Friends General Conference

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Meeting Resource

Resources for Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups

Intergenerational Community - the 12 How-To's

This resource provides leaflets to give advice to meetings wishing to build intergenerational community.

These leaflets are easy to use literature that you can print and distribute at any meeting location. These leaflets are taken from the Build It! Toolkit, a resource available from Quaker books of FGC. They are designed to give some key suggestions for nurturing a healthy and diverse meeting community of all ages.

An Explanation of Letters of Introduction, Travel Minutes, and Endorsements

 

The following resources explain some of the forms of communication written on behalf of a traveling Friend, and written communication from the meeting he or she is visiting.

Letters of Introduction

A “letter of introduction” is a communication signed by the clerk of a monthly meeting that identifies the person who is traveling as a Friend or regular attender in good standing.

Silent Worship and Quaker Values

If you have never before attended an unprogrammed Friends (Quaker) meeting for worship, your first meeting may surprise you.

While all Quakers meet in worship to hear more clearly God's "still small voice" (1 Kings 19:12), Friends in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition base our worship entirely on expectant waiting. We take the Psalmist's advice literally: "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).

Basics for Newcomers

The following paragraphs are slightly adapted from FGC's set of newcomer cards for visitors to Quaker meetings.

You are Welcome Here!

We come together in worship 

  • To listen to God 
  • To know and be known by God 
  • To grow in our faith
  • To be changed
  • To support each other, and
  • To help one another do what God asks us to do

Our time together looks like

Worship Sharing Guidelines

Worship sharing focuses on a particular question and helps us to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in “that which is eternal.”

The guidelines for worship sharing have been evolving among Friends for the past half century, drawing on a number of different sources. Click under "Files" below to download suggested guidelines.

Building a Friends Meeting

There is more to a Friends meeting than an hour of silent worship on Sundays. A vital meeting challenges us to spiritual growth every day of the week. It gathers us into a loving, supportive fellowship. It creates sacred space in which we can find healing, strength, and vision. It sends us out into the world to serve and to witness to the possibility of transformation, peace, and divine love.

Quaker Toolbox

The summary pieces collected here will provide a simple introduction to some Quaker ways of worship, decision making and community building. They may be especially useful in new worship groups where few of the attenders are experienced Friends. The final piece addresses the relationship between a meeting and the worship group(s) under its care, since many meetings are not experienced in this area. These pieces only pick out some highlights, drawing on a rich literary tradition.

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