A group of Friends at First Friends Meeting are working with staff at Friends Committee of National Legislation to organize a new political advocacy team for the Triad area. They hope to include Friends and friends of Friends in other meetings and churches in the area. An organizational meeting is planned for late June/early July…
In-Person Semi-Programmed Meeting for Worship Resumes Outdoors / June 6, 2021
We have entered a new phase of the epidemic! We are cautiously resuming some in-person activities in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines. Even if fully vaccinated, we will all wear masks and socially distance when we are together, to set an example and express our solidarity with those who are unvaccinated or otherwise more vulnerable to the coronavirus (eg, children, pregnant women, immunocompromised people).
Beginning Sunday, June 6, at 10 a.m. (not 11 a.m.), we will hold semi-programmed meeting for worship outdoors on the New Garden Road side of the building, under the trees. This is the safest and most inclusive of the options we considered at our special May 16 meeting for business and also seems to have the widest support among New Gardeners. The time change to 10 a.m. should avoid some of the mid-day heat.
Please bring your own folding chairs if possible and a blanket, books, and toys if you have small children. We will be seated by household groups. Those needing assistance can enter through the connector doors and go straight through to the brick path. Ushers will help to seat us all safely. Restrooms will be available in the connector for those with mobility challenges; others can use restrooms near the kitchen, one individual or household at a time.
We will provide live Zoom and Facebook connections for those who prefer to participate from home; those participants should also note the time change to 10 a.m. and the other changes in schedule, below.
Beginning on June 6, Adult Forum and Spiritual Disciplines will meet by Zoom at 11:15 a.m. You can participate as a small group on the grounds, if you prefer. Just bring along your computer.
Unprogrammed meeting for worship will continue to meet outdoors at 9 a.m. on the porch outside the meeting room.
In case of threatening weather, we will send out a notice by email early Sunday morning, canceling outdoor activities. In this case, Zoom and Facebook live will take place according to the new schedule: 10 a.m. Semi-programmed Meeting for Worship; 11:15 a.m. Adult Forum and Spiritual Disciplines.
Our COVID Medical Advisory Group will frequently reassess our options for progressing to additional in-person activities. Their recommendations for reopening the meeting house to small groups will be considered at Monthly Meeting by Zoom on Sunday, June 6, at 1 p.m.
Janie Foy, Clerk, MM&C and Tim Lindeman, Presiding Clerk, NGFM
Online Worship / April 25, 2021
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.