Diary

CHESTERFIELD QUAKER MEETING DIARY MAY 2019

At the Meeting House in May

Meeting for Worship every Sunday at 10.30 am.

Sunday 5th

12.15

Local Meeting for Business

Monday 13th

7.30pm

Fellowship Group John Gratton (1642 – 1712) Quaker Preacher and Writer

Stuart Randall

Saturday 18th

10.30 – 12.30

12.45

2 pm

Drinks from 10. Meeting of Area Meeting Elders and Overseers (See below for programme)

Shared Vegetarian Lunch

Area Meeting

Sunday 19th

12.30

Shared Vegetarian Lunch followed by discussion about a Children’s Meeting Programme

Thursday 23rd

7.30pm

Spirituality Group held at Jan’s house

Sunday 26th

9.30 to 10.15

Quaker Faith & Practice Group from Ch 3.10

Wednesday 29th

2.30pm

Premises Committee Meeting

NOTE – there is no meeting of the Singing Before Meeting group in May – next meeting 12th June at 9.30 am.

No Fellowship Group on 27th May – see below for details of visit to Bradford Peace Museum on 1st June 2019.

14th May 2019 at Bakewell Meeting House 7 to 9.30 pm

Building Peace Together

A workshop with the Northern Friends Peace Board led by Philip Austin, Lyn Pardo and Suzanne Wilson

This workshop aims to support participants in working together for peace, building on resources that we have and exploring how we can engage more widely.

Refreshments from 6.30pm.

Programme for Elders and Overseers Meeting 18th May 2019

10.30 Worship

10.45 Building community at local and area level: each LM to report on their approach. This would also double as the ‘reports from meetings’ slot.

11.30 Three breakout groups, each to consider one of:

  • Remembrance Sunday: what is, or should be, our approach?

  • How do we organise oversight and pastoral care?

  • What is our experience of midweek, satellite and other non-Sunday meetings for worship?

12 noon Brief report back

12.15 Funerals: Proposal that each Local Meeting appoints a Friend [often an Elder] to be the lead contact for funerals, so that there is an identifiable funerals network to share experience throughout the Area

12.30 Grants policy. Alison Gray, AM Treasurer, to explain the new grants policies

12.45 Any other issues. Summer social event/picnic. Next meeting Nottingham 9th November.

Saturday 1st June 2019 Fellowship Group Visit to the Peace Museum in Bradford

The Peace Museum, Bradford, is the only accredited museum of its kind in the UK and is a member of the International Network of Museums for Peace. With a collection of over 7000 items, there is much to explore! 

The Museum will be open from 11 to 3pm and a guided tour will be provided from 11.30am. There will also be an opportunity to walk the Bradford Peace Trail.

For further details including travel and lunch arrangements see our meeting notice board.

Note there are 60 steps to reach the museum entrance.

For more information see the Peace Museum website www.peacemuseum.org.uk

Thursday June 6th at the Bamford Quaker Community.

An evening with Andrew Murphy on the life and times of William Penn.

5.30pm Arrivals with contributions for a bring and share high tea at 6pm.

7pm for 7.30pm Talk

We know William Penn as the English gentleman who turned Quaker and was famously told by George Fox to ‘wear thy sward as long as thou can’st . . .’ but his influence on the development of Quakerism was vast. The state name of Pennsylvania is testament to his wide ranging ministry, which was characterised by the way he lived his faith. It will be fascinating to find out more about the life and work of this important Quaker from a different perspective.

Andrew Murphy is an American Professor of Political Science and will be taking up a post at Virginia Commonwealth University from this autumn. He has written extensively on the theory and practice of religious liberty in England and America from his first book, Conscience and Community: Revisiting Toleration and Religious Dissent in Early Modern England and America  (2001), to his most recent: William Penn: A Life (2018). His research has also explored the interconnections between religion and American politics.

Please let Jeni Edwards of Bakewell Meeting know if you plan to attend, as space is limited.

We will arrange car shares from Chesterfield Meeting House.

We have recently added Andrew Murphy’s new book to our meeting library.

William Penn
William Penn