Families and children are a vital part of the Quaker community. Mel Cook shares how meetings can extend them an even warmer welcome.
Children and young people are a valued and vital part of our Quaker community.
Some Quaker meetings have vibrant children’s meetings, while others only have the occasional younger visitor. Wherever your local meeting is on this spectrum, here are some tips on making it more children and family friendly.
The new edition of SAQN is now available online. It is a special issue focusing on Equality, the theme of the SAYM 2019 being held at eMseni, just east of Johannesburg, from 17-23 April. Click HERE to access it.
The following SIGs will take place during YM 2019:
SATURDAY, 20th April
Colin Bartlett & David Jones, Milton Keynes Meeting – “Bearing witness: Quaker working retreat in Palestine-Israel.”
Pearl Lebatha, Botswana: “Kagisano Society and other peace initiatives in Botswana.”
Carol Bower, Peace Centre: “New developments in the Peace Centre”
Marie Odendaal, AVP: AVP in Southern Africa
Discussion: Building a peaceful society in Southern Africa
Paul Mooney, On LIGHT
SUNDAY, 21st April
Justine Limpitlaw, QCJ – “Shutting down or throttling Access to the Internet – what is at stake in Africa and is a Quaker response needed?” The SIG will explore examples of entire or partial internet shutdowns, so-called social-media brown-outs as well as new taxes being imposed on internet access to reduce the number of people using the internet. It will also explore whether or not Quakers have something useful to contribute and whether or not this could be something Quakers take up with other church organisations to raise voices of faith against Internet censorship.
Helen Holleman, ECQ – “Equal resources – trashing the planet to get what we want.”
Jane Dawson, BYM – “Communicating in Plain English.”
Geoff Harris, KZNQM – “Demilitarising Lesotho.”
MONDAY, 22nd April
Susan Mattingly, Nancy Fee & Janneke Weidema et al., PMM – “Climate, Sustainability and Quakers in Africa”
Thuli Mbete, WCQM – “SAYM and the wider Quaker world.”
Rory Short, QCJ – “A spiritual response to victimhood”
The Bulawayo Quaker Meeting held a memorial service for our late Friend John Schmid on Sunday 24th June 2018 at the Meeting House. It was well attended by 43 people drawn from members of the meeting, Kelita’s family members, former Hlekweni Staff and close friends of John.
Testimonies shared spoke of John’s:-
Reverence for life- as seen in his love for nature and protection for even the smallest of creatures , and very strong sentiments against war and destruction happening around the world.
Accountable leadership – as seen in his advocating for leaders to serve with integrity and transparency because they are in positions of Trust
Having a big heart- having been a father figure in the family and answering to the needs of several family members and disadvantaged communities that included refugees
Providing mentorship in BQM as a respected elder.
Our 2 Young Young Friends delivered a powerful poem about what John meant to them and what a gap he had left in their lives and in the life of the Meeting.
The Service brought to light that a life lived in simplicity and in the care of others can be so powerful.
People had an opportunity to fellowship over some refreshments served afterwards.
We each brought our friends and relations and had a record attendance of 26 at meeting for worship. We renewed contact with some lovely people we had not seen for a long time and made new contacts with equally lovely people we had never seen before. Meeting for coffee after meeting for worship was great and to prove it we include the photo of the remains of the bacchanal.