Open Garden, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June

 

Once again, we will be opening our popular grounds on this weekend.

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our beautiful garden and discover the fascinating history of the burial ground and Quaker Meeting House and find out more about Quakers today.

Entry is free and there are free refreshments plus a plant sale.  Our Open Garden takes place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June from 2pm to 5pm.

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Quaker Meeting Houses given extra heritage protection

This sympathetic Observer article highlights the 17 Quaker meeting houses across the country to be listed or upgraded by Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Eleven are being listed at Grade II for the first time, five upgraded to Grade II*, and the Hertford Meeting House, the oldest in the world still in continuous use, is granted Grade I status, the highest status possible.

You can access the article here.

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Photos from the Reflections on the Sacred art exhibition.

A few photos from the successful multifaith art exhibition which we hosted on the weekend of 27th and 28th April.

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“Reflections on the Sacred”

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Imago Dei

“Imago Dei” is a community exhibition at Christ Church United Reformed Church on Chase Side, Enfield for Holy Week.

“Imago Dei”  will focus on images of God, and also images of humanity e.g. refugees and others from various parts of the world, including our own.  “Imago Dei” will include poetry, music and art around this theme and is a community event.

“Imago Dei” will be open daily during Holy Week from 15th to 21st April (10 am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, 1pm to 4pm on Good Friday and 10 am to 4pm on Easter Saturday). The church will be open for worship at 11 am on Easter Sunday.  Entry is free and refreshments are available.

More information can be found on the church website .

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Local Quaker publishes debut novel

Our Friend Stephen Cox’s first novel Our Child of the Stars is published in hardback by Jo Fletcher Books on 24th January 2019.   In this local paper interview Stephen talks about the book.  You can read it here.

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Christmas Day Social

Enfield Over 50s Forum, an active local membership organisation, is hiring the Friends Meeting House on 25th December to offer company and social activities for anybody who might enjoy meeting up with others that day.  Please note this event is open to people of any age. 

The event runs from 2.30pm to 6pm. There will be board games, films and a Christmas carol singalong.  The organisers are also offering  a quiet space or an opportunity to chat .

There will be a buffet tea.  Please bring something to share with others for example a carton or two of fruit juice (sorry, no alcohol), a packet of biscuits, chocolates, a packet of sausage rolls, a french loaf, cakes, some Christmas crackers etc.

LIMITED TRANSPORT AVAILABLE FROM THE BOROUGH OF ENFIELD ONLY– IF YOU NEED TRANSPORT THEN PLEASE PRE-BOOK IT WITH THE FORUM IN ADVANCE (collections from 2.00 pm)


To book or for more information telephone 020 8807 2076 or email
info@enfieldover50sforum.org.uk

 

For more information click on the poster o50Sf Christmas Day advert for December 2018 (1)

 

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Worship 10.30 to 11.15 am on 25th December

As usual Winchmore Hill Quakers will hold a special meeting for worship on 25th December. 10.30 to 11.15 am. This is a time often valued for those who find the Christmas period difficult, for whatever reason, or who wish some Quaker simplicity. Or who enjoy Christmas in all its richness but need time for reflection.  All are welcome.

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Why do more equal societies do better?

Saturday 1 December, 2-4pm.

Clissold House, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9HJ

An interactive and thought-provoking workshop led by Martin Wilkinson. The workshop is based on the groundbreaking books by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson: The Spirit Level and The Inner Level. These books, based on years of research and hard evidence, show that almost everything, from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy – is affected, not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is and that societies with a bigger gap between rich and poor are bad for everyone in them – including the well-off.

The Spirit Level has been heralded as providing a new way of thinking about ourselves and our communities. This workshop could change the way you see the world. We will be looking at how we can find positive solutions and move towards a happier, fairer future.

Refreshments from 1.30pm.

Free entry but you are encouraged to register via the Eventbrite link.

ALL WELCOME

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Personal thoughts on the future of our group of Quaker Meetings

Note for non-Quakers.  Each local worshipping community of Quakers is also part of a larger Quaker community, in our case five meetings. (Us, New Barnet, Stoke Newington, Tottenham, and Bunhill Fields on the borders of the City of London.)

Membership and some important roles are held in the area.

My thoughts:

This is a very personal summary of the morning discussion we held on the future of our Area Meeting. 50 people were present – exceeding expectations – and there was a great sense of spiritual gathering. We heard how things are hard – people long and tired in major roles, it is difficult to find people to step up, ‘business’ that feels like a burden and does not bring us joy. Even many longstanding Friends don’t find routine area meeting rewarding, nor are we good at explaining why we work with other meetings. We urge people to come and to care and yet we don’t give them confidence. (It was great to have a number of people at their first area meeting ever!) We heard many positives, about love and connection and about benefiting from the different strengths of different meetings. Changes in society have brought challenges – it is more complicated and bureaucratic to run any small organisation than it used to be – but also opportunities. Our nominations teams work hard: we began to hear how we might build on better supporting people in their roles and explore different ways of finding them – how we could be better at succession planning – and different ways of organising our business to feed our spirits and get to know each other in the things that are eternal. Did we come away, with clear answers? No, that wasn’t the point. And it is too early to say whether purely structural changes such as boundaries are worth exploring. (Mergers might create as much trouble as they solve.) Whatever we decide about such bigger changes, I believe that we can transform our meetings by doing these other things better. But that is just my view from the start of our process.

 

Stephen.

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