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Inreach Outreach Review

What can a Quaker meeting do to become stronger, more visible and more welcoming? This question has as much to do with inreach—deepening the spiritual life of the meeting community—as it does with outreach—our message and witness to the world.

Often the simple act of thinking about welcoming newcomers, of getting ready to receive them, and of preparing to integrate them into the life of the meeting, will give new life to a meeting.

Welcoming Newcomers

What aspects of meeting life influence a visitor’s decision to become a regular attender and active participant? The quality of our worship, the vitality of our meetings, and the ways we inform newcomers about our faith all affect a visitor’s decision whether to return. Newcomers also need to feel that they are welcomed and that they will be accepted as part of the community.

Newcomers Cards

Friends General Conference is happy to provide these Newcomers Cards, a series of FREE cards available for print by meetings.  Please use the instructions for printing below.

The FGC Bookstore also carries printed copies of the Newcomers Cards for purchase.

Through a Visitors Eyes

Hello, I am a newcomer to your meeting. You cannot know the reason why I am here this morning. It may be as simple as a move to your community, or as complicated as a personal crisis that leads me to seek strength from God. In any case, I am here. And I will probably remain here and come back to visit you next Sunday and the Sunday after that if you will do something for me. Won’t you please . . .

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