Quaker community: taking our commitments forward
22 December 2021 by Alistair Fuller
Friends work together to run their local and area meetings. Quaker communities thrive when communities are spirit-led, loving, all-age, and rooted in the Quaker way.Quaker Life can provide the extra things which Quaker communities may need to help them thrive.
...supporting Friends in their local organisation by providing services and advice relevant to the current needs of the Quaker community...- Qf&p 8.03
Quaker Life support for Quaker communities includes:
The Network has been developed by Quaker Life to help in its work supporting Quakers and meetings around Britain. By nurturing the connection between Friends, meetings and Quaker Life the Network helps to nourish the spiritual life of Britain Yearly Meeting.
Find more information about how you can get involved on the Quaker Life Network webpages.
The responsibility for running Local and Area Quaker meetings is held by members of the meeting. There is online guidance on the support and advice for Quaker role-holders that is available to Friends and meetings.
There is advice here for roles that you might expect but also some of the roles are less obvious to all meetings. Such as:
Outreach is about helping people to find us and, when they do, to offer them welcome, encouragement and friendship. Many meetings do outreach all year round. Quaker Week takes place each autumn. It offers a time to focus on reaching outwards and welcoming new people to meeting as well as looking inward to our own communities.
Look at the outreach and Quaker week webpages for help, advice and support on how your meeting can become an outreaching community.
Criminal records checks are just one aspect of ensuring that people working with children, young people or vulnerable adults are suitable to do so. Visit the criminal records check application process webpages to find out how to apply for a check.
All parts of Britain Yearly Meeting must follow its policies on information security and data protection which Meeting for Sufferings Committee agreed on behalf of Meeting for Sufferings in July 2003. Follow data safety support to find out more.
Look at the Property advice webpage for help, advice and support on how to look after your meeting house.
The property advice e-group supports Friends involved in looking after meeting houses and other property held by Friends. It is open to anyone, not just specialists, to join. Group members can ask questions, seek assistance and obtain guidance from the group by email. To join, visit the property advice e-group online subscription webpage.