WITH REGRET WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THIS EVENT DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.
WE HOPE TO REARRANGE SOON.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST AT THE LINK BELOW,
AND WE WILL GET IN TOUCH WHEN WE HAVE MORE NEWS!
During a pandemic with no end in sight, and as the effects of climate change continue, it’s not an easy time in our lives.
Yet even as we ’stay at home’ or ’stay alert’, there’s important work we can do.
We, as a Meeting, have already decided to confront the challenge of climate change.
We seek clean energy, clean air, clean water, in a safe habitat for humans and wildlife alike.
Far-reaching changes in energy generation, green space, transportation, housing, food distribution, even jobs, education, and health care will be necessary to achieve the goal.
‘Remember your responsibilities as a citizen for the conduct of local, national, and international affairs.
Do not shrink from the time and effort your involvement may demand.’
Do we, as a Meeting and as individuals, have the resolve, and the caring, to work among ourselves and with officials and residents of Hemel Hempstead and Dacorum Borough to rise to meet the challenge of climate change together?
During our recent online meeting for worship, we shared feelings about climate change and our responses to this question.
Spring has sprung. Enjoy these lovely photos taken by Roger.
We have decided to suspend Meeting for Worship for the foreseeable future in the light of the government’s advice about avoiding all non-essential contact, especially for those in vulnerable groups, which includes all aged over 70.
This evening we have received a message from Friends House that this is their advice too. Here is part of what they said:
“We advise meetings not to gather in person while the current social distancing guidance is in force. Current guidance is that everyone should avoid all large gatherings and any gatherings in smaller places (such as cinemas, restaurants, pubs). Government statements have made clear that religious gatherings are included in this category. Many faiths and denominations have announced they will cease public acts of worship.”
They note that meetings will need to think about how they maintain their community when they are not meeting face to face, and how important it is to stay in touch by other means, e.g. over the phone. We will certainly be trying to maintain contact with everyone by phone and email.
We will also be looking at possibilities for using IT to create “virtual” meetings for those who would like to try this. Friends House has some information on this and is actively working on how they can support meetings. Some Friends might like to set aside time for silent reflection at home, especially on a Sunday morning, knowing that some other Friends will be doing the same and will be with them in spirit.
How long it will be before we can restart Meeting for Worship, we don’t know. But even if we are not able to meet on a Sunday, let us continue to support each other in spirit and in practical ways until the situation improves.
Wishing you all good health,
Quaker Meeting for Learning: Inspiration, guidance and examples for practical involvement.
19 April at St Albans Meeting House
Rebecca Woo or Libby Hanks (both newly appointed) from QPSW will lead the session and provide a major input. Colin Hall, David Maxwell, Heather Mitchell and Rob Paton are involved in the organisation of this event.
The draft programme is as follows:
1-2 pm bring and share lunch – contributions to the lunch to be low carbon / environmentally friendly.
2 pm Introductory main session. Re-acquainting ourselves with the climate emergency: 4 x workshops (choice of)
Plenary Session – visioning our Meetings
All Friends (including young people) are encouraged to attend this important Meeting.
This event will now be a virtual meeting by Zoom
Please support this exciting experiment.
To book your place…please click on the link below (or copy it into your web browser) and fill in the form:
New to Zoom? Many Friends are now using Zoom, and we hope that help can be provided within Local Meetings. There will be a short dry run to try out Zoom on Friday 17 April at 11.30 a.m.
Don’t have a computer or smart phone? It will be possible to join the meeting by telephone, but please only if it is really necessary.
Further information from the organisers:
heather.mitchell @ phonecoop.coop
hall.colin @ gmail.com
davidmaxwell @ phonecoop.coop
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.
The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments. Following last year’s highly successful celebratory concert in October, to celebrate the tercentenary of the Hemel Friends Meeting House, LKQ are returning in September this year.
Tickets are selling fast to those who attended and enjoyed last year’s remarkable performance so you should contact me as soon as possible to book a ticket(s). Tickets in advance only.
Cost of tickets £13. To reserve a ticket:
Please email me : firstname.lastname@example.org or
Text me: 07770971218
I will then be in touch to confirm ticket availability and advise on methods of payment.
Thank you. Roger Ramsden. [05/08/19]
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