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November's Monthly Readings


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Is your way of life in keeping with the teaching of Jesus? Do you watch against conformity to commonly-accepted standards, and against the love of ease and self-indulgence which hinders your spiritual growth and service for Christ?

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If pressure is brought upon you to lower your standard of integrity, are you prepared to resist it? Our responsibilities to God and our neighbour may involve us in taking unpopular stands. Do not let the desire to be sociable or fear of seeming peculiar, determine your decisions.

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BBC Radio Show on George Fox and the Quakers

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Released On: 05 Apr 2012 Available for over a year
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the origins of Quakerism. In the mid-seventeenth century an itinerant preacher, George Fox, became the central figure of a group known as the Religious Society of Friends, whose members believed it was possible to obtain contact with Christ without priestly intercession. The Quakers, as they became known, rejected the established Church and what they saw as the artificial pomp and artifice of its worship. They argued for religious toleration and for the equality of men and women. Persecuted for many years, particularly after the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, the Quakers survived to become an influential religious group, known for their pacifism and philanthropy. With:Justin ChampionProfessor of the History of Early Modern Ideas at Royal Holloway, University of LondonJohn CoffeyProfessor of Early Modern History at the University of LeicesterKate PetersFellow in History at Murray Edwards College at the University of Cambridge.Producer: Thomas Morris

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b01f67y4?fbclid=IwAR1-6a4aNBXXcqokYPYeX0mRnIub6vBvBHp5CnzC5ej31ll3d_3sUDik1Cc

Musings From A Quaker Bonnet

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The first that enters into the place of your meeting turn in thy mind to the light and wait upon God singly, as if none were present but the Lord; and here thou art strong. Then the next that comes, let them in simplicity of heart sit down and turn into the same light, and wait in the Spirit; and so all the rest coming in, in the fear of the Lord, sit down in pure stillness and silence of all flesh, and wait in the light. Those, who are brought to a pure, still waiting upon God in the Spirit, are come nearer to the Lord than words are: for God is a Spirit, and in the spirit is He worshipped. In such a meeting there will be an unwillingness to part asunder, being ready to say in yourself, it is good to be here: and this is the end of all words and writings to bring people to the eternal, living Word.

From epistle written in 1660 by Alexander Parker

Lunchtime Meeting for Worship

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Lunchtime Monthly Meeting for Worship followed by a short social period. The 1st Thursday of every month at 12 Noon

Takes place via Zoom
Meeting ID: 461 319 5026
Password: 143412

October's Monthly Readings


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Cherish the privilege of communion with God through prayer and worship, being mindful to express praise and thanksgiving.

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The Religious Society of Friends is rooted in Christianity and has always found inspiration in the life and teachings of Jesus. How do you interpret your faith in the light of this heritage? How does Jesus speak to you today? Are you following Jesus’ example of love in action? Are you learning from his life the reality and cost of obedience to God? How does his relationship with God challenge and inspire you?

BYM - Advices and Queries

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Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) invites every Quaker meeting and church from around the world to celebrate WORLD QUAKER DAY (WQD) on October 4, 2020. As the sun rises in each area of the world we want to remember that Quakers are worshiping through every time zone, celebrating our deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions. We are united in love and can accompany each other on this special day that draws us together. As we worship, let us hold each other in prayer and thanksgiving, and let our hymns of praise resound across the world. The theme, What does it mean to be a Quaker today? Living into a Faithful Life in a Changing World’ draws us to reflect upon our shared and differing experiences of being a Quaker around to world. It is a chance to celebrate our wonderful diversity of expression, whilst at the same time offering an important opportunity to learn about Friends’ experiences of climate breakdown in other parts of the world.

We hope you will share your WORLD QUAKER DAY experiences with FWCC. It can be very simple — a description, a poem, a few photos, or even a short video taken via a mobile phone. We will post it for other Friends around the world to see.

For example, this year the FWCC Africa Section will be planting more than five thousand tree seedlings at the Farmers Training Centre located in Lugari Yearly Meeting, Kenya!

Our vision is for Friends to have access to a montage of activity of all sorts via FWCC’s websites and the FWCC World Office Facebook page.
Email any items to us with WQD as the subject.

Imagine the sun rising, starting in the Pacific and proceeding hour by hour through every time zone, shining on Friends coming together in worship, connecting us across the expanse of a day. Imagine our family of Friends, in the unity of God’s loving spirit, bringing each other into our collective awareness. Imagine this loving presence hugging the world, healing the world, loving the world — through our collective spirit-filled lives. Many thanks!

Job Opportunities

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JOB DESCRIPTION FOR THE PART-TIME POSITION OF YOUTH CO-ORDINATORS WITH THE IRELAND YEARLY MEETING OF THE RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIEND
JOB TITLE: Youth Co-ordinator x 3

RESPONSIBLE TO: Yearly Meetings Committee in Ireland, through the Youth Co-ordinator Support Group

HOURS: There are 6 hours allocated per week to be worked flexibly over the year to meet the requirements of the post ie. some activities will require greater time while other times of the year will be quiet

JOB PURPOSE:

The Youth Co-ordinators within the Yearly Meeting of Ireland will work in partnership with parents and Preparative Meetings to support the spiritual growth of our young people. They need to be sensitive to all viewpoints among Friends and as such need to be able to promote the spiritual journey and exploration for all. The outcome of a Youth Co-ordinator’s work should include the nurturing of our young people both socially and spiritually in an environment of openness and integrity which we hope will strengthen the Yearly Meeting in Ireland’s future.

Key Tasks

Develop consistent and regular contact with Young Friends in Ireland, identifying their needs and responding to these through the provision of events, gatherings and other opportunities for them to feel and be part of the Society of Friends in Ireland.
To provide space for the spiritual development and exploration of Quakerism among Young Friends.
To attend relevant meetings of the Youth Support Committee, Education committee and IYMC on a rotational basis
To be a leader on ensuring our responsibilities re Child Safeguarding are followed
To facilitate and provide training to young adults, parents and others who wish to become youth leaders
To assist with national events, including Youth Programme at IYM and other residentials, ensuring Young Friends from all over the country get to meet, have fun and explore their Quakerism in an open, trusting and fun way.
To ensure all records and administrative tasks are carried out including providing reports when required.
To liaise with the other two co-ordinators in the carrying out of this work.
To establish links with other Churches, organisations and relevant agencies
Informal enquires should be made to: Sheilagh Reaper Reynolds :
hillcott12@gmail.com

Application form is available by
downloading here.

Closing date for receipt of application forms and cover letter is: Friday 25th September 2020