Resources for Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups
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.
How Not to Welcome Newcomers
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
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.