Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship Resumes Outdoors / May 9, 2021

Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship will be held outdoors from 9 to 9:45 a.m. beginning Sunday, May 9. Worship will take place outside the Worship Room in the grassy area between the covered porch and the parking lot.

The resumption of in-person Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship follows the governor’s easing of restrictions regarding gatherings of people and the transmission of COVID-19.

As usual with unprogrammed worship, there will be no prepared message or music. There will be no singing.

Attendees are requested to wear masks, even if vaccinated. Worshipers should bring folding chairs and sit in family groups, socially distanced at least six feet from other households.

Some folding chairs will be available on the porch for those who need them. In the event of rain, Friends may gather on the porch to the extent allowed by social distancing.

New Garden Friends Meeting’s COVID Medical Advisory Group has recommended these protocols to allow all members and attenders to participate safely, according to their circumstances and preferences.

Programmed Meeting for Worship will continue virtually, as it has for the last year, from 11 a.m. to noon on Zoom and Facebook Live. The Medical Advisory Group notes that this remains the safest option for those who have unvaccinated or high-risk members in their households.

To accommodate in-person Unprogrammed Meeting, Virtual Religious Education activities will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday on Zoom until further notice.

For more information, please refer to the Covid Medical Advisory Group’s May 4, 2021 report.

Online Worship / April 25, 2021

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May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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Looking Ahead

News you need to know

Friends Committee on National Legislation / May 4, 2021

Dear Friends, After several recent virtual meetings with FCNL staff members, many Friends in the Piedmont area are becoming increasingly interested in forming a grassroots Advocacy Team. Those who might be interested in forming such a group to advocate locally, or nationally as might be the case are encouraged to join in this effort. The…

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Upcoming Adult Forums for May 2021

May 9: After some conversation about the Quaker perspective on economic systems, Friends felt led to continue our discussion with specific attention to action items. Friends are encouraged to join us with ideas and action items that will support working towards less oppressive local, state, national, and global economic systems. May 16: Discussing Nuclear Power…

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Quaker Survey Results & Next Steps / May 4, 2021

Thank you to the participants in our NGFM Quaker Relations survey. We had just over 50 people share thoughts on how NGFM has been engaged with outside Quaker organizations and how those organizations have made an impact on NGFM. The top two most frequently referenced organizations were NCFF and PFYM/ PFF followed by FGC and…

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Covid Medical Advisory Group Update / May 4, 2021

Given Governor Cooper’s easing of restrictions in the state, the COVID Medical Advisory Group has made the decision to recommend a gradual resumption of in-person activities. We caution that this does not mark an end to our concerns about the potential for transmission of the coronavirus during New Garden activities; however, we are recommending steps…

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Kudos for Friends Committee on National Legislation / May 5, 2021

The awards season has been often in the news, but you may have missed one event. You can hold off on the sparkling formal attire, although celebration is certainly warranted. Two weeks ago, it was announced that FCNL had won 11 DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards for its work in 2020, exceeding the six that it received in…

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Covid- 19 Vaccine Information / May 4, 2021

Cases of COVID and hospitalizations in NC have stayed stable again this week. Vaccinations are ongoing but with lower numbers of vaccines being given than previously. The use of the J & J vaccine (1 dose vaccine) was resumed last week at the Four Seasons Mall mass vaccination site. Last week Governor Cooper allowed the…

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New Ideas Gathering Update / April 25, 2021

Notes from our April 25th Meeting / Have a forum to discuss and consider clean energy options. – To Peace and Social Concerns. Is there interest and support at NGFM for a community garden in coordination with Friends Homes? – To Peace and Social Concerns. Expression of continuing interest for a picnic shelter at the…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Information / April 28, 2021

The numbers of COVID cases are stable this week in NC, though not going down as had been hoped with increasing vaccination. Almost 48% of all NC adults have now received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, with about 38% of all NC adults fully vaccinated. The administration of J&J vaccines can now…

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Covid-19 Medical Advisory Group Update / April 28, 2021

The Covid-19 Medical Advisory Group for New Garden Friends Meeting (composed of all the Meeting’s doctors) has been working on a graduated plan for resuming in-person activities. We have had multiple discussions about use of the meeting house and grounds and are now eagerly awaiting new CDC guidance for outdoor activities. We anticipate sharing our…

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Religious Education Updates / May 4, 2021

Thanks to all who joined our May 2nd Zoom Forum for “A Conversation with Kathy Manning.” Last week during our Adult Forum time, Friends discussed the Quaker perspective on economic systems. Below, please find resources that were shared during our discussion. Queries: How is our current economic system blocking the Kingdom of God? What are…

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Mondays for Marcus Vigil

This vigil to honor the homeless young man killed by police is held every Monday, 12 to 1 p.m. on Washington Street, in front of city council and police depts. We stand silently in masks, holding signs, which are there to use, if you have none of your own. Call CH Holcombe for more info.…

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Adult Forum; A Conversation with Kathy Manning / May 2,2021

9:45 a.m. / Zoom / Rep. Manning represents North Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District, which includes all of Guilford County and part of Forsyth County. This meeting with her has been organized with the assistance of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), and all Friends living or worshipping in the Sixth District are invited. We…

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Adult Forum / April 25, 2021

9:45 a.m. / Zoom Forum / In our discussions about the New York Times 1619 Project in February, Friends became engaged in a conversation about U.S. capitalism. This week, Friends are invited to join us for a conversation about Quaker perspectives on economics. We will watch a short QuakerSpeak video together, and explore some queries.…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Information / April 14, 2021

North Carolina Vaccination rates continue to increase. New cases of COVID and hospitalizations were slightly increased but fairly stable this past week in North Carolina and in the United States. This is believed to be due to more people starting to travel and relaxation of previous policies like mask mandates. Concern is also present about…

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Jon Watts Concert / April 24, 2021

April 24, 2021 / 7:00 p.m. /  In 2006 as his senior project for the Guilford College Quaker Leadership Scholars Program, Jon Watts set up a recording studio in the lower level of Friendship Friends’ meetinghouse and created “A Few Songs Occasioned.” That collection of original music reflecting on early Quaker history and spirituality served…

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North Carolina Fellowship of Friends Antiracism Discussion / April 27, 2021

North Carolina Fellowship of Friends will host an antiracism discussion group. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. when the NCFF antiracism discussion group will look at how the elements of our country’s racial caste system have appeared in Quaker history and in modern-day Quakerism. Kate Seel and CH Holcombe will be…

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Adult Forum / April 18, 2021

April 18 / 9:45 a.m. / How to Be An Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi / Peace & Social Concerns is leading the second session of a book study of “How to Be an Anti-Racist”. During the second session on April 18, we will discuss Chapter 2, “Dueling Consciousness”, Chapter 3, “Power” and Chapter 4,…

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