Quaker Week (2-10 October 2021)
Quaker Week provides an opportunity each year for Quaker meetings to focus on outreach, on helping people to find us and sharing our faith with others. It is a time when we find ways to connect with others and celebrate Quaker work, faith and community.
This year's theme is hope and resilience. How do you draw strength from your faith to live equality and truth in a time of crisis? How does your Quakerism help you deal with the climate crisis? We'll also be sharing our ongoing work to become a more welcoming and inclusive community.
The current pandemic has meant that in-person meetings have been intermittent. It does not feel the right moment to plan physical outreach activities over a specific week.
Instead, Quaker Week will look a little different. There's still support for outreach activities that Quaker meetings are undertaking via firstname.lastname@example.org – be this through Zoom, social media or whatever Covid-safe in-person activities are possible.
Keep an eye on Quakers in Britain's social media (@BritishQuakers) that will be sharing stories and resources about Quakers that you may want to share. If you want to do your own Quaker Week social media use #QuakerWeek.
World Quaker Day
Sunday 3 October 2021 is World Quaker Day. The theme this year is Resilience and hope: Drawing strength from our Quaker faith. The aim is to share reflections with Friends around the world. You can find resources at: www.worldquakerday.org/resources/.
World Quaker Day falls within Quaker Week this year. Quaker Week draws on this theme to focus on outreach.
Preparation for outreach
When preparing for outreach, it might be a time for your community to reflect; what does it mean for us to live as Quakers today? See Being Friends Together, particularly step 1, 2 and 3 on the 'Knowing Each Other in the Things that are Eternal...and Everyday' pathway for support doing this.
If you are not sure how to introduce Quaker faith to enquirers, the information on the About Quaker's page may be helpful. Find simple descriptions of how we worship, what we do, how we are organised and how people can become a Quaker.
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
There are two pages on this website where you can browse and download digital outreach material:
If you need paper copies of materials, please get in touch at email@example.com. and we will try to send out postal copies.
Outreach Facebook group
The Quaker Life Network Social Media Cluster is a Facebook group for Quakers running social media accounts on behalf of their meeting or Quaker organisation. Friends share insights and ask questions on best practice. Join the cluster on Facebook.
Woodbrooke have organised a range of online worship opportunities during the last year. Visit the Woodbrooke worship page for information. It's an ideal space for enquirers and many first-time worshippers attend.
The Quaker Way Woodbrooke course is for those relatively new to Quakers who wish to find out more.
The in-person sessions of Quaker Quest at Friends House are currently suspended. However, a lively Zoom session is available from 7–8.30pm every Monday evening. Enquirers can sign up through Meet Up. Quakers interested in setting up this sort of outreach activity can get in touch with Zoom Quaker Quest at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be welcome to arrange to come along to a session to observe and get ideas for their own outreach initiatives.
Other outreach initiatives
Various other outreach initiatives are in the pipeline. Those wishing to be involved can contact: email@example.com.
Share your stories with us
We are always keen to hear from Quakers about different outreach ideas and initiatives. Please do get in touch to tell us what you're planning, and especially what you've experimented with during lockdown and what online outreach can look like. You can get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.