Area Meeting Away Day – 5th October

North London Quaker Meeting will be holding an Away Day at New Barnet meeting house on Saturday 5th October.

The day will be led by Geoffrey Durham and Andy Stoller and will explore Quakers Sharing.

Bring and Share lunch from 12.00 noon.

Email Arthur Charlton to book a place if you can, or just turn up on the day if you can’t.

£10 or what you can afford.

ALL WELCOME

AM Awayday 2019 FLYER

The Trial of Penn and Meade

Come and witness an extraordinary event.

To book and for more details see the London Quaker page.

In September 1670 the Quakers William Penn and William Mead stood trial at the Old Bailey for unlawful assembly.

Friends had been locked out of their meeting house in Gracechurch Street and had met for worship in the street outside. Penn and Mead were arrested.
The editing of the original trial has been minimal. The astonishing intimidation from the Bench remains, together with the magnificent and dramatic speeches of Penn under attack. The jury refused to bring in a verdict of guilty, despite bullying from the judge. The case established the principle of jury independence.
The Government was interested in the result of this trial: it had a political dimension. And down there were twelve of the bravest people ever to sit on a jury.  All the excitement that followed the restoration of a Stuart king had largely disappeared. Once again religious observance had been shackled by statute.
And of all minority groups none were more persecuted than the Quakers – and no Quaker was more articulate than 26-year-old William Penn.
For this staged reading of the trial the roles will be taken by professional actors.
This will be followed by a discussion led by Robert McCracken QC, a member of Westminster Meeting.

To book and for more details see the London Quaker page.

Guilt and Shame – Meeting for Learning 11th Aug 2019

Our meeting for Learning on Sunday 11th August, at 12.00 noon after Meeting for Worship and refreshments/lunch, will look at Guilt and Shame.

Guilt is the feeling we get when we do something we sense is against our own, or our community’s, moral code

Shame is the feeling of worthlessness that we get for no good reason at all

Shining some Light on the darker side of human nature.

Led by Jonathan Whitson Cloud

Away Day 2019 – report

12 Stoke Newington Quakers defied the best efforts of Greater Anglia Trains to prevent us and gathered at Lee Valley YHA for the 2019 annual away day yesterday 6th July.

Stuart Masters from Woodbrooke on-the-road led us through an exploration of Quaker Spirituality in four sessions:

  1. FOUNDATIONS OF QUAKER SPIRITUALITY: THE EXERIENCE OF EARLY FRIENDS
  2. SILENCE, STILLNESS & WAITING: WORSHIP IN THE MANNER OF FRIENDS
  3. HEARTS AND MINDS PREPARED: INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE
  4. A GATHERED PEOPLE: CORPORATE DISCERNMENT AND DECISION-MAKING

Stuart has very kindly shared the materials he brought and used for the sessions as well as some additional texts. These are attached at the bottom of this post for anyone to read.

I thought this was really stimulating and appropriately, thought provoking day. As ever it was a pleasure to spend time with Stoke Newington Quakers and get to know some of them a little better. The only disappointment was the absence of the ever reliable Lee Valley YHA baked potatoes! The sandwiches were nice but … Please do add your responses to the day or the attached documents in the comments below. It would be great to hear from you. The clerks would also be vey happy to hear any reflections on this and previous Awaydays and to hear any suggestions for what we might do next year.

The children also had an exciting and fun filled day. Our thanks to Jen for again providing a lovely space for the children and allowing us parents to take part in the programme.

Links to materials:

Jonathan Whitson Cloud. 7th July 2019

Away Day 2019 – July 6th

Our annual Away Day this year, on 6th July, returns to Lee Valley Youth Hostel where we have had many a happy Away Day before.

The theme this year is Exploring Quaker Spirituality and Stuart Masters from Woodbrooke on the Road will be leading us in that.

The day is free but a donation of anything up to £15 can be made in cash on the day. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. There will be free childcare through the day.

The only requirement is to let the meeting Elders know you will be coming by dropping Jonathan an email. This would be especially welcome if you plan to bring children. Early warning of any dietary requirements would also ensure that those can be met.

The Away Day is a great opportunity to get to know each other better outside the hurly burly of after meeting refreshments and is open to absolutely anyone associated with Stoke Newington Quaker meeting whether that means you have been coming since birth or just popped in once.

The day will run from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Lee Valley Youth Hostel is a short walk from Cheshunt railway station, which is on lines out of north London towards Cambridge etc.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Jonathan Whitson Cloud

Change of Venue 5th March 2017

On Sunday 5th March 2017 our meeting for worship will be held in the Tennis Pavilion in Clissold Park instead of our usual room in Clissold House itself.
The Tennis Pavilion is located at the bottom of the park behind the smaller pond and near the Queen Elizabeth’s Walk gate.

The meeting will start as ever at 10.00am with the usual refreshments and community afterwards.

Tennis pavillion

Away Day 2016

Our annual Away Day this year, on 11th June, returns to Cheshunt Youth Hostel where we have had many a happy Away Day before.

The theme this year is Three Testimonies: truth, sustainability and community.

The cost is £10 or whatever you can afford. Lunch will be a bring and share. There will be free all age childcare through the day.

The Away Day is a great opportunity to get to know each other better outside the hurly burly of after meeting refreshments and is open to absolutely anyone associated with Stoke Newington Quaker meeting whether that means you have been coming since birth or just popped in once.

The only requirement is to let the meeting Clerk know you will be coming so drop Lucy a line at SNQ.Clerk@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing you there.

Jonathan Whitson Cloud

 

 

Welcome to the new website

Welcome to the new Stoke Newington Quaker Meeting website. The site has been created in WordPress by Jonathan Whitson Cloud and remains a work in progress. All comments are welcome to Jonathan.

Public and Private

The site has three levels of access:

Public Pages: Pages anyone can see having browsed to the site

Members Pages: Pages only visible to people who have been to the meeting a few times and made themselves known to the clerk (Members or Attenders).

Service Pages: Pages only available to those in certain service roles such as the Clerk, Elders or Overseers.

Jonathan will be giving people access to these levels as the site develops.