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.  Planned for 2020 to happen on May 24th (4th Sunday), August 30th and November 30th 2020, last Sunday for August and NovemberShared lunch is suspended until further notice given the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Any Questions alternates with Preparative Meeting (our business meeting) on the first Sunday of each month and could be held through on-line video streaming medium (Zoom) until further notice given the coronavirus pandemic.  Details such as Zoom Meeting ID will be announced through this website and/or Meeting notices.  Any Questions is an informal meeting 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.  Suspended (March 2020) in its original form but is to happen through an on-line forum (Zoom meeting) from July 2020.  Next Book Group due to happen via Zoom on 4/9/20. 7:30pm.  Please check with the Clerk of the Meeting and/or Meeting notices for further details.  Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning is the selected work for study/discussion.
 


Bookings for Yearly Meeting Gathering 2020 is now open (since Wednesday 8 January 2020).  The Gathering will be held at the University of Bath from 1 – 7 August 2020.  We hope to build a Gathering full of worship, fun, conversation, sharing, hope, games, learning, community and above all challengeBritain Yearly Gathering for 2020 has been postponed to 2021.  The new dates are 31st July to 6th August 2021 and will still be held at Bath University campus.  Please check with Friends House, Euston for registration.

However,  a virtual Yearly Meeting session is to be held on the afternoon of Sunday 15 November 2020, in order for Friends from across the yearly meeting to come together online to worship and conduct some necessary business. Please check with Friends House, Euston for registration.

The brochure was sent to Local Meetings in the week ending 11/1/20.  This document contained practical information about the Gathering as well as material to help you prepare for Yearly Meeting.  The information contained in the brochure is also available now on our website www.quaker.org.uk/ym along with a PDF version of the brochure and a PDF version of the preparation materials.

The theme for the Gathering is Listening, prophecy and reconciliation: allyship in a climate emergency.  This theme was discerned by young Friends on Junior Yearly Meeting Arrangements Committee and we have welcomed their leadership.  The suggested resources contained on the website and in the brochure include links to podcasts on allyship, climate change and activism as well as other written resources.  We hope to build on these resources between now and the Gathering.  Britain Yearly Gathering for 2020 has been postponed to 2021.  The new dates are 31st July to 6th August 2021 and will still be held at Bath University campus.  Please check with Friends House, Euston for registration. (www.quaker.org.uk/ym)

Forthcoming events

Sunday 22nd March: (fourth Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.

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Update of L.M. Meeting contact list:  Area Meeting has asked for this and Pat Grimes, who looks after our list, asks that we inform her of any changes of address, phone, email, as soon as possible.

Allergens: it was agreed at PM earlier in 2020 that refreshments after Meeting should be nut-free. Catering committee will, in future, provide appropriate biscuits.

Quaker Concern for the Abolition of Torture – Choral Work Appeal for funding.   A new work for amateur choirs, Commissioned by Quaker Concern for the Abolition of Torture (Q-CAT).  Flyer on table.

The Monthly Mailing from Friends House is available on the monthly mailing web page at www.quaker.org.uk/mm-dec19 giving access to electronic versions of the covering letter and all the other documents included in the mailing.

British Yearly Gathering (BYG) 2020 Bath University Campus : 1 – 7th August 2020.  Applications through Friends Meeting House from January 2020 Britain Yearly Gathering for 2020 has been postponed to 2021.  The new dates are 31st July to 6th August 2021 and will still be held at Bath University campus.  Please check with Friends House, Euston for registration.  (www.quaker.org.uk/ym)

Request from Meeting for Sufferings:  they would like to arrange a display of the Society’s  progress with our Yearly Meeting commitment to work towards becoming a low-carbon, sustainable community.  Any examples (words or pictures) about what local Friends are doing in relation to the climate emergency would be welcome  jayne.c.meadows@gmail.com

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.  This initiative had been suspended in March 2020 and has progressed since then following the the guidance of risk assessment recommendations with due regard to personal safety.  Any further developments on this will be displayed on this website and/or announced through Meeting notices.

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. Some courses are being hosted through Woodbrooke training centre through Zoom on-line video conferencing medium, given the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Newsletter produced by Quaker Committee for Christian & Interfaith 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

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

The collection for September is for  Medical Aid for Palestinians

Their giving website can be accessed through  www.map.org.uk