romford round up

awareness acknowledgement acceptance action

a poem for your perusal

February 2021

21 February 2021

thank you friends who joined us this morning for worship. It was good to see people we hadn’t seen for a while and babies too.

As the crocuses and daffodils are blooming, it is a welcome reminder for us about our plans to rewild the garden at Friend’s House.

By creating a wildflower patch, creating a community peace sensory garden and planting a tree from the Green Legacy Hiroshima project 8 mins. Listen to them in Japan Hiroshama trees of hope 9 mins. Take a look at our tree talks or craftivism page

If possible please start to collect seeds, try usual avenues plus seed swaps collectives allotments friends and family.

Watch 8 mins animation of Setsuko Thurlow’s speech, a survivor of Japan’s atomic bomb. Take a look at our world peace page

We will discuss more about this on 6 March business meeting after worship amongst other things.

The Better Angels of Our Nature and the Last World War is a lecture offered by Steven Pinker on Wednesday 24 February 5pm -7pm free book here

Anything that alights your imagination for the woodbrooke courses please contact Rose or Nora for help with payment for courses take a look at our what’s on page

Starting on Tuesday, 2 March 2021, there will be a new weekly opportunity for Quakers across London to worship and talk together. Read more here or scroll down. Take a look at our Quake page

Any poems for our poem at the top of the page and the friends house notice board please send to romford clerk team we aim to change fortnightly.

World beyond war is offering a six week online course War abolition 101 1 March – 11 April sliding scale tickets most economical approx £36 book here

14 February 2021

thank you friends who joined us for worship on another crisp morning

News from Quaker Voluntary Action QVA

In the new socially distanced era we need to work ever harder to maintain and grow connectedness. So our retreats
for 2021 take up this theme, exploring connections between spirit and action
between individuals and perhaps most
urgently of all, between people and the natural world that support us.”
read more and about forthcoming retreats here

Quaker winter warmers poetry to share link for Tuesday 16 ‘Doors’ will open at 7.20 pm for a 7.30pm start. ‘when we will be hearing poetry that has brought Friends comfort and joy in these challenging times led by Peter Green. Please do come along’

Experiments of light 19 Feb 7.30-9.30pm link for Friday Read an article about The Foundational and Spiritual Practice of Opening to Deep Silence (page 14) by our friend Angela from Leigh on Sea or scroll down for more info take a look at our inner peace page

Quakers in Britain invite you to ‘Quaker Question Time’ – an opportunity for Friends to discuss politics, religion and everything in between with member of the House of Lords, social justice campaigner, and former government minister Sayeeda Warsi more info here

take a look at our regularly updated what’s on page for this weeks events

anything that alights your imagination for the woodbrooke courses please contact Rose or Nora for help with payment for courses

Remembering resistance offers an engaging interactive fun and free on line active citizenship course take it here

take a look at our craftivisim page

7 February 2021

thank you friends who joined us for worship this chilly morning

we were sad to hear of our friend Audrey from Leigh on Sea recent passing feel free to light a candle on our inner peace page

anything that alights your imagination for the woodbrooke courses please contact Rose or Nora for help with payment for courses

take a look at our regularly updated what’s on page

more info on sensory gardens take a look at our climate question page

Quaker Social action – Rising minds have offered a useful mini ABC guide to mindfulness take a look at our everyone cares page for more or scroll down

Rising minds This way Up are also offering 6 week programme of professional life coaching and stress-reduction techniques to help low-income people struggling with difficult circumstances or past experiences. Take a look at our everyone cares page or scroll down

Women in the early quaker movement by Stuart Masters available on the Quake page

North East Thames Area Meeting Highlights

Priorities of Britain Yearly Meeting Trustees:

Thriving Quaker Communities.

A Sustainable and peaceful world.

Simple Structures and practice.

Priorities of Area Meeting Communities

A focus on worship, spirituality and community. Stewardship and good governance at all levels, including the wider world, honest, transparent and effective. Growth through witness; putting our Quaker values into practice in the wider world. Enable effective channelling, testing and supporting concerns and communication.

launch of london friends together

Starting on Tuesday, 2 March 2021, there will be a new weekly opportunity for Quakers across London to worship and talk together. We hope that this will build up the sense of a London-wide community of Friends, especially as we consider new ways of governing ourselves. We know that many Friends have become reasonably comfortable with online worship by now, so it seems a good time to use it to reach out across geographic distances. We will have a mixture of worship, a short conversation starter and some time in groups. You can join or leave after the worship. London Quakers click pic

Tuesday 2 March 7-8.30pm every Tuesday Flyer

become a sitting caretaker

affordable housing options, live in accommodation in commercial or residential properties, various locations

click pic or here

this way up

This Way Up is a 6 week programme of professional life coaching and stress-reduction techniques to help low-income people struggling with difficult circumstances or past experiences. It’s funded by the anti-poverty charity, Quaker Social ActionTake a look at our everyone cares page for Rising minds ABC to mindfulness click pic

Quaker Quest

Quaker Quest Lockdown Drop-in

Come to Zoom Quaker Quest . While Friends House remains closed in the evenings and social distancing is advised the Quaker Quest team would like to welcome you to drop in online via Zoom for chat, questions a sharing of views and our individual spiritual experiences. We hope that each evening will be driven by you the Questers and that we respond to what you want to know. It will last for an hour and a half and will include a thumbnail introduction to Quakers in Britain, an interactive period of discussion and towards the end of the evening an opportunity to experience a brief period of Quaker stillness and worship followed by a period of informal chat. It would be good to see and hear from you then. The Zoom link is available if you say yes on the RSVP. If you have not encountered Quakers before you will be most welcome and we hope you will feel that the drop-ins are for you.

6 therapy sessions

the quaker mental health fund are offering 6 free therapy sessions by a qualified therapist for people struggling during this challenging time, on line/phone

pay as you are led click pic for details

donate your spare devices

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free software

bridging the digital divide across the globe

learning in lockdown

bitesize learning for all school ages click pic

experiment with light

local light group meeting: read an article about The Foundational and Spiritual Practice of Opening to Deep Silence (page 14) by our friend Angela from Leigh on Sea

true silence is to the spirit as sleep is

to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

W.Penn

7.30pm – 9.30 pm

Sat 6 Feb, Fri 19 Feb, Sat 6 March, Fri 19 March, 3 April, 16 April,

take a look at our inner peace & everyone cares pages

quaker winter warmers

6 February 2.30pm -4pm a conversation with the Quaker Chaplain at Wandsworth prison

16 February 7.30- 8.30pm poetry to share

6 March 2.30 – 4pm quaker arts and crafts

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QUNO

This year Quaker United Nations Summer School be running in a virtual format. It still offers a unique opportunity for young people to engage with issues of disarmament, economic justice, human rights, and climate change at the multilateral level. It hopes to bring together a diverse group of participants in a unique, online space to learn, develop new skills and build community.  click pic for info. Apply by 15 February

nationwide day of healing

Saturday 6 March 11am – 1pm Free