The life in Winchmore Hill Quaker Meeting – some thoughts

Challenges for our Meeting in 2019  -   As I see it

(We are compiling our annual Life of the Meeting, a brief summary of how the truth prospers among us.  In considering this, Pamela wrote these notes.)

The successful outreach activities accomplished throughout this year presented us with challenges.

It became apparent that some people were either unaware of a worshipping Quaker presence in their area or that Quakers still lived in the past.  Misconceptions spread and can stop people from visiting us.

We have already discussed how we can make walking in from the gate to the door on a Sunday less challenging,  by having more folk around.

Open our doors for social meetings so that an understanding of who and what we stand for can be understood.

Improve our connection with other churches, for instance -

How do their members feel about our silent worship and belief that we do not need an intermediary to communicate directly with God.  That there isn’t any  heirarchy.   Might others see our way as a rejection of their way?   Does any of this prevent our union in spirit?

We have been made aware of the unacceptable pressure that our loyal admin. volunteers have been experiencing, whilst at the same time having to cope with the pressures of their own personal living.

Measures have already been taken to encourage others to play their part in upholding The Meeting and  so lessen the burden on others.

Whilst always holding fast to that which is precious, is it not our most important challenge to let go of that which can be laid down for the benefit of others’ welfare.  Tradition not being as important as People.

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3 Responses to The life in Winchmore Hill Quaker Meeting – some thoughts

  1. Helga Weber-Zucht says:

    To whom it may concern, – friends of Winchmore Hill Quakers -
    I am living in Germany, but used to live for a few years in Enfield and in London, years ago in the 1960ies and early 1970ies. At that time my husband and myself both worked for War Resisters’ International (WRI), then in Enfield – where one of your members (at least I beliefe she was member of Winchmore Hill Quakers) Maryatta Brian of The Coppice in Enfield, had worked too. For many years after that time we stayed in touch with her and her husband Alex, as long as he lived, whenever we visited London, WRI and other friends. It seems to me, the last time we visited her may have been in 2011 or 2012. – Shortly after that her E-mail-address did not work any longer, and neither did her daughter Elna’s address, so we could not find out, what had happened to her. Though I guess, that she may have passed away, as she had not been all that well, when visiting her at her home. – It is only just now that I thought of the Quaker Meeting she belonged too and to ask any of you about what in the end did happen to her. – She was a very dear friend to us, that is why I would appreciate it very if you would be so kind and tell me a little about her, if you know. – Very kind regards to the Winchmore Hill Quaker Meetting from Helga Weber-Zucht in Germany (34123 Kassel, Steinbruchweg 14) – PS I do remember having attended a Sunday meeting at your place once – long time ago – as well as an evening film show with a wonderful film by Tagore – and having visited your graveyard, which did impress us very much because of the rule, that no grave stone must be bigger than any of the others.

  2. Helga Weber-Zucht says:

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    Helga Weber-Zucht says:
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    January 23, 2019 at 3:30 am
    To whom it may concern, – friends of Winchmore Hill Quakers -
    I am living in Germany, but used to live for a few years in Enfield and in London, years ago in the 1960ies and early 1970ies. At that time my husband and myself both worked for War Resisters’ International (WRI), then in Enfield – where one of your members (at least I beliefe she was member of Winchmore Hill Quakers) Maryatta Brian of The Coppice in Enfield, had worked too. For many years after that time we stayed in touch with her and her husband Alex, as long as he lived, whenever we visited London, WRI and other friends. It seems to me, the last time we visited her may have been in 2011 or 2012. – Shortly after that her E-mail-address did not work any longer, and neither did her daughter Elna’s address, so we could not find out, what had happened to her. Though I guess, that she may have passed away, as she had not been all that well, when visiting her at her home. – It is only just now that I thought of the Quaker Meeting she belonged too and to ask any of you about what in the end did happen to her. – She was a very dear friend to us, that is why I would appreciate it very if you would be so kind and tell me a little about her, if you know. – Very kind regards to the Winchmore Hill Quaker Meetting from Helga Weber-Zucht in Germany (34123 Kassel, Steinbruchweg 14) – PS I do remember having attended a Sunday meeting at your place once – long time ago – as well as an evening film show with a wonderful film by Tagore – and having visited your graveyard, which did impress us very much because of the rule, that no grave stone must be bigger than any of the others.

  3. admin says:

    Dear Helga,

    Thanks for your comment. Marjatta is remembered with great love in this meeting. You are right that she has passed away. I will see who has contact details for Elna. You can email us via the contact page, and then we could forward a message, if we have a contact.

    Stephen, webperson

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