Friends have a unique way of doing business rooted in attentiveness and in listening to the promptings of the Spirit. The primary goal is to worship together in discerning the will of God for the meeting. The following resources will help your meeting in doing that.
Resources for Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups
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.
AND IN CASE IT ISN'T OBVIOUS, FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE REALLY WANTS TO BE THERE FOR YOU. SO BE SURE AND CHECK OUT THE VARIOUS RESOURCES OFFERED THROUGH OUR HOME SITE.
Worship is at the heart of the Quaker way. Below are resources to deepen this vital spiritual experience.
Friends, as we live up to our name, want visitors to feel welcome. First, of course, it is necessary to know who is a newcomer. Various meetings have found other ways to identify and meet the needs of newcomers. Below are some tools growing out of their experiences.
Outreach and publicity are about sharing our spiritual search and insights with those who want to listen. For Quakers, outreach and publicity are not about converting people, but rather about helping them understand what we value, do, and how we seek to support each other in living out our faith. Our role is to encourage, resource and help build the confidence of Quakers in our corporate responsibility of speaking about our faith and the way we work and worship together. Below are tools that will help your worship group or meeting do the vital work of outreach and publicity.
Called LIGHT AND LIVELIES in AVP Training
These are some that we have found to work well in Junior Gathering Groups.
Obviously they are not all appropriate for all age groups.
Generally speaking, Light and Livelies provide energizing activity and/or humor to balance sedentary activities and emotionally "heavy" exercises. They are the icebreakers and community builders.
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.
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, THEN, IS NOT SOMETHING WE DO BUT IS A STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS WHICH WE ENTER WHICH BRINGS US INTO COMMUNION WITH THE LIVING PRESENCE.
WORSHIP IS AT THE HEART OF THE QUAKER WAY.
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. THEY VITALITY OF YOUR MEETING OR WORSHIP GROUP AND THE WAYS YOU INFORM NEWCOMERS ABOUT YOUR FAITH AFFECT THEIR DECISIONS WHETHER TO RETURN OR NOT, AS DO THEIR FEELINGS OF WELCOME AND ACCEPTANCE. MOST IMPORTANT THOUGH IS THE QUALITY OF WORSHIP. QUAKERS OFFER A FORM OF WORSHIP THAT IS DISTINCT FROM OTHER FAITHS.
THE ROLE OF OUTREACH
OUTREACH AND PUBLICITY ARE ABOUT SHARING OUR SPIRITUAL SEARCH AND INSIGHTS WITH THOSE WHO WANT TO LISTEN. FOR QUAKERS, OUTREACH AND PUBLICITY ARE NOT ABOUT CONVERTING PEOPLE, BUT RATHER ABOUT HELPING THEM UNDERSTAND WHAT WE VALUE, DO, AND HOW WE SEEK TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN LIVING OUT OUR FAITH. OUR ROLE IS TO ENCOURAGE, RESOURCE AND HELP BUILD THE CONFIDENCE OF QUAKERS IN OUR CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY OF SPEAKING ABOUT OUR FAITH AND THE WAY WE WORK AND WORSHIP TOGETHER.