Resources for Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups
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
Starting A New Quaker Worship Group Or Meeting
Quaker Worship Group Or Meeting
This rather large pdf is part two of the publication Fostering Vital Friends Meetings. It includes many individual articles grouped into sections by subject that can be used as wonderful, indepth resources for meetings.
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Story is how we share who we are with those we love the most. We tell and listen to stories of the ordinary and the extraordinary. We delight in stories of cherished moments. We record and catalog them in words and photographs. People of all ages hunger for stories. We may ask, “What did you do at school today,” or “how was the wedding,” or “what did you do on your vacation?” Families that tell their stories are blest. The family with a rich store of tales going back many years is truly fortunate.
Chapel Hill Monthly Meeting has been blessed with the fruits of our work with the 2003 Quaker Press of FGC publication, Raising Conscientious Objector Consciousness among Our Youth, by Curt Torell and Alice Carlton. We have been using the curriculum and the handouts associated with it with our young Friends who are approaching their eighteenth birthdays and the time to sign up for selective service. These Young Friends and their parents have found all the materials helpful.
What are spiritual gifts?
Spiritual gifts are given to an individual by the Spirit to carry on behalf of a community. Some examples of spiritual gifts from the Christian New Testament are wisdom, discernment, faith, healing, miracles, and prophecy (I Corinthians 12: 7-11).
Spiritual gifts may not be the same as an individual’s skills or talents; they are essentially on loan from the Spirit. They are for the benefit of the community rather than the individual.
Informal Forms of Support for Faithfulness
Intentionally supporting one another on our spiritual journeys is a valuable Quaker practice. The following are some informal forms of support that Friends can initiate to help them be faithful and accountable in a community with others.
Spiritual friendships are formed when two people commit to supporting each other. Often they will meet together to pray for each other and to share their experiences, doubts, challenges and joys as their spiritual lives unfold.