We are all here for each other.

No community, no person, and no institution has escaped the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. All have had to make adjustments in order to protect the health of our loved ones, friends, and the community at large.

New Garden Friends Meeting is no different. The rhythm of our Meeting’s life has been altered drastically in order to forestall spreading the viral infection.

Sunday Meeting for Worship, a practice of this congregation for more than 260 years, has been cancelled until further notice. All functions at the Meeting House throughout the week, including those by groups unaffiliated with Friends, have been cancelled as well.

While our building is closed, our community remains open and welcoming. Visit us at ngfm.org and on our Facebook page.

We will continue to look to one another for inspiration, guidance, and support. New Gardeners are learning to use their computers and mobile devices in new ways, to hold virtual meetings and keep our bonds with one another strong.

Margaret Webb, New Garden’s pastoral minister, will deliver a prepared message via Facebook at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Marc Alley, music director, will offer inspirational music.

Karin Heller, religious education director, plans online First Day school experiences. Refer to First Day Notes, usually refreshed on Friday or Saturday, to see what’s planned for the upcoming Sunday.

The technology that enables these virtual gatherings can be daunting at first. Those organizing virtual meetings and webcasts will encounter challenges. So will Friends at home. We’ll find ourselves wondering what happened to the sound, or the picture, or both. In those moments, Quaker patience will serve us well.

Eventually we’ll all get the hang of it, just like we did with using a mouse or a smartphone.

Already our community is implementing new routines to reach out to one another, to prevent isolation and to keep our bonds of loving friendship strong. Please use this website to keep up with new developments in our community, and be sure to visit the New Garden Friends Meeting Facebook page, too.

New Garden’s organized outreach only supplements the individual efforts of members and attenders. We all play a role in maintaining the strength of our community. Reach out to that friend you usually speak with after Meeting for Worship. Send an email. Make a call. Share your Light.

Tim Lindeman
Clerk, New Garden Friends Meeting

Online Worship / March 29, 2020

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New Garden Friends Meeting is an inclusive, welcoming faith community in the tradition of the Religious Society of Friends. Our members and attenders represent a wide range of religious backgrounds and traditions. Grounded in more than 250 years of Quaker heritage, New Garden remains a vital Meeting for those who seek that of God in every person.

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April 5 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
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April 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Looking Ahead

News you need to know

Easter Sunrise Service / April 12

Since New Garden Friends Meeting will not be able to have an in-person sunrise service on Easter morning this year, we invite Friends who enjoy the Easter sunrise, to sit in silence or sing a favorite song as the sun rises and, if you feel led, to take a photo of your view of the…

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Inspire2Serve Presentation to Congress / Rescheduled June 25

“The Inspire2Serve: A Path Forward” presentation to Congress and the public has been rescheduled to June 25. Find information at: inspire2serve.gov. The viewing of this document and its presentation is highly recommended by Quaker House. It will reveal the future state of selective service and much more regarding the military’s expectation from the citizenry.

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Friends General Conference News Update

The Gathering will be held virtually. Friends General Conference is working to find a way to accommodate Friends without internet access. Special Youth programs are being rethought. For more information, go to the special page on the FGC Quakercloud website. The Gathering The Gathering will be held June 28 – July 12.

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Caring Friends Update

Caring Friends has been thrown a curve ball by this pandemic, but we didn’t let it stop us! Caring Friends has many volunteers who send cards, make calls, knit afghans, provide transportation, shop for groceries, and perform other acts of kindness for others in the New Garden Friends Meeting community. With the COVID-19 pandemic isolating us…

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Online worship comes to New Garden Friends Meeting

Sunday, March 22, was another historic first for New Garden Friends Meeting. Margaret Webb, pastoral minister, led meeting for worship online. The format was quite familiar with a welcome, a reading, a hymn offered by music director Marc Alley, and a prepared message. But instead of gathering on benches in the Worship Room, members and…

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First Day Events

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