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

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Adult Forum

June 20 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Sun 20

Spiritual Disciplines Class

June 20 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Mon 21

Mondays for Marcus Vigil

June 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wed 23

Wednesday Readings & Queries

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sun 27

Meeting for Worship / Un-Programmed

June 27 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Sun 27

Meeting for Worship / Semi-Programmed

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sun 27

Adult Forum

June 27 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Looking Ahead

News you need to know

New Friends Committee on National Legislation Group / June 2020

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…

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Greensboro Urban Ministry Virtual Food Drive / June 2021

Again, this year Greensboro Urban Ministries has had to forego their spring food drive at local participating grocery stores due to COVID. You may remember that last year New Garden Friends Meeting had an alternative, virtual food drive, and raised $2,372 to help re-stock the GUM’s food pantry. Peace and Social Concerns Committee would like…

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Styrofoam Recycling Sites / June 15, 2021

See below for three Styrofoam Drop Off Sites: Styrofoam Recycle Center, 1310 W. Gate City Boulevard First Presbyterian Church. 100 block: West Fisher Ave near North Elm St. intersection. Bins are in alley way below the parking deck, near glass recycling bins Peace United Church of Christ, 2714 W. Market Street

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Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting Interim Meeting / June 19, 2021

You are invited to the next Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting Interim Meeting, via Zoom, Saturday, June 19th, from 10 a.m. to noon. In this meeting, in addition to hearing reports, we will be approving the minutes from annual sessions, the epistle, the last IM minutes, and considering priorities for the coming year. In preparation you…

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Message from the Covid Medical Advisory Group / June 15, 2021

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 will continue to hold semi-programmed meetings for worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays outdoors. This remains the safest way for a large group of people, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to…

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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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New Technologies Forum / June 27, 2021

2:00 p.m. / Can New Technologies Including Nuclear Energy Help Solve the Climate Crisis? On Sunday, June 27, an educational and interactive forum will explore the potential and need for nuclear and other advanced technologies to help address the on-rushing climate crisis. Friends from New Garden Meeting, Friendship Meeting and First Friends will host this…

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Remembrance Project Summer Series / June 17, 2021

Guilford County Community Remembrance Project is kicking off our virtual summer video and conversation series. We hope you will join us. Please register in advance for each meeting. Thursday June 17 / 7:00 p.m. / “Racism has a cost for everyone” Register at: Thursday, July 15 / 7:00 p.m. / “How racism makes us sick” Register at:…

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Introducing Deborah Suess / June 15, 2021

The Meeting on Ministry and Counsel is pleased to introduce Deborah Suess, who will serve as Interim Pastoral Minister of NGFM during Margaret’s 10-week maternity leave, likely beginning in early to mid-August.  Deborah will bring prepared messages at semi-programmed Meeting For Worship on June 13 and July 18, and New Gardeners will have an opportunity…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Information / June 15, 2021

Cases of COVID, hospitalizations and percent positive COVID tests in NC have decreased and stayed stable at relatively low levels  this week. Vaccination numbers increased slowly with NC having 44% of the total population and 81% of persons age 65 years and older now fully vaccinated. Vaccination continues for 12-15 year olds and  counting full vaccination for…

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House Committee News / June 9, 2021

AED Training Course / If you wish to join a training course for our AED (Automated External Defibrillator) please place your name on the list. Contact Sharon Burton, 336 292-5487 or ( to request a place on the list. When a schedule is set, you will be notified for enrollment. NGFM Keys! For security purposes,…

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Adult Forum / June 13, 2021

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. / Join us to learn more about Greensboro’s own Magnolia House. The Magnolia House (known by it’s formal name, the Daniel D. Debutts House) was a popular destination for African American travelers who were not allowed to share the same accommodations as whites. Many famous African Americans stayed there, including…

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Summer Program / June 19, 2021

Summer Program will run on three Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 19, July 10 and August 28. Summer Program has always been a cooperative program. However this year, due to Covid guidelines (and also because it’s more fun this way!) adults/caregivers must stay for the entirety of the program. We…

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Semi-Programmed Meeting for Worship / June 13, 2021

10:00 a.m. / In-Person outdoors (weather permitting) on the grounds of our meeting house. Deborah Suess is our guest speaker for this Sunday and will bring the prepared message. Reading: Selections from Living the Quaker Way by Philip Gulley. Message Title: Why I Am (Still) A Quaker Meeting for Worship livestream: Facebook Live: Prepared…

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Challenging Racism / June 9, 2021

In her pamphlet, “The Seed Cracked Open: Growing Beyond Racism”, author Vanessa Julye, a Black Quaker woman from PA, exposes racism within the Religious Society of Friends. In response to Friends asking her repeatedly, “What can I do?” Julye and scholar Barrington Dunbar make the following suggestions: Nurture your “Inner Light” to be as effective…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Information / June 9, 2021

We held our first outdoor in-person semi-programmed meeting, with simultaneous Zoom, on June 6 at 10 a.m. Approximately 70 people were in attendance on the meeting house grounds and 30 participated by Zoom. Also at the June  6, Monthly Meeting we approved a reopening plan that prioritizes safety and inclusiveness for all users of the…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Information / June 2, 2021

Cases of COVID and hospitalizations in NC have stabilized at relatively low levels this week. Vaccination numbers increased last week with NC now having 38.6% of the total population and 76.9% of persons age 65 years and older now fully vaccinated. Vaccination continues for 12-15 year olds. Find CDC guidelines for appropriate behavior to minimize…

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Greensboro Urban Ministry Food Drive / June 2021

Again, this year Greensboro Urban Ministries has had to forego their spring food drive at local participating grocery stores due to COVID. You may remember that last year New Garden Friends Meeting had an alternative, virtual food drive, and raised $2,372 to help re-stock the GUM’s food pantry. Peace and Social Concerns Committee would like…

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