Monday, 30 November 2015
Minutes October 2015
WITNEY LOCAL QUAKER MEETING
Minutes of a meeting for worship for business held Sunday 4 October 2015 in the Bethany Room, Methodist Church, Witney.
9 Friends were present. §10.01 from Quaker Faith and Practice was read during our opening worship
15.34 Matters arising
a) We note that the storage cupboard has been purchased as agreed.
b) Mahalla and Don Mason have reported on the open evening/AGM for Base 33. They were very encouraged by the range of work being done, particularly the new mental health campaign Headspace.
c) Frances Bird attended a weekend event on healing and afterlife studies at Woodbrooke with financial support from the meeting. We are glad to hear that this was a very worthwhile event.
d) We have been updated on arrangements for our outreach event on 8 October.
e) We appoint Rae Cather to attend the area meeting Elders & Overseers event on 24 October at Faringdon and ask her to report back.
15.35 Refugee crisis: we note that Don Mason has written to our MP and received a reply (attached). Friends attended a meeting in Witney after which Frances and Derek Bird undertook the collection of contributions to help the refugees in the Calais camp.
15.36 Nominations: We receive the interim report from our Nominations Group, which is not yet able to confirm names for the Finance Group or for OSAM trustees.
We have already agreed to retain other appointments as previously agreed for the triennium to 31 December 2017 (except for annual appointments). However, if Friends wish to change their service or be released from service, this is the moment to make the Nominations Group (Rae Cather, Jennifer Barraclough, Don Mason and Lesley Morris) aware of this.
15.37 Special collections 2016: We have had an initial report on 2016 special collections from Allan Carr and Caroline Bing, and have offered some comments. We will make a final approval in November.
15.38 Christmas date: Christmas Day this year falls on a Friday. We agree to decide whether and where to hold meeting at our November meeting for business.
15.39 Spiritual and Pastoral Care Gathering: The next Spiritual and Pastoral Care Gathering will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2 December at 3 Church Green. The subject will be Ministry: Vocal and Silent, and we encourage all Friends, including attenders, to join in considering this important topic. A good understanding of the experience of ministry and its profound significance for the life of the meeting, as well as for the individual, helps us to become a strong and spiritually grounded Meeting.
15.40 Any other business
a) We ask Adam Noble and Suzette Hubbert (subject to consent) to undertake the laying of the Remembrance Day red and white poppy wreath on our behalf on 8 November, whom failing, Jennifer Barraclough and/or Sheila Cuss (stc).
b) ‘Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved through understanding.’ (Albert Einstein).
We approve this wording for our Remembrance Day wreath, and ask Allan Carr to prepare the card accordingly.
There being no other business, the meeting concluded with worship at 12.25pm