Motive for Meeting The care of the fabric and structure of the building often is my most pressing of concerns. But this is to work with the wherewithal not the why. The right ordering of the business of the meeting often occupies the front of my mind. But this is to major on the method not the aim. The attempt to centre attention in the meeting often takes discipline, focus and time. But this is only to tend to technique not spirit. The work on the building and business for the meeting are only the means for it to happen, But the meeting is the way the world will change. After Meeting 2022.01.09
For the last few weeks we have enjoyed meeting in the open air in the garden. The weather has been kind. About half of the area has been left unmown, and is covered in bright little yellow flowers. This photograph was taken after our meeting today.
We held our first Meeting for Worship together today since March. There were six of us in the pleasant surroundings of the garden, bathed in sunlight and blessed with birdsong. The flowers in the courtyard are wonderful, thanks to Mary.
Having carried out a risk assessment and put in place posters about safety during COVID-19 and provided for hand-washing or sanitiser, and markings for social distancing etc., we are able to resume weekly Meetings for Worship, outdoor for preference, but indoors if the weather is not kind. We will be limited to eight people if we move indoors, so registration with the Clerk is necessary. The kitchen will not be used nor will there be anything that is normally shared, such as books. The cleaning regime for the Meeting House and particularly the toilets will be considered with our cleaner this week. They’re will be a one way system operating when we meet indoors, so please follow the guidance of the welcomers. We are not planning to re-open for any other groups before September at the earliest.
We continue to care for each other and keep in touch by phone and email. Please contact Adela or Jackie our Overseers with any concerns.
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
We have agreed to meet weekly for worship for a trial period beginning on 3rd September at 10.45am. We also plan to hold a short mid-week Meeting for Worship on the first Wednesday of every month starting on the 6th September. We will begin at 11.30am and the worship may be preceded or followed by refreshments, gardening or opportunities to learn more about being Quaker.