Welcome to New Garden Friends Meeting!

Whether this is your first at a Quaker meeting or you have been coming for years, know that you are welcome. You are welcome whether you attend in person or online. We are glad you are here.

As Friends, we practice a listening spirituality. We listen for the voice of the Spirit through music, readings, prepared messages, and open worship.

In our open worship, we believe that God can speak to or through anyone. We listen in silence for the leading of the Spirit. If you feel led to speak out of the silence, please do!

Blessings, Ashley
pastorashley@ ngfm.org
Office Hours: 2 – 4 p.m. on Mondays and by appointment

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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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N.C. Fellowship of Friends planning fall business agenda / September 9, 2023

The North Carolina Fellowship of Friends program committee is working diligently on our September 9 gathering and is planning to have information available soon. Friends Committee on National Legislation is looking for people from NCFF who may be interested in representing the Fellowship.  If you are interested or have someone in your Meeting who is interested, please have them contact me soon. North Carolina Yearly Meeting, Inc. will have positions open representing NCFF on its…

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Broader Concerns Small Grants from Peace & Social Concerns / June 6, 2023

The Committee awarded two small grants on behalf of New Garden. The first, an award of $500.00 was to The Almond Connection, a non-profit that aids qualifying felons in re-entering society. The money we donated is specifically being used for materials needed at a free clinic to explain North Carolina’s expungement laws. The second award, also in the amount of $500.00 has gone to “Fred Cox’s Life Matters.” We are supporting a movement composed of…

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Report from Nominating Committee / June 6, 2023

“We’ve done it again!” New Gardeners have heard the call and stepped up to serve on the many committees that make us the wonderful meeting we are. On Sunday, June 4, Monthly Meeting approved a slate presented by the Nominating Committee. Now it’s official! Go to the New Garden website, click on the blue content bar at the top of the screen and click, again, on News. Scrolling down you’ll find New Garden Committees. And…

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Support the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons / June 6, 2023

The ICAN Campaign to get local councils to support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons supported by New Garden Friends is gearing up in Greensboro, and we need your help in contacting Greensboro City Council members whom you know or have some connection with. We will provide you with a letter that is ready-to-send to your own council member or to any council member whom you may know. (FYI: The mayor has…

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New Gift Titles Added to the New Garden Friends Meeting Library / May 24, 2023

• The First Strawberries a Cherokee Story retold by Joseph Bruchac • Muslim Child: Understanding Islam through Stories and Poems by Rukhsana Khan • Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter • George Fox and the Children of the Light by Jonathan Fryer, editor • George Fox and the Quakers by Cecil W. Sharman • The Journal of John Woolman and a Plea for the Poor by John Woolman • The Quakers in America by…

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Assistant Coordinator for International & Global Studies Job Opening / June 6, 2023

I will be working as the Coordinator for International and Global Studies (IGS) at UNCG next fall. We have a position open for an Assistant Coordinator for the fall semester only, which would include teaching a 200 level Introduction to International & Global Studies and advising IGS students. We are looking for someone with an MA or above in a relevant discipline. Anyone interested can contact me. Sarah Gates [email protected]. My thought was that through…

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What Do You Know? / June 6, 2023

That’s what we’d like to find out! Welcome to a new section of the newsletter that’s especially for those things that we know. Do you have a favorite recipe everyone has asked you about that you’d like to share? A piece of information that you feel would be helpful to others? A DIY that would make life a little easier? Let us know so we can share it with others via our newsletter! Submit your…

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Greensboro Opera Presents “Driving While Black” / June 22 & 24, 2023

I would like to let you know about a presentation sponsored by the Greensboro Opera. It is a 45-minute opera called Driving While Black, and it will be performed live in 4 different venues in Greensboro. It features one singer, a percussionist and a cellist. The story is told in an intimate way, and both the instrumentalists are also involved in the drama. After the performance there will be a discussion of the issues with…

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Alternatives to Violence Workshop / June 9 – 11, 2023

Sponsored by the North Carolina Alternatives to Violence Project in partnership with the NC Peace Resource Center. What? Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) helps us explore the power we all have to change hostility and destructiveness into cooperation, community, and justice. Why? To discover new ways to reduce conflict in your world, your community, organization, or personal life. Enjoy a hands-on, fun, activity-based experience (no need to take notes!) in an intensive weekend workshop. People…

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New Gift Titles Added to the New Garden Friends Meeting Library / May 23, 2023

• Faithful Voices, Oral Readings Exploring Beliefs in Action by Ed Schwartz • Wilt Thou Go On My Errand: Three 18th Century Journals of Quaker Women Ministers by Margaret Hope Bacon, editor • Practicing Peace: a devotional walk through the Quaker tradition by Catherine Whitmire • Plain Living: a Quaker path to simplicity by Catherine Whitmire • Springfield 1773-1940 by Sara Richardson Haworth • Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad by…

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Notes from Pastor Ashley / May 31, 2023

Dear Friends, This was a week of highs and lows. On Tuesday afternoon, I led a Zoom “Woke Bible Study” for Woodbrooke, a Quaker center in Birmingham, England. We had a wonderful conversation about the passages people often use to argue that women should remain silent in churches (of course I disagree!). Then on Tuesday evening, gave a talk for FutureChurch for their “Women Erased” series. FutureChurch is a Catholic organization that is advocating for…

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Support the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons / May 31, 2023

Great news: Chatham County Commissioners passed a resolution of support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on May 15th! More details below. Changes to Note: National Priorities where we get our local costs figures has updated their data to FY 2023 from FY2021. The changes are dramatic, which is a point we can emphasize; we do need to be aware of the new data. Example: Raleigh’s costs for nuclear weapons and…

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Religious Education / May 31, 2023

Dear Friends, The weather is no indication, but Summer is *unofficially* here! We have lots of fun activities in store! First Day Forum / Over the years, the Religious Education Committee has tried several approaches to Summer First Day Forum. We’ve shared queries, done book discussions and watched QuakerSpeak videos together. This year, I am SUPER EXCITED to announce that we will spend our time during First Day Forum sharing about books we’ve read for…

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Thanks for Supporting the Quaker Cupboard Program / May 31, 2023

Greetings friends, we are reaching out in representation of the Quaker cupboard program. We would like to thank everyone for the great amount of contributions and donations, you have truly helped to make a difference in the lives of those struggling in our community. Since this program was designed for a college we will be stopping donations over the summer, but we will start back up in mid August. Again we would like to thank…

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser / June 3, 2023

Tiny House Community Development Hope Center is hosting a drive-through pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday, June 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at 360 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27406. Cost is $10 per plate and includes 3 pancakes, butter, syrup, & scrambled eggs. For $2 extra, you can add 2 Neese’s sausage patties or 3 strips of bacon. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, but drive up orders on the day of the fundraiser…

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Fallen Tree on the South Lawn / May 14, 2023

A giant elm tree fell on our property during a recent storm on May 14th. Looking inside the splintered stump, it is clear the hollow tree could not withstand another storm. Judging by its size, 30 paces or approximately 100 ft. in length, it must have sounded like a cannon when it fell. House is working to hire a contractor to clear the debris.

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Memorial Day Graveyard Tour / May 29, 2023

In 1757- two decades before the birth of the United States- the Quaker Community of New Garden, North Carolina, established its burial ground. From the wars of three centuries to the fight for civil rights, New Garden Friends Cemetery reveals a fascinating history. There will be a graveyard tour on May 29th at 10:00 a.m. led by Max Carter.

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Bolivian Quaker Education Fund Opportunities / May 24, 2023

The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund (BQEF) is seeking new board and committee members, liaisons, and advocates. If you are part of a Quaker meeting, church, or organization, or are aligned with Quaker values, interested in education, economic equity, Latin America, and/or have Spanish language skills, please go to https://tinyurl.com/2zhrps88 or the QR code to find out more and apply. The link sends you to a short application/questionnaire which describes what we are looking for, and…

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Notes from Pastor Ashley / May 24, 2023

Dear Friends, This week in semi-programmed worship, I will be wearing an extra microphone. That is because we will have an additional group joining us for worship: people who listen to Thee Quaker Podcast. This is a new podcast for Friends and those who want to know more about Friends. Once a month, Thee Quaker Podcast will feature a prepared message to share with listeners to give them an experience of Quaker worship. Jon Watts,…

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Help Hold the Line for Justice and Peace / May 24, 2023

The Maiden Group, Sojourners, and Friends Committee on National Legislation Ed Fund will host a webinar on May 24, at 5:00 p.m. featuring Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock (GA), Ron Ferguson of Winchester Friends Meeting, and other faith leaders. This online event is an opportunity to learn more about what is being negotiated on Capitol Hill, the impact on our communities, and how you can influence the decisions being made by Congress. Click the following link…

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Clerks Now Have a ZOOM Account / May 24, 2023

Effective May 24, all clerks now have access to a new ZOOM account that is not linked to Karin’s religious education account. Valerie will send an email to all new clerks once nominations are complete. If you would like the information prior to that time, please contact Valerie at the office, or via email. ([email protected])

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Religious Education / May 24, 2023

Dear Friends, Have you registered for Summer Program? Join us June12-15, 9:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. June is fast approaching! This week long, cooperative program takes on a different theme each year. Participants engage in a number of activities that are centered around that theme. Some activities include short lessons, crafts, music, and outdoor games. This year, our theme is Telling Our Stories! We hope Friends of all ages will join us as participants and/or volunteers for this…

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