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

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Sunday 14th July : (second Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Sunday 14th July : 12:30 – All age annual picnic will be held at Highfield Park, St Albans.  Please meet at YMCA car park, Russett Drive, AL4 0DB.  Someone will be there to direct you to the picnic site.  Please bring your own lunch and sign up on the sheet provided at Meeting if you can give others a lift.  We would particularly like to encourage children to attend our all-age Quaker picnic.  

Monday July 15th : 7:30 – Discussion Group meets on the third Monday of each month at the Randles’ house.  All welcome.  The topic, ’The Symbol of Christ Must Continually be Interpreted in New Ways’, from The Friend, has been circulated.

Sunday 28th July : (fourth Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

Sunday 11th of August : 10:30 – 11:30 – Chrishall Grange, Nr. Royston.  visit Quaker camp for the day; you are warmly invited to visit our area meeting Quaker camp for the day.  We are camping on a farm at Chrishall Grange, near Royston in Hertfordshire (SG8 8QH).  Join us for meeting for worship from 10.30 – 11.30am. We will have mixed aged activities for adults and children to join in with, in the afternoon.  Bring a packed lunch and a mug for drinks. Please let Emily Janes know if you are planning to come, emilyhjanes@googlemail.com

Sunday 25th August : 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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 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 July is for St Albans Mediation Service