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 11:00 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 from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and the other changes in schedule, below.

Adult Forum will meet by Zoom at 9:30 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 [email protected] ; 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: 11 a.m.

Thank you for your care and patience.

NGFM COVID Medical Advisors

Meeting for Worship / June 27, 2021

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November 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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November 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mondays for Marcus Vigil

November 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Wednesday Readings & Queries

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

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Adult Forum

December 5 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Looking Ahead

News you need to know

Re-home your old tablet at NGFM / November 23, 2021

Do you have a surplus iPad or similar tablet capable of running Zoom? New Garden’s Tech Crew needs a tablet for use during Meeting for Worship. It needs to be capable of running Zoom and have an earphone port. It will be used to monitor the First Day Zoom webcast managed from the Meeting House.…

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Covid Advisory Update / November 21, 2021

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What is Important to You? / November 23, 2021

The Peace & Social Concerns Committee is extending the deadline for submitting one-page-proposals on how the committee should spend grant money in the “Broader Concerns” portion of our budget. We are awarding $250-$500 grants to projects and organizations that normally do not receive much financial support, and that reflect Quaker values, including our commitment to…

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Challenging Racism / November 23, 2021

Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative spoke virtually to an A&T University audience on Wednesday, November 17. He noted the practice in Germany of ensuring that their people learn about the parts their ancestors played in allowing the atrocities of the Holocaust, in hopes that such things will never be…

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‘Tis the Season for Honor Cards / November 23, 2021

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Karin Heller, New Garden Friends Meeting

Religious Education News / November 23, 2021

Simple Christmas is back and in person! / This year, Simple Christmas has been scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 12:30-4 p.m. Because activities will take place outdoors, there is a possibility that we will have to postpone. If that is the case, rain/snow date is the following Saturday, December 11 at the same time. We…

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Thanksgiving Covid News / November 23, 2021

Infectious disease experts are now saying that fully vaccinated people can gather for the holidays with minimal risk. Testing in advance adds assurance that someone in the group is not unknowingly infected with COVID and thus capable of spreading the virus.  When the gathering includes elderly, pregnant, immunocompromised, or unvaccinated people (eg, children under age…

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Caring Friends Needs You / November 23, 2021

Do you knit? Do you crochet? Caring Friends Needs You! Caring Friends is looking for folks willing to make afghans. We have been blessed with an abundance of afghan supplied from our generous community in the past, but now supplies are running low. Afghans are offered by Caring Friends volunteers to those people in our…

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Plans for Celebrating Christmas / 2021

Christmas is right around the corner and plans are underway for how New Garden Friends Meeting can safely celebrate Christmas together as a community. Thanks to the hard work of Roger Seel (clerk of House Committee), aided by Linda Maynard (clerk of Grounds Committee) we have a live Christmas tree that has been planted near…

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Mondays for Marcus Vigil

The vigil continues for the tragic killing of a homeless unarmed mentally ill man named Marcus Smith at the hands of Greensboro police 3 years ago. The public is invited to join as we ask for justice and truth in law enforcement. We will continue every Monday from 12-1 p.m. on Washington St. downtown until…

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Covid Advisory / November 16, 2021

Infectious disease experts are now saying that fully vaccinated people can gather for the holidays with minimal risk. Testing in advance adds assurance that someone in the group is not unknowingly infected with COVID and thus capable of spreading the virus. When the gathering includes elderly, pregnant, immunocompromised, or unvaccinated people (eg, children under age…

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Challenging Racism / November 16, 2021

From a recent post of The Black Quaker Project: The BlackQuaker Project celebrates Benjamin Banneker (9 November 1731 – 19 October 1806), a legendary almanac publisher, astronomer, surveyor, farmer, and friend of Friends, who notably petitioned Thomas Jefferson to acknowledge African Americans’ inalienable right to liberation. Born of Senegalese descent and free from slavery, Banneker…

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Pastor Margaret’s Schedule thru December 2021

Margaret has partnered with the Meeting on Ministry and Counsel to shorten her work week so that she can spend more time with her family. She will be using her paid time off (vacation time) to take every Thursday off through the end of December. Margaret will continue to work her regular schedule of Sunday…

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Adult Forum / November 21, 2021

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Simple Christmas is Back and in Person! / December 4, 2021

This year, Simple Christmas has been scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 12-4 p.m. Because activities will take place outdoors, there is a possibility that we will have to postpone. If that is the case, rain/snow date is the following Saturday, December 11 at the same time. We have shifted to the afternoon in hopes that it will be…

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Covid Advisory / November 9, 2021

The COVID  Advisory Group last  met 11/8/21, and protocols for New Garden Friends Meeting  will continue mostly the same through the Holiday season. Specifically, we will continue semi-programmed Meeting for Worship (MFW) outdoors and/or by Zoom and Facebook Live, now back to 11 am.   Friends will be notified if weather does not permit in-person…

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Anti-Racism Work Group Query / November 9, 2021

The Antiracism Work Group is sharing queries to support our community in learning to view our processes and actions through an antiracism lens. Friends are invited to use these queries in their prayer, meditation, and contemplative practices, and may wish to share their responses and experiences of sitting with these queries in their interactions with…

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Challenging Racism / November 9, 2021

A quotation from Amhara Powell, in “Discovering Fellowship among African American Friends,” Friends Bulletin, Vol. 74, No. 1, January 2003, pp. 3-4: “Unprogrammed worship spoke to my condition like no prior religious practice. I thought of myself as having always been a Quaker without ever having known it. . . When I joined the Religious…

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Karin Heller, New Garden Friends Meeting

Religious Education News / November 9, 2021

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Share Your Proposal for Funds / Due Date: November 12, 2021

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Semi-Programmed Meeting for Worship / November 7, 2021

Update for Meeting for Worship at New Garden Friends for Sunday – November 7, 2021 Due to expected cold weather – the Sunday 11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship will be held virtually, not outside at NGFM. It can be viewed via Zoom and the New Garden Facebook Page. Reading: “Liminality” by Carrie Newcomer Message: Liminality…

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Covid Advisory / November 2, 2021

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Challenging Racism / November 2, 2021

The September 29 entry in this space offered a quotation from Harold Weaver, Jr.’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet #465 – Race, Systemic Violence, and Retrospective Justice (2020). In that pamphlet he mentions The BlackQuaker Project, which “(1) celebrates the lives and contributions of Quakers of Color worldwide and (2) documents and addresses their concerns. It is…

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Adult Forum / November 21, 2021

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Karin Heller, New Garden Friends Meeting

Adult Forum / November 7 , 2021

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Young Friends Campfire / November 7, 2021

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Pastor Margaret’s Schedule / October – December 2021

Margaret has partnered with the Meeting on Ministry and Counsel to shorten her work week so that she can spend more time with her family. She will be using her paid time off (vacation time) to take every Thursday off through the end of December. Margaret will continue to work her regular schedule of Sunday…

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Time Change for Meeting for Worship / Begins November 7

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