, off St Mary’s Road, Old Town Hemel Hempstead HP2 5ZB
Scientists and Extinction Rebellion speakers Dr Kate Jeffery (UCL) and Emily Spry (London School Hygiene and Tropical medicine) will a talk organised by local community group Extinction Rebellion Dacorum.
The planet is in ecological crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. This is an emergency.
In this public talk, climate speakers from Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.
This event is expected to be very popular, so you are requested to contact Extinction Rebellion on their local Dacorum Facebook page, or email organiser Sue Hampton if you would like to come.
Climate justice is a Quaker concern for action – find out more at our national website:
All welcome! The mid-week Meeting for Worship will take place weekly on Thursdays from 7 to 7.30pm, starting on 9th May 2019 for three months. The meeting is being advertised online and by leaflets to our local community near the Meeting House in particular, and also to other areas in Hemel Hempstead.
Free Tercentenary Celebratory Folk Music Event
Friends Meeting House
Hemel Hempstead Old Town
July 21st 2018
Arrive from 2.00 pm
Enjoy the Chesham Folk Club players, Roy Adams and Alan Bickerton singing and playing steel strung guitars; Annette Burrows and Bob Templeman duo with songs guitar, ukelele and bouzouki, and from Hemel Hempstead the multi-instrumental Lea Rig Band.
The performance will be outside in our lovely garden – weather permitting
The programme starts at 2.30 and finishes 5.30 with a mid-programme break for tea.
We welcome everyone to listen, dance or sing along. Bring a picnic!
Entrance is free but please reserve your place by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note alcohol is not permitted in the Meeting House grounds.
Signatures of our earliest members from the deeds of the purchase of land in 1718.
Celebrations continue throughout 2018 at our wonderful Hemel Hempstead Friends Meeting House, located behind the Old Bell Inn on Hemel Hempstead Old Town High Street.
Since the 1600’s Quakers have met and worshipped mainly in silence. They have no clergy, no creed and no dogma. All are welcome to meetings. They are committed to peace, and the equality of all people, believing there is “that of God” in everyone.
A lively range of activities are arranged for summer and autumn 2018:
We have also published an anthology of Quaker writings and art; memories of the 20th Century; the lives of local conscientious objectors and an in-depth local history going back to 17th Century when Quakers first started meeting at Wood End. The fully-illustrated 128 page illustrated book, ‘We Go Deep’ is available from the Meeting House and to borrow from the local civic library.