Friends General Conference

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New Meetings Toolbox

Welcome to the New Meetings Project “Toolbox”.  Here you will find a variety of basic materials to help you as you consider starting a new Quaker worship group or meeting.  Some of these are very practical in nature while others will help you think through various issues as you approach this spiritual enterprise.  You may not need every “tool” in this toolbox – just as you don’t often need every tool in your home toolbox.  Choose the ones you think best fit your situation and use them and leave the rest of the tools for a later time.  We’ll be adding new tools steadily, so check back often.

If the tool you need isn’t here, then please contact Brent Bill, the coordinator of the New Meetings project at brentb@fgcquaker.org.  He’ll be happy to help you find what you need.

STARTING A NEW QUAKER WORSHIP GROUP OR MEETING 

QUAKER WORSHIP GROUPS AND MEETINGS ARE DYNAMIC FAITH COMMUNITIES. IT IS WONDERFUL THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERING STARTING A WORSHIP GROUP OR MEETING!  BELOW ARE SOME TOOLS THAT WILL HELP YOU IN THIS SPIRITUAL ENDEAVOR. 

MEETING FOR WORSHIP

MEETING FOR WORSHIP IS A FORM OF COMMUNION FOR FRIENDS IN WHICH WE GATHER IN SILENCE IN ORDER TO ENTER A REALITY THAT "IS ALWAYS HERE WITHIN US AND BESIDE US, AVAILABLE TO US AS AN INVISBLE STREAM INTO WHICH WE CAN STEP AT ANY TIME." (WILLIAM TABER) WORSHIP,

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!

MANY ASPECTS OF A MEETING'S OR WORSHIP GROUP'S LIFE INFLUENCE A NEWCOMER'S DECISION TO BECOME A REGULAR ATTENDEE AND ACTIVE PARTICIPANT.

THE ROLE OF OUTREACH

OUTREACH AND PUBLICITY ARE ABOUT SHARING OUR SPIRITUAL SEARCH AND INSIGHTS WITH THOSE WHO WANT TO LISTEN.

SPRITUAL GROWTH

GROWING SPIRITUALLY AS A NEW MEETING OR WORSHIP GROUP IS VITAL TO CREATING A VIBRANT, ALIVE FAITH COMMUNITY.  GROWING SPIRITUALLY BRINGS FRIENDS TOGETHER IN EXPLORATION, SHARING, STUDY, CARING, AND MUCH MORE.

FRIENDLY BUSINESS

FRIENDS HAVE A UNIQUE WAY OF DOING BUSINESS ROOTED IN ATTENTIVENESS AND IN LISTENING TO THE PROMPTINGS OF THE SPIRIT.

WIDER QUAKER CONTACTS

QUAKERS ARE INVOLVED IN A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES (STEWARDSHIP OF THE EARTH, PEACE-MAKING, PUBLISHING, AND MUCH MORE).  THE LINKS BELOW WILL TAKE YOU TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOUR NEW WORSHIP GROUP OR MEETING MIGHT LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT -- OR GET INVOLVED WITH.

Spiritual Education

THIS SECTION TOUCHES ON TENDER, BUT IMPORTANT TOPICS RELA