Resurgam News

Uxbridge Quakers group on outreach and renewal
Vol 2. 11.4.18

Getting ready for 28th April Open Meeting

Resurgam met after meeting 8.4.18 where plans for our Saturday afternoon talks were made. Several Quaker meetings in the region have been invited with letters and posters, and ministers from most churches in Uxbridge as well as the Baitul Amn Islamic community based in Royal Lane Uxbridge. Publicity has gone to hirer groups of the meeting house, and Friends House are sending invitations to past enquirers with local postcodes. Publicity is going up at Brunel University and Uxbridge College. If you can think of a person or place that our invitation and poster might go to/up in and you don't have a poster please ask at the meeting house or download them from the following webpages - letter ---- poster
The meeting format has been discussed and although we have ambitious more open arrangements in the future where an exhibition can be run in parallel to events in the large meeting house, with more of a continuous presence outside the meeting with guides on hand, refreshments etc., a pragmatic decision was taken that with a smaller staff we will arrange for the one meeting to start shortly after 2pm which will run through to the end around 4, after which refreshments will be provided and there will be a chance for a look at our current history of the meeting house exhibition and further informal discussion.

See below for a rough outline of the afternoon's setup:

    Programme 28.4.18

  • 1400 Guests arrive, shown around meeting house & mini-exhibition
  • 1415 Our three Speakers give 15-20 minute presentations each
  • 1500 Time for reflection, discussion and debate
  • 1600 meeting breaks for refreshments and informal discussion, conversations with local Friends around exhibition and outreach material.
Calling Uxbridge Friends! We need people to look after this event: help catering (tea & coffees), help curating the exhibition and as guides and welcomers, and help setting up before and after - please indicate your intention to take part at meeting or by email ASAP
the Peace Pledge Union: working for peace since 1934

Working on our history

Friends are gathering bits of historical material form various sources and have sought help from local historians for advice.

The aim is to produce a body of new material which might form a large pamphlet or a booklet which would be used in our celebration of 200 years of our current meeting house this year. This body of work would also enable us to expand and renew our current history exhibition boards with new graphics and photos. An oral history project is also envisaged with Friends sharing their knowledge and experience of the meeting's history. Please tell us if you have material or experience you can share.

Meeting Houses of London -
the challenge 

London West Area Meeting (LWAM)  has appointed a Property Strategy Group (PSG) to investigate and engage with local meetings, including  'Ensure that the use of our meeting houses is considered from all perspectives taking into account not only the financial and human cost in managing our meeting houses but their positive or negative contribution to the overall life of each LM, including outreach'.

All are encouraged to attend a visit of two PSG Friends to our meeting house on Sunday the 22nd April after meeting for one hour where matters relating to our meeting house and our relation to it in terms of worship and our ministry will be discussed. A copy of the agenda and associated LWAM minutes are available at meeting and can be downloaded here.

We are in again this September!

We are as a meeting in the process of registration for the massive London-wide architectural and cultural extravaganza that is Open House London and that brings scores of visitors to our meeting house with interest in our history and Quakerism in general. This year's dates are the 22nd and 23rd September.

Please think now about being available to take part in making our entry the best ever this year by getting involved as a guide or as  other support.

Learn more about Open House London here. 
Other stuff ahead:
Keep your Marigolds, dusters, secateurs and spray polish on standby! 

Before our June local Churches Together AGM/Lunch event  -when we hope to have a  renewed exhibition out - and definitely before Open House London we're going to need at least one Big Clean .... a team effort with another of our famous working parties and lunch. The expected vacation of major hirers this Summer will also leave much to do.
Just to keep you primed for this I've added a mini-gallery of brave Friends last September giving the old place some TLC.... 
Don't forget our study group program!

We have short study groups after meeting at 12 noon - followed by a shared lunch for those who wish

2nd Sunday of the month alternating between:

Harvey Gillman’s book ‘Words’: Next event – 13th May
'Friendly Bible Study' : Next - 10th June

Uxbridge Quakers website - events and notices
From Quaker Life Ministry and Outreach this month....

You may have read or heard about the Young Quaker Podcast which has had a lot of coverage from the BBC, as well as the Guardian and Telegraph. Their 'silent podcast' has captured the imagination of local and national media! 

Jessica and Joe from the podcast talk on BBC Radio Nottingham about how they came to Quakerism, and how silence plays a role in their faith: 
Listen to the young quaker podcast
Read my copy of the Quaker Life Network Outreach Newsletter

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