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

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Yes I agree about baked potatoes. I didn’t think to ask for gluten free because there have always been potatoes. They did have gf bread but the sandwiches they produced on the spot were disappointing. Lacking the good looking filling of the ordinary sandwiches. Dry. Meagre. All that said I enjoyed the knowledge and intelligence of Stuart. It was a good presentation by a pleasant presenter. Maybe there could be more slots for fun and socialising but all in all it was a very good day.