Meeting of Friends in Wales – next meeting:
Lampeter, 22nd February 2020
Friends in Wales are considering those matters that we feel are vital to our lives as Quakers. Peter Hussey, from the Wales Focus Group, will lead a workshop to help us take this forward.
The “Cultural Differences” paper drew our attention to the different nature of Wales. The Welsh Government has accented the difference by the legislation it has already passed, but not all inhabitants of Wales understand the achievements and potential of the devolved nation. Peter will lead a workshop on those matters that the Area Meetings have indicated are vital to Welsh Friends and will introduce a system for sharing on-going developments. Does our Testimony to the World fit comfortably with these progressive developments, can we, a small group, affect the way our nation develops?
This meeting will include time when Friends with specific roles will have the opportunity to meet in groups to share their experiences, and learn from one another. This time it will be Nominations, Children and Young People’s work, Trustees and Treasurers. We invite all Friends present to help us discern ways in which we can work better together, share good practice, and simplify our structures so that role-holders are well supported and not over-burdened.
If you are new to Quakers and would be interested in attending a meeting please see our list of local meetings which meet, most commonly, on Sunday mornings.
Our previous meeting of Meeting of Friends in Wales was: at NEWTOWN on 26th October 2019
we were…… Exploring future developments with Paul Parker, our recording clerk:
How can we make our Quaker meetings simpler? Britain Yearly Meeting is changing how it supports Quaker meetings, and moving, together with Woodbrooke, to a meeting-centred, more responsive approach. Paul Parker, Recording Clerk of BYM, will join us to explore how this could work in Wales, to answer our questions, and hear what we think is needed.
(Following on from the plans for a hub of Britain Yearly Meeting staff based in local areas. We agree that this will be discussed in Meeting of Friends in Wales in October and that any Expression of Interest from MFW and its associated Area Meetings (for a local hub) will be submitted after that date. Here is a link to the relevant section of the BYM website.
PLEASE SEE the supporting reports and minutes etc.,
Recent supporting reports for our meetings (see also previous minutes):
From earlier in the year….
2018 Report from our Wales Focus Group:
Quakers in Wales – Area Meeting & MFW Calendar 2020
Meeting of Friends in Wales:
Meeting dates for this year are on the following Saturdays:
22nd February 2020
LLANBEDR PONT STEFFAN / LAMPETER
– Focus Group report on cultural diversity
27th June 2020
– Focus on Young Friends
24th October 2020
Y FENNI / ABERGAVENNY
– simpler meetings
Meeting dates for 2021 are as follows:
Feb 2021 – Cemmaes Road
June 2021 – Cardiff
Oct 2021 – Residential & business meeting
Meeting of Friends in Wales Appointments for 2020
Meeting of Friends in Wales Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference (TOR) for committee members on the following groups:
For more information please follow this link:
As part of our 25th Anniversary commemorations Quakers in Wales were featured in a November edition of The Friend which has kindly been released for you to read here.
“Friends, as individuals and as a community, we can talk about ministry as being what’s on one’s soul and not necessarily what’s on one’s mind, it has been described as ‘what God unexpectedly drops into your lap’. I’ve been really struck in this meeting, in this community, both by the examples of individual ministry and by specific examples talked about today, which will stick with me as an articulation of what being a Quaker can do to your work life. But there’s also corporate ministry. Here is a body which, I think, knows what it is to have a calling. I am grateful to have the time here with you.” ~ Paul Parker, Recording Clerk. Quakers in Britain. October 2016
Mae'r swydd hon ar gael yn Welsh hefyd