Colby Abazs

Inreach is about meeting the spiritual needs of the people who are already part of our meeting communities.

Participating in inreach and spiritual deepening can be a transformative experience for both long-time Friends and newcomers.  Vibrant Quaker meetings share grounded worship, deep personal connections, and opportunities for exploring spirituality and faith in action, and inreach provides opportunities for this vibrancy to grow. Inreach contributes to growing our meetings because the visitors that walk through our doors can perceive the vitality, spiritual depth, and sense of connection we share, leading some of them to think, “Ah yes, this could be my spiritual home.”

There is great power in storytelling. To share our faith is to grow in our faith.  Sharing our personal spiritual journeys builds community and invites us to know each other “in that which is eternal.” Making time for building these types of connections and being intentional about inviting Spirit into the activities we share as a meeting will increase our sense of knowing each other, nurturing the meeting and sharing a spiritual experience together.

Sample Agenda: A 6-week Adult Religious Education Series on Exploring Inreach

Week 1Inreach and Spiritual Community30 minutes
Week 2Double Circles: What Do Quakers Believe?30-60 minutes
Week 3Built It! This I Believe / Timeless Quaker Wisdom: Be Still and Cool20 minutes / 30 minutes
Week 4QuakerSpeak Activity: The Faithfulness Lecture30-45 minutes
Week 5That of God Activity / Select Queries for Worship Sharing30 minutes / 30 minutes
Week 6Sharing Our Spiritual Stories45 minutes

Helpful Resources

Files & Toolkits

*The starred files below include facilitation guides for activities you can implement TODAY in your meeting.

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