News & Events

Regular monthly events:

Shared lunch held now since January 2019, every three months on the last Sunday of the month from just after noon onwards at the Meeting House.  Please check Notices / events below for exact dates.
Any Questions alternates with Preparative Meeting (our business meeting) on the first Sunday of each month.  Any Questions is an informal gathering for people to bring questions of any kind about Quakers and the Society of Friends.
Book group meets every other month on a Friday evening at the Meeting House, dates as below.

British Yearly Gathering (BYG) 2017 Warwick University : Epistle : please search for main Friends Meeting House website for links to the Epistle, Salter and Gorman lectures, transcripts and summary of the 2017 Swarthmoor Lecture delivered by Catherine West MP.  This latter lecture transcript can be purchased as a booklet from Friends House, Euston.

Forthcoming events

Meeting for Sufferings has issued a statement on the refugee crisis The link is: http://old.quaker.org.uk/news/quakers-urgently-call-safe-paths-refugees

Hertford & Hitchin area meeting have adopted Syrian Refugees as a concern. Call for St Albans Quaker group to adopt this as a concern and join the network. A key issue is housing which is being co-ordinated through a housing steering group where other areas (such as St Albans / Luton and Leighton AM) are invited to join.

Please also see the circulated document from Irene Austin (St Albans Amnesty & Herts Welcomes Syrian Families).  For further specific details please see Gordon or Debbie.

Burial Ground Victoria Street Planning application:  update : This was considered at the Trustee meeting on the Tuesday 29 August 2017 and comments from the Trustees were then submitted the next day, on Wednesday 30 August 2017, to the Council.  To look at the application online, use : https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/planning/Searchforplanningapplications/  Reference:  5/2017/1060.

Petition to Parliament: we have been notified that a site has been set up to ‘revoke Article 50 and remain in EU’:  https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/241584

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Sunday 5th May – following Meeting for Worship : Welcoming Margaret Clarke into membership: we will be celebrating Margaret’s becoming a member of the Society of Friends during tea/coffee – and cake.

Sunday 5th May : Noon – Meeting for Business (PM).

Saturday 11th May – Saturday June 1st : St Albans Sustainablity Festival : Fliers on the table.

Saturday 11th May : 7:30 – Charity concerts for Christian Aid: Music for All Seasons at Marshalswick Baptist Church.  Flyers on the table.

Sunday 12th May : (second Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Tuesday 14th May : 8pm – Marlborough Road Methodist Church: An exploration by Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet of Jesus in a Jewish Context.  Flyer on the table.

Saturday 18th May: 10 – 4pm – Jordans Meeting House : Experiment with Light Workshop, a Quaker meditation based on the practice of early Quakers. Cost £15; booking and further information at office@jordansquakercentre.org  Flyer on table.

Saturday 18th May : 6:30pm – at Fleetville Recreation Ground, St Albans Muslim Community : The Big Iftar, a special daily meal at the end of each day when fasting finishes.  This is an open event for the whole community arranged by St Albans Muslim Community.  The evening will include mendhi, calligraphy workshops, and activities for children. More details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-st-albans-big-iftar-tickets-60474753616

Saturday 18th May : 7:30 – Charity concerts for Christian Aid: Kempston Musical Society at Marlborough Rd Methodist Church.  Flyers on the table.

Sunday 19th May : Noon – 1pm – Sustainable St Albans sale at the Meeting House.  Friends are requested to bring books/ bric a brac and baking or preserves for this sale.

Sunday 26th May : (fourth Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Sunday 26th May : 12:15 :  Shared lunch at the Meeting House.  All welcome.  Future three monthly shared lunches to happen in May, August and November 2019, last Sunday of these months.

Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June : Fliers for BYM, Friends House monthly mailing on the table.

Sunday 16th June : Noon – My faith and My Life; Gordon Jackson will speak to this after Meeting for Worship.

Sunday 23rd June : Noon – Meeting House : Compassionate assistance to die; a meeting to allow us to reflect together and aid discernment.  Area meeting has asked us to consider this issue, ready for AM on Sunday July 21, when it will be on the agenda.   A copy of the book ‘Assisted Dying, a Quaker exploration’, produced by Leeds AM and offering a wide range of views from different perspectives, is on the table, for friends to borrow.

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Gardening Group. We hope to form a group that would take an interest in the development of the Meeting House garden. Speak to Valerie Coast if you would like to join.

Eric Coates Legacy. Eric recently left some money to the meeting. His son has indicated that his father was particularly interested in peace issues. Please tell the clerk of any ideas you might have.

Penelope and Roman hope to start a discussion group based around the book ‘A new earth’ by Eckhart Tolle.Their initial idea is to get a small group of 6+ people interested in meeting informally fortnightly – to read a few set chapters in advance and then to have a free flowing discussion on these topics.  Speak to either if you are interested.

Inclusion and diversity survey from Friends House:  Friends and attenders are asked to complete this online survey.  It is completely anonymous and the results will be collated for  BYM.   Please complete the survey by 28 March 2019: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/quakersurvey 

Quakers across Europe are holding a joint meeting for  worship at the time of the expected UK departure from the EU The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) is inviting all Friends to join as individuals or Meetings. To register to connect with the online meeting on 29 March,visit: www.QCEA.org/BrexitMeeting.

Finding out about Quakers. Weekend events for newcomers at Charney Manor 12-14 April and at Glenthorne Quaker Centre 26-28 April. Details on the table

How and why did I become a Quaker:  Request for information from a researcher, Richard Baimbridge.  Full details in the green letter on the table.

Help needed please:  Brian Rodmell has just moved to  live in a care home, Clare Lodge, 8 Battlefield Rd, to be near one of his sons. He would be grateful if someone could give him a lift to and from Meeting. He will need help getting into and out of the car. If you can help please will you let Stella Leigh know.

Being Friends Together this has been developed by Woodbrooke and Quaker Life to help Friends in meetings to develop spiritually, both as individuals and meetings. It is available online for anyone in meeting. Please contact the clerk for more info.

Two Housing booklets – “Principles for a Just Housing Policy” and “Housing: our Spiritual Concern” are available please contact Paula Harvey on 020 7663 1036 for copies.

One of the new ways to connect British Friends with Friends worldwide is via the Online Quaker World Relations Committee Network.  To join the Network contact: Marleen Schepers, marleens@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1143 Further information at: www.quaker.org.uk/qwrc  

There is now an on-line forum at onlinequakers.org.uk for anyone with an interest in Quakers.  Topics since Yearly Meeting have included the Swarthmore Lecture, the possible revision of Quaker Faith and Practice and the meaning of membership.  Established Quakers can offer some answers to enquirers.

Elders are encouraging Friends to take up courses focussed on enhancing the various roles within Meeting such as Elders, Overseers, Clerk etc.  Please speak to an Elder for this and for funding agreement.

Traidcraft has just launched its Fair Necessities appeal help smallholder farmers around the world to grow more, earn more and eat more. The British Government will match all donations pound for pound. Donate on www.traidcraft.org.uk/double(external link) or you can text DOUBLE to 70500 to donate £5.

Teachers of English needed for Syrian Refugees: If you are interested in either teaching or volunteering, please contact Gill Searle at Gill.searl@pcvs.co.uk    Please note that we were given the wrong email address last week. This is the correct one.


Information in the Meeting House Foyer

Economic inequality a Quaker concern

Young Quaker – this issue looks at Peru and at the General election

Newsletter produced by Quaker Committee for Christian & Interfaith relations – concentrating on Quaker/Muslim Relations

St Albans Credit Union: Application Forms available on the table.

Amongst Friends (Europe and Middle East section of FWCC)

Current copies of The Friend, Quaker News, Friends Quarterly, Quaker Voices

A form for Friends to add their names to protest against the use of drones in the Middle East.

Quakers growing together as a sustainable community.  Useful websites: www.quaker.org/sustainability
www.woodbrooke.org.uk/goodlives

The collection for May is for Open Door