SOUTH BELFAST QUAKERS

That of God in everyone

THE SOUTH BELFAST WORSHIP SHARING GROUP

The Worship Sharing group started in South Belfast over nine years ago with a small group of Friends and attenders. At first it followed the traditional method of Worship Sharing with each contribution being usually limited to one per person and surrounded by silence. However, as the group grew together, another pattern emerged. Also it was considered that a focus was needed. For a period of several years that focus was the psalms.

We often found that the psalms ‘spoke to our condition’. The psalmists were dealing with worship, joy, pain, doubt, hope, fear both for the individual and the community, and as individuals and communities we are all dealing with a world that is demanding, often in surprisingly similar ways. We repeatedly found that their experiences, and their response to them, echoed and challenged our own.

But eventually we agreed to move to the Gospel of John, but with the freedom to refer back to passages in the Old Testament when it seems helpful. Early Friends approached scripture not to do a critical analysis but as fellow travellers with experience of seeking and attempting to live in obedience to the leading and love of God. Our years with the psalms have shown the truth of their experience and this awareness continues and grows as we consider John and other passages together.

The time now begins with a period of 20 minutes silent worship after reading from the chosen passage together around the group, frequently from widely ranging translations. After that we talk and listen together, finally ending with another short period of silence.

[The group normally meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm and the passage to be read together can be found month by month]

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MYRA SKIPPER

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THE WALKING GROUP

The walking group usually meets every second Sunday of even months. We are an energetic group of walkers and we usually go down to the Mournes. The best way to find out when the next walk is and where it is heading to, is to speak to Alice Clark after meeting or you can email her at the following address aclark45@hotmail.com and she will be happy to answer any questions you might have

Walking path

THE BOOK GROUP

The Book Group came together from an idea brought forward at Quaker Quest. It has proved useful for new Attenders to get to know others in a less formal setting but with the purpose of enjoying the challenge of reading and discussing books they may not have normally considered reading.

The Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 7.30pm in the Meeting House from September to May. We start with a ‘cuppa’ and biscuits followed by a lively discussion about the book we have read. We try to take it in turns to pick a book but this isn’t a rigid rule and if someone has read something of particular interest we may go with that. The only proviso is that the book is available in Libraries and that the person choosing the book should come on the night and be responsible for bringing milk and biscuits!

The book to be read each month is advertised on the Library page of the website. It is also included in the Meeting Notices by the Clerk. Everyone is welcome to attend and the contact people are Colette McGinnity and Joan Huddleston should you require further information.

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