Getting involved this Quaker Week
Quaker Week is a time to celebrate Quaker work, faith and community. No matter who you are you can get involved! Individuals can use social media to share and connect using #QuakerWeek and #QuakerStories. Quaker meetings, schools and other Quaker venues can take this opportunity to put on a public event. Quaker Week might just be a time for your community to reflect; what is our story? See Being Friends Together, particularly step 1, 2 and 3 on the 'Knowing Each Other in the Things that are Eternal...and Everyday' path way for support doing this.
Tips for planning a Quaker Week event
- Consider your audience. Think about what kind of event will feel interesting and welcoming for people in your wider community. Ideas to get you started include a bring and share evening, a family film screening, a meeting for worship, or a history tour.
- Book a speaker. Talks are great for livening things up. Many BYM staff are available to give talks during Quaker Week. Topics include Quaker history, Quaker faith, and Quaker work relating to peace, sustainability, and equality. Contact email@example.com to find out more..
- Inform local reporters. Send information about your event to local newspapers and radio stations. BYM Press Officer Anne van Staveren can help meetings arrange interviews to publicse events. Contact her on 020 7663 1048 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not sure how to introduce Quaker faith to enquirers, the information on this website may be useful. Find simple descriptions of how we worship, what we do, how we are organised and how people can become a Quaker. Visit the About Quakers page.
Outreach is for me an invitation to others to join us in our way of worship and response to life which are so important to us that we wish to share them... It does not depend on rewards or threats, but on the active acceptance of those who see it as truth.Edrey Allott, 1990, Quaker faith & practice 28.09
Leaflets for newcomers, enquirers and Quaker communities are available to meetings through the Quaker Centre Bookshop and online downloads. View the materials on offer and place an order.
Outreach Facebook group
The Quaker Life Network Social media Cluster is Facebook group for Quakers running social media account s on behalf of their meeting or Quaker organisation. Friends share insights and ask questions on best practice. Join the cluster on Facebook.
Weekend events for newcomers
These weekend events are for people who know little or nothing about Quakers, and for those who have been around Quakers a while and want to explore further. Share them with people curious about core Quaker beliefs, who wish to experience Quaker worship and hear from Quakers how they live their lives.
Experienced facilitators from the Quaker Quest (offsite link) team guide these events. They encourage attendees to reflect, ask questions and share thoughts with others. Details about Charney Manor events here (offsite link).