Welcoming Friends support the meeting community in warmly and effectively engaging newcomers. For many newcomers, obtaining a working understanding of Quaker faith and practice requires immersion in a community that is spiritually grounded, open, and inviting.
Resources for Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups
Welcoming Friends are aware of and sensitive to issues of bias, racism, and other divisions that can be barriers to full participation in our meetings and our society.
Welcoming Friends serve as a gateway for newcomers into a Quaker community, offering spiritual hospitality, helping build relationships, and attending to the varying needs of newcomers. Being drawn into the life of the community promotes spiritual growth and increases the likelihood that newcomers will remain active within the Quaker faith.
Welcoming Friends help newcomers learn how to encounter and go deeper into Quaker practice and faith and serve as a person of whom a newcomer might ask questions and from whom they might seek spiritual nurture.
The Grow Our Meetings Resource & Activity Toolkit offers practical, hands-on resources that can jumpstart a meeting on the path to greater health and vitality. Friends can use the toolkit to explore all of the ways that a meeting can grow -- through inreach, outreach, and welcoming and integrating newcomers into the life of the meeting.