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.
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.
Printed Meeting contact lists : Please bring £3 in change, as these are now available to pick up.
Burial Ground Victoria Street Planning application: update : This was considered at the Trustee meeting on the Tuesday 29 August and comments from the Trustees were then submitted the next day, on Wednesday 30 August, to the Council. To look at the application online, use : https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/pl
Death of Elizabeth Fowler: Following Elizabeth’s passing on the 7th September, the funeral and woodland burial took place on Monday 25th September. Welwyn Garden City Meeting is expecting to hold a further Memorial Meeting at a later date, to be announced.
Friday 16th February : 7:30 – Discussion Group at the Randles’. The topic is ‘The Essence of The Spiritual Journey’ Document attached /on the table.
Saturday 24th February : 7:30pm – Inter Church Quiz at Homewood Road Church. Teams of 8. £10 per person including a fish and chip supper or veggie alternative. Bring own drinks / nibbles. Contact Debbie asap if you would like to take part. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 25th February : 12:15 – shared lunch at the Meeting House. All welcome.
Friday 2nd March : 7:30pm – Book group – book choice is ‘God a Human History’ by Reza Aslan. Five copies will be available at the Central Library from 15 February.
Sunday 4th March : (the first Sunday of the month) is food bank collection day. Please bring along your contributions to the Meeting House.
Sunday 11th March : (second Sunday of the month) After-word immediately following MfW.
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, email@example.com, 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 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The collection for February is for Bhopal Medical Appeal