New Garden Friends Meeting is Gradually Resuming In-Person Activities

As we gradually resume in-person activities, we continue to prioritize safety and inclusiveness for all users of our Meeting House, both New Gardeners and visitors.

We are opening the building to small groups according to the capacity limits we set previously.  Group leaders can contact Sharon (336.292.5487) to make reservations. All visitors should remain masked and socially distanced and follow other guidelines provided by COVID advisors.

We will continue to hold semi-programmed meetings for worship at 10:00 am on Sundays outdoors. This remains the safest way for a large group of people, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to be together.

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.

Adult Forum and Spiritual Disciplines will meet thru July 2021, 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.

Those attending unprogrammed meetings for worship on Sundays from 9 – 9:45 a.m. are welcome to use the meeting room.

Please follow the guidance below;

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of illness.
  • Meet outdoors, if feasible, regardless of group size; please bring your own chairs.
  • Reserve meeting room(s) in advance by calling the NGFM office at (336) 292-5487 or emailing office@ngfm.org ; note the capacity of room(s) you will be using and do not exceed maximum occupancy.
  • Optimize ventilation according to the instructions posted by the door of each room.
  • If your group size exceeds the capacity of available indoor space (posted by the door of each room), meet outdoors.
  • Mask and socially distance 6 feet from others, regardless of location or group size.
  • Do not sing or eat together indoors: (least safe activities for unvaccinated people, even if they are masked.)
  • Use restrooms one individual or family group at a time.

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.

Thank you for your care and patience.

NGFM COVID Medical Advisors

Meeting for Worship / June 27, 2021

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Meeting for Worship / Semi-Programmed

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Mondays for Marcus Vigil

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Wednesday Readings & Queries

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Meeting for Worship / Un-Programmed

October 3 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Meeting for Worship / Semi-Programmed

October 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Looking Ahead

News you need to know

Alternatives to Violence Project / October 1 – 3, 2021

AVP/ NC Basic Workshop / Join us and/or share with others who may be interested! While we aren’t able to offer traditional weekend workshops in person, we’ve come up with a way to offer a similar experience online using Zoom. Many of you have participated with us in one or more workshops – others have…

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Joint Social Justice Ministry / September 27, 2021

New Garden Friends Meeting Peace & Social Concerns committee announces a new social-justice ministry partnership with St. James, Westminster, and First Presbyterian churches. The partnership is focusing on voting rights and voter suppression for the foreseeable future. The goal is to do social justice work together while developing fellowship within the partnership. NGFM was asked…

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Cooking for Peace Sessions / September 2021

Learn About Asian American Cuisine! The Cooking for Peace sessions will showcase different traditional meals “Norm Banjok” and simple survival meal by rural folks of Cambodia, Plov and DimLama from Uzbekistan, Zur Belish from Tatarstan, and Salmon fish curry with tomato and dill from Bangladesh. Please join the sessions to Learn, Love, and Share!!! https://tinyurl.com/mc79kc4r

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Friends Committee on National Legislation News & Events / September 14, 2021

Join with others and lobby for peace and justice in our community, in our state, in our country, and in our world. There are two upcoming opportunities to get involved with Quakers in North Carolina through Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation. Join Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation‘s Annual Meeting / Saturday, October 2,…

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Challenging Racism / September 14, 2021

Thank you, Charles Drew. “Every two seconds, a blood transfusion is required in the United States. An eminent pioneer in the field was [African American] Charles Richard Drew [1904-1950], whose work on the banking of blood products and the logistics of collecting and distributing blood saved countless lives in the trenches of World War II…

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North Carolina Quaker Men Fall Banquet / September 27, 2021

The NC Quaker Men Fall Banquet will be held at Deep River Friends Meeting House, 5300 West Wendover Avenue, High Point, NC 27265, on Monday night, September 27, starting at 5:54 p.m. The Catered Meal will be $15/person at the door. Special Music will be provided. Updates on Current 2021 Projects and Goals for 2022.…

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Plan for Upcoming Events / September 14, 2021

It’s fall, y’all – and that means that holidays will be coming up soon. As we think about planning our typical New Garden holiday activities, we want to consider how we will do these safely and inclusively again this year. We want to gather suggestions for new ways of doing our usual activities, and also…

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Covid Advisory / September 14, 2021

A COVID Medical Advisory Group meeting for NGFM was held 9/13/21 to discuss policies and protocols for protecting friends/ Friends from COVID. The group was in agreement that current cases of Covid and hospitalization levels suggest that we should continue our current protocols for semi-programmed Meeting for Worship outdoors and/or by Zoom, unprogrammed Meeting for…

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Afghan Families Update / September 14, 2021

Afghan Families are Coming to Greensboro and NGFM is helping in a number of ways. We will be co-sponsoring a family. We will need a group of New Gardeners to love and support them as they begin their new lives in the United States. They will need to have friends who could help them feel…

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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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Zoom Lecture Invitation / September 22, 2021

Join us for nationally renowned author, Dr. Adeeb Khalid’s guest talk “The Crossroads of History: Central Asia in the Modern Age” ZOOM lecture on September 22 from 6 – 7:15 p.m. Dr. Khalid is the author of “Central Asia: A New History from the Imperial Conquests to the Present.” All are welcome! Join at: https://tinyurl.com/kbex2vrj

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Book Review / September 9, 2021

“How to Be An Antiracist” Book Review… On Thursday, September 9 we will continue to review Abram X Kendi’s book, covering chapters 14 and 15, “Gender” and “Sexuality”, respectively. Sara White will be leading us in the discussion. Patricia Gutzwiller will be facilitating the Zoom connection and sending out the invitations. If you have not…

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Karin Heller, New Garden Friends Meeting

Religious Education News / September 7, 2021

Final Summer Program Our final Summer Program session was rescheduled for Saturday, September 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. We will spend our time together outdoors (in the shade), masked, and 6 feet apart. Our theme is “Welcome and Community”. And while activities are geared towards children ages 3-12, All are welcome! Contact Karin Heller…

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Covid Advisory / September 7, 2021

A called meeting for NGFM was held 8/21/21 to discuss policies and protocols for protecting friends/ Friends from COVID. A summary and review of protocols followed by a number of questions were discussed. Friends were generally supportive of our current course. If COVID cases stay the same, we plan to continue meeting for semi-programmed worship out…

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Volunteer Opportunity for Voter Registration / September 10-12, 2021

During the upcoming North Carolina Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – September 10 – 12) “YouCanVote” will sponsor a voter registration table and opportunities for volunteers to register people to vote. Volunteers will each sign up for a 2-hour shift, and there is to be 3 – 4 volunteers per shift.…

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Covid Advisory / August 31, 2021

A called meeting for NGFM was held 8/21/21 to discuss policies and protocols for protecting friends/ Friends from COVID. A summary and review of protocols followed by a number of questions were discussed. Friends were generally supportive of our current course. If COVID cases stay the same, we plan to continue meeting for semi-programmed worship out…

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Join Ashley Wilcox on Zoom / August 31, 2021

You are invited to join Quaker author Ashley Wilcox on Tuesday, August 31; 7:30- 8:30 pm for an online book release party. Ashley (who will be bringing the prepared message at NGFM on October 10) has written a much needed book entitled “The Women’s Lectionary!” We will gather on Zoom to celebrate together. Ashley will…

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Karin Heller, New Garden Friends Meeting

Religious Education News / August 31, 2021

Adult Forums Sunday, September 5, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.(Zoom only): Over the past several months, there has been much discussion around the idea of taking Sabbath as a holy act of resistance. Friends are invited to read the attached interview with Old Testament scholar and theologian, Walter Brueggeman, and join us for discussion https://tinyurl.com/tkax65ec…

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Challenging Racism / August 31, 2021

Quakerism is so comfortable for me. I found a warm and welcoming spiritual home among Friends as a young adult and have remained happily in the fold. But for people of color, joining our faith can be a different experience. From an African-American general secretary of Friends General Conference: “. . . I also feel…

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A Note from Deborah Suess / August 31, 2021

Community – It is sacred. It is Holy. It is real. I was moved by those words that Karin Heller shared while describing her experience of this beloved community, New Garden Friends Meeting. As I begin my fourth week serving as your Interim, I too am giving thanks for the welcome and care you all…

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Decision on Flea Market / August 17, 2021

Based on the increases in COVID cases, hospitalizations and Delta variant we cannot hold the flea market in 2021. And in the effort to maintain both safety and equity for all of us at New Garden, we are not accepting donations at this time. When we have a clear timeline for holding our next flea…

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Covid Advisory Update / August 24, 2021

A called meeting for NGFM was held 8/21/21 to discuss policies and protocols for protecting friends/ Friends from COVID. A summary and review of protocols followed by a number of questions were discussed. Friends were generally supportive of our current course. If COVID cases stay the same, we plan to continue meeting for semi-programmed worship…

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Book Study Continues / August 26, 2021

On Thursday, August 26 at 7 p.m. we will continue with Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist” book discussion Chapter 13 called “Space.” Our Zoom host will be Mary Stolberg. Janet Inmon will be discussion leader. If you have been participating in this discussion, you will be receiving a Zoom invitation from Mary. If you…

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Karin Heller, New Garden Friends Meeting

Religious Education News / August 24, 2021

Summer Program Change /  An important note about Summer Program: The final Summer Program session has been postponed until Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first week of school is physically and emotionally exhausting for children and families. We hope that Friends will enjoy a restful weekend this week, and join…

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Challenging Racism / August 24, 2021

My apologies for abandoning this column for a few weeks. My time and emotional energy have been consumed with being present to and advocating for my severely disabled son as he heals from a broken hip – in a severely short-staffed and poorly resourced rehab center. This experience has given me an insight regarding racism…

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How to join Zoom worship online

Are you interested in joining online Meeting for Worship via Zoom? If so, please contact Sharon Burton in the Meeting office for details. You may send email to office@ngfm.org or call 336-292-5487.

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