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Area Meeting update and notices

  • We were glad to welcome 28 Friends to May’s Area Meeting in Worcester with representatives from Bewdley, Malvern, Shrewsbury, Telford, and Worcester.
  • It was interesting to learn of how Worcester LM put their faith into action during the pandemic, using both the meeting house and virtual meeting space to host various awareness raising Arts events.
  • Friends heard reports from Area Meeting representatives who attended Young Friends General Meeting, Quaker Life Representative Council and the QCCIR conference held at Woodbrooke. There was some concern expressed about declining attendance and the difficulty of filling roles, but also optimism at the opportunities for simplifying our meetings. As well as reflecting on our commitment to anti-racism, Friends at the QCCIR conference also reflected on how Quakers might best respond to a time of heightened conflict, injustice, and climate catastrophe.
  • Trustees presented the Annual Report to Friends, and we were reminded of how the Area Meeting responded to the pandemic by increasing its technical expertise so that meeting could continue in person, online and as blended worship. We also heard of how our constituent Local Meetings spread the message of Quakerism and work to relief suffering.
  • In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to join one of several small groups, with activities including a discussion on prepared ministry, reflection and colouring to Celtic harp music, circle dancing, and a walk around Worcester’s historic sites.

Notices:

  • If you are interested in joining the online Wednesday evening AM Meeting for Worship, 7.30-8.00pm (even occasionally), and would like to be on the mailing list for the weekly zoom link, please contact us.
  • Crawshawbooth Meeting House, close to Pendle Hill in Lancashire, is seeking to raise funds to improve access and facilities at this grade 2* eighteenth-century listed building, which is still in regular use. For more information about plans and how to donate, see facebook.com/Crawshawboothquakers or email crawshawboothquakers@gmail.com
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), the Quaker World Relations Committee of Britain Yearly Meeting, is also making its annual appeal for funds. A letter from the FWCC Clerk is available via contact us.

Next Area Meeting

Will be held on Saturday 9 July 2022, from 11am to 3pm at Shrewsbury Quaker Meeting House. We hope this will be a ‘blended’ meeting with the option to participate online, and we also hope to make provision for children to attend at the Meeting House. As always, all members and attenders are warmly welcomed. Contact us for details.