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Painswick Gathering May 2024

 

 

We gathered at Painswick Meeting on 11th May under glorious blue sky and sun shine, to hear about the life of George Fox as well as the lived spiritual experiences of a Painswick Friend, who shared his music, his story and his heart. This was followed by refreshments and conversation and we left wondering we were weren't doing this sort of thing more often.

The Loving Earth Project

The Loving Earth Project is a community textile project started by a few Quakers in 2019. It spread widely and has generated international interest. By the time COP26 was held in Glasgow in 2021, over 400 panels with associated texts, celebrating some of the wonderful things threatened by environmental breakdown, had been made. Loving Earth Project was listed among “the best cultural events in Scotland for COP26”. An edited version of one of the panels is below.

The Project invites us to reflect on such questions as:

  • Is there someone, something, or somewhere you know and love that’s endangered by environmental breakdown? 
  • How does your lifestyle contribute to that danger? 
  • What could you do to help reduce that risk? 
  • What are you doing? 

As a result people have been able to engage creatively and constructively with the issues, without being overwhelmed by them.

From mid-February to mid-March 2023 a selection of Loving Earth Panels was exhibited at Portcullis House in the Houses of Parliament. Some Nailsworth Quakers heard this being discussed on the Sunday programme on Radio 4 and decided to bring the exhibition to Nailsworth.  As the panels are loaned a month, Cheltenham and Gloucester Meeting have decided to also host the exhibition. Dates and further details are in the Events pages, and in the calendar on quaker.app.

Quaker Camp

Gloucestershire Area Meeting Quaker Camp is back at the popular site near Charmouth this year from 5th-12th August. We get together for a fantastic week of communal living, working and worshiping together, plus a lot of play too! Come for a few days or the whole week and bring your tent. Everyone is made welcome and included in the camp activities. Join us for Quaker meeting each day, trips to the beach, communal meals, fun crafts, games, singing around the campfire and more. New campers are always welcome just get in touch with the Camp Convener, Nicola Muller.

Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Cirencester Meeting House

Cirencester Quakers are celebrating the 350th Anniversary of their Meeting House on Thomas Street with an ambitious programme of events including a play and an exhibition as well as opportunities to visit the Meeting House and the Quiet Garden behind it. You can find notes on the history of the Meeting House and of Quakers in Cirencester, together with the programme of events here.

Cirencester Quakers join World Prayer Day

Cirencester Quakers have invited Christians in Cirencester to worship with them at their Meeting House on Thomas Street on World Day of Prayer (Friday 3 March 2023), at 10.30 am.

They write "We will be part of a huge wave of prayer which circles the earth for at least 38 hours. It
begins at dawn in Western Samoa and Tonga in the Pacific Ocean and ends at dusk in
American Samoa.

"Each year the service is written by the Christian women of a different country. This year is
the turn of Taiwan, a country that has for many years been caught in a superpower struggle.
The people of Taiwan are very much in need of our prayers at this time.

"Our worship will include letters of encouragement for women who face suffering and
injustice. These stories of faith focus on issues that are shared by women and girls around
the world and that continue to challenge us to prayerful action.

"We thank the Christian women of Taiwan for this service and pray that our response will be
affirmative and constructive as we commit ourselves to positive prayerful action."

 

Concern on Treatment of Refugees

The four Quaker Meetings in the Stroud area have come together to express their deep concern about the treatment of refugees in this country. In a letter published today(7 November 2022) in the Stroud News and Journal, the clerks of the four meetings say:

It is surely a matter of shame that a country which prides itself on treating people in a humane and civilised way can submit desperate refugees arriving on our shores to such degrading and inhumane treatment as that reported at the Manston holding centre this last week.

They call on Stroud MP Siobhan Bailey to:

• speak out against present injustices

• call for a complete overhaul of Home Office culture and practice and

• press for a genuine new commitment to developing safe routes

Warm Space at Cheltenham Meeting House

Cheltenham Quakers are hosting a community kitchen at their Meeting House on Warwick Place. The kitchen operates once a month to offer visitors food on a "pay as you can" basis. It doubles as a "warm space" where people can go during the cold weather. There is more information about this and similar initiatives by other Quaker Meetings on the Britain Yearly Meeting website.

New Home for Forest Meeting

During the first half of 2022, Forest of Dean meeting has made big changes. Clerk Dorothy Cardus writes:  ‘We had already agreed that we needed to find a different meeting place, especially one where we could welcome families with children. After trialling two possible local places, we eventually discerned that Yorkley Community Centre “ticked all the boxes” for us. In addition, it is situated in an area with a young profile where we might attract families.We plan to start offering Children’s Meetings later in the year’.


Weekly Meeting for worship at 10.30am on Sundays has begun – blending online with in-person facilities and refreshments afterwards. Lillian Dermody and Janet Berney are pictured here after Meeting for Worship in the Centre on Sunday 10th July.


Contact Dorothy on dorocardus@hotmail.co.uk for any queries. 

New address:

The Community Centre Yorkley

2 Bailey Hill, 

Yorkley

Lydney

GL15 4RS

Area Meeting at Nailsworth

About 18 Friends gathered for Gloucestershire Area Meeting at Nailsworth Friends Meeting House on Saturday 9 July, and a further seven Friends joined them on Zoom.

The agenda included the development of the AM website, the draft of our revised safeguarding policy and procedures, a report on Meeting for Sufferings and a report from our Custodian of Records. We also heard a report on the life of Nailsworth Meeting.

The next Area Meeting will be on the afternoon of Sunday 11 September, also at Nailsworth, with Wotton meeting taking responsibility for clerking.

Area Meeting dates for the rest of the year are Saturday 8 October in Stroud and Saturday 10 December in Painswick.