Ride for Equality & the Common Good

We were delighted to welcome seventeen riders travelling from Swarthmore Hall, in the Northwest of England, to Downing Street, London. They were witnessing to the terrible consequences of cuts to funding for the vulnerable and disabled. Their declaration can be seen by clicking on this link. Declaration for Equality and the Common Good.

They were inspired by their own experiences and by the historic ride by Margaret Fell, the “Mother of Quakerism” from her home, Swarthmore Hall, to present a petition to Charles II, pleading for an end to the persecution of Quakers, who, she declared are a “peaceable people”.

The riders included people with disabilities and carers with first hand experience of the tragic effects of the introduction of the universal credit system. Their message is “We can afford to care”. See this quick snap shot.

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They started their journey on Sunday 22nd July and aim to present their petition to  number 10 Downing Street at 3pm on Friday 3rd August.

We welcomed them on Tuesday 31st July after they had ridden from Northampton via Milton Keynes. We enjoyed a meal together and shared stories and concerns. Some slept on the Meeting House floor, others in the garden under the stars and the rest in Friends Homes. They left after breakfast and a short  Meeting for Worship on Wednesday morning, having dealt with a broken spoke and a puncture!

It is possible to follow their progress and learn more about their witness by following this link.

 

 

 

 

Looking to the future

A special meeting will be held to discern the way forward for the Meeting. It will be after Meeting for Worship on Sunday 18th March. Such a Meeting is often called a ‘Threshing Meeting’ as ideas are collected and examined. This is a positive looking ahead to ensure succession planning of officers, the possibilities for growth and developments.

 

December events

3rd 10.45am Meeting for Worship

        12noon Meeting for Worship for Business

6th 11.30am Meeting for Worship (approximately 30 Minutes)

10th 10.45am Meeting for Worship

17th 10.45am Meeting for Worship (all-age) followed by shared lunch

24th 10.45am Meeting for Worship

31st 10.45am Meeting for Worship

 

 

November Events

 

Ist November Wednesday 11.30am Mid-Week Meeting for Worship

12.00 Shared lunch – all welcome

3rd November Friday 2pm Gardening Working Party

5th November Sunday 10.45am Meeting for Worship

12th November Sunday 10.45am Meeting for Worship

19th November Sunday 10.45am Meeting for Worship

2pm Area Meeting  at Milton Keynes Meeting House

26th November 10.45am Meeting for Worship

October events

October events

1st Meeting for Worship at 10.45am

Quaker Week – theme Living in Turbulent Times

4th Meeting for Worship at 11.30am

6th Garden tidy-up session starting at 2pm

8th Meeting for Worship at 10.45am

Area Meeting At Hemel Hempstead at 2pm

15th Meeting for Worship at 10.45am

20th Shared Meal with Milton Keynes Friends at 7pm

22nd Meeting for Worship at 10.45am

Meeting for Worship for Business at 12noon

29th British Summer Time ends

Meeting for Worship at 10.45am

Meeting for Butterflies

Meeting for Butterflies

On Sunday, 23rd July, four Friends held a Meeting for Butterflies! The idea was to spend fifteen minutes sitting in silence watching for Butterflies as part of the countrywide Butterfly Count, then to continue in silent worship. In the time spent in the garden there were three butterflies, a small white, a large white and a Meadow Brown. The joyous response to the sightings could, I suppose be compared to the joy felt at an inspiring ministry. Perhaps that is just what the butterflies were – ministries of beauty and delight!