… Friends’ Meeting House Programme …

Join us for silent worship any Sunday at 10.30 am, or for the other events we hold here. Children are welcome! Just let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements for them.

Dandelion

One or two dandelions carried on doing their thing during our mild winter

Keith in Palestine

Palestine

Soldier in Hebron – Photo: EAPPI/G.Matyias

Keith S has been serving as an observer as part of the The World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).  Every week or so he sends an email with news of his impactful experiences.

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Area Meeting walk

Area Meeting Walk, Alice Holt Forest.

On the last Monday evening of the month we invite you to a Becoming Friends course, at 7:30pm in The Friends Meeting House, 41 Park Rd, Woking GU22 7DB. For more information contact Irene 01483 720154 or Sheila, sheilacoles@hotmail.com

 

Reading Quaker Faith and Practice Group

Every second Monday of the Month at the meeting house Park Road, Woking, a group of us read part of a chapter of Quaker Faith and Practice and then share whatever comes to mind. This is done in a meditative way by passing a shell from one person to another. You speak only when you have the shell and if you don’t want to say anything, just hold the shell and hold the silence for a moment.

Next session is Monday 9 Oct 2017

Shared Lunch Sunday 20 August 2017

 

Apple

In anticipation that are budding apple trees will produce something like this!

All Welcome to join us for Shared Lunch 12 noon to 2pm, on Sunday 20 August 2017, at the meeting house 41 Park Road, Woking.

At the lunch we will be saying farewell to Keith who is going to Israel / Palestine for 3 months service.

Arrival

Arrival

Recommended: Film “Arrival”

Irene recently watched the film ‘Arrival’ and was very impressed by it for several reasons.

She wrote, “It is a thoughtful science fiction film about communication (no light sabres or space battles, although there is one explosion, presumably to keep the teenage boys interested!); its main character is an intelligent woman and, despite the story including a bereavement, its message is ultimately positive and life-affirming.”

“For Conscience Sake”, Sunday 13th November 2016

Plain Quakers

“For Conscience Sake”, by theatre group Plain Quakers.

Following the Remembrance Service, Friends participated in a shared lunch followed by a performance of the play “For Conscience Sake”, by theatre group Plain Quakers.

The play explored the choices faced by conscientious objectors in the First World War, against the backdrop of growing militarisation today.

The audience of almost 30 people (including Friends from other local Meetings and some non-Quakers) were treated to an excellent and thought-provoking performance.

All welcome to a Play to be held at the Woking meeting House, Sunday 13 November, at 2pm

The play commemorates the opposition of Quakers and others to the introduction of conscription in 1916 against the backdrop of growing militarisation today.

For Conscience Sake

When Morris, would-be thespian and unrepentant curmudgeon, tries to unravel the story of his grandfather’s heroic exploits in the Great War, he is faced with an unexpected surprise. His unlikely buddy, Albert, unsuccessful author and Quaker enthusiast, attempts to ease the pain by arguing that we should remember the courageous conscientious objectors who resisted conscription in 1916. If more had done perhaps millions of lives could have been saved. Unconvinced, Morris stubbornly defends what his grandfather did for King and Country, until Albert unearths documents in Huddersfield that reveal a disturbing truth.

THE play is set in the present, but looks back to the past where, in a small mill town south of Huddersfield, two brothers are faced with the call to arms. It draws on real events to explore the tensions and confusions that must have been in the minds of the men who resisted conscription when their family, friends, the Press and the government were all pressuring them to bow to public opinion. The Huddersfield area had many such men, and a large number of them spent the war in prison or government work camps rather than compromise their moral principles.

There is usually no performance fee for Quaker meetings, but we do ask for return travel costs by car. We hope that a ‘retiring collection’ could be used to donate to a charity involved in peace work of the meeting’s choice, Quaker or otherwise.

Plain Quakers theatre projects supports the aims QPSW, the Peace Education Network, the Northern Friends Peace Board, ForcesWatch, and Veterans for Peace.

Enquiries and further information from

Plain Quakers Theatre: 28 Thirstin Road, Honley, Holmfirth, HD9 6JG

01484 664258 / 07849884193

plain.quakers@yahoo.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/plainquakerstheatre/

Twitter: @PlainQuakers