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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January 30 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am
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January 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Meeting for Worship / Semi-Programmed

January 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mondays for Marcus Vigil

January 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Feb 02

Wednesday Readings & Queries

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Feb 06

Meeting for Worship / Un-Programmed

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Adult Forum

February 6 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Looking Ahead

News you need to know

Update from Meeting on Ministry & Council / January 25, 2022

Current guidelines for gathering at New Garden Friends Meeting All group activities at NGFM are structured to be as inclusive and COVID-safe as possible. Nevertheless, we urge all New Gardeners to be mindful of the update above from our COVID medical advisers. Please make decisions about gathering at New Garden Friends Meeting and elsewhere based on your personal level of risk for serious COVID disease and the risks that your exposure to COVID could pose for…

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Upcoming Sunday Forums / January – February 2022

9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m. / Forum meets on Zoom: Check your email for a Zoom link, or contact [email protected] to receive a link. We look forward to seeing you online. January 30: Bayard Rustin was a Quaker Civil Rights activist, a close advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the chief organizer of the March on Washington. This week, Friends are invited to listen to the podcast linked below, and join us for a discussion on Sunday.…

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From the Antiracism Group / January 25, 2022

Dear NCFF Monthly Meetings: The North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (NCFF) Antiracism Working Group is interested in the work being done around race and racism in the monthly meetings of NCFF and has put together a survey for individuals to complete. The responses will be anonymous, but we are asking for respondents to identify their monthly meetings. The results will be aggregated and reported to a future NCFF Gathering, hopefully this March. We will also…

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Coping With Covid / January 25, 2022

Case positively (the number of positive tests of all the test results reported not including in-home tests) is still 37.8%, an alarming percentage, and the number of COVID hospitalizations remains extremely high.  Although the omicron variant is seemingly less severe, particularly in fully vaccinated individuals, the astounding number of cases recently diagnosed (with a small percentage still getting very ill) has filled up the hospitals and a high percentage of all ICU beds. We learned…

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Challenging Racism / Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival / February 12 – April 9, 2022

This comes from the Black Quaker Project: We are thrilled to announce the Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival, a first-of-its-kind film festival that endeavors to educate all about the importance of Quakers of Color who for too long have remained within the margins of the Society of Friends and the wider world. From 12 February 2022, during Black History Month, until Paul Robeson’s birthday on 9 April 2022 we will screen a film centered…

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Seekers Classes / February 2022

Seekers classes will happen on Zoom on Sundays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 4-6 p.m. These classes are a wonderful opportunity for newcomers and long-time members to learn more about Quakerism and New Garden Friends Meeting. We will cover the basics of Quaker history, Quaker faith, Quaker community practices and business practices and variations among different branches of Quakers. If you are interested in participating in Seekers classes please email Margaret Webb at…

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Refugee Support Update / January 25, 2022

New Garden’s donation collection and distribution area for the Afghan resettlement effort continues to help establish households for our new Afghan friends. Here is our updated list of donations–items we are and aren’t accepting as well as our hours for the rest of January. The basement is at capacity for storage so our donations list has changed (temporarily) to include only items in high demand: mattresses and box springs, irons, ironing boards, juicers and blenders,…

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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 September 8th, 2018. 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 the City Council settles his family’s lawsuit, accountability is acknowledged, even a possible apology. Several from NGFM are there weekly;…

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Challenging Racism / January 20, 2022

On Sunday, Pastor Margaret read an excerpt from Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” and I felt convicted as a “white moderate,” in whom Dr. King was deeply disappointed. He stated that “the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens “Councilor” or the Ku Klux Klanner but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the…

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Coping with COVID / January 20, 2022

North Carolina has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks and, increasingly, in the more highly contagious omicron variant. Hospitals and the healthcare workforce are strained. As weary as we all are of the restrictions and inconvenience COVID has caused us, we hope you will not let down your guard. Case rates have not been updated on the NC Health Department site due to the holiday weekend but continue to be at…

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Piedmont Friends Fellowship and Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting News / January 20, 2022

Piedmont Friends Fellowship and Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting have become aware of various challenges maintaining our separate organizational structure, including difficulties finding members able to serve in leadership roles on committees, clerkships and as representatives. In response to this challenging situation, the clerks of PFF and PFYM, have met to consider the best way forward. We feel that the current situation cannot continue and that we should adopt a new approach to how PFF and…

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Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation Workshop / January 20, 2022

The zoom workshop will be held January 20, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Join Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation for an evening of learning and lobby planning which will include: basics of the legislative process; state of the N.C. General Assembly; and how we can continue advocating for legislation we have engaged with over the past year. Register for this free workshop at (www.fcncl.org) in order to receive the Zoom link.

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Upcoming Sunday Forums / January – Feb 2022

January 23: White Voices Against Racism is an organization dedicated to ending systemic racism through education and the truth. White Voices Against Racism uses events and activities to create accessible, non-judgmental opportunities to learn. The group launched on May 27, 2021. Over the next five months a web site was created, a social media presence established, and “WVAR” held four events. Mark E. Kirstner, founder of WVAR, will join us on Sunday January 23rd to…

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Update from the Meeting on Ministry & Council / January 19, 2022

Current guidelines for gathering at New Garden Friends Meeting [first published January 4] All group activities at NGFM are structured to be as inclusive and COVID-safe as possible. Nevertheless, we urge all New Gardeners to be mindful of the update above from our COVID medical advisers. Please make decisions about gathering at New Garden Friends Meeting and elsewhere based on your personal level of risk for serious COVID disease and the risks that your exposure to…

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Honor Cards for 2021 / January 11, 2022

Thanks to the congregation’s support of this year’s Honor Card project, New Garden was able to collect a record amount of $3,520 for the following organizations: Backpack Beginnings Faith Action International Greensboro Urban Ministry Habitat for Humanity New Arrivals Institute Quaker House Reading Connections Salvation Army

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Committee News / January 11, 2022

How Your Financial Contributions Worked for Justice in 2021 Many New Gardeners are aware of our meeting’s financial support of: American Friends Social Committee Friends Committee on National Legislation Greensboro Urban Ministries New Garden Friends School Poor People’s Campaign Right Sharing of the World’s Resources Faith Action International House Interactive Resource Center North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light United Negro College Fund Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation In addition, thanks to the generous contributions…

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Coping With Covid / January 11, 2022

Update from the COVID Medical Advisory Group North Carolina has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, including the delta variant and, increasingly, the more-highly-contagious omicron variant. Hospitals and the healthcare workforce are strained. As weary as we all are of the restrictions and inconvenience COVID has caused us, we hope you will not let down your guard. We still have much to learn about the omicron variant. Vaccines are your best protection…

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Upcoming MLK Events / January 15-16, 2022

You are invited to participate in two community events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Commemoration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr will be shared in a Zoom call on Saturday, January 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Rev. Nelson Johnson will be the featured speaker. To register and receive a link for the Zoom call, contact CH Holcombe to receive the link MLK Day of Service will be held on Sunday, January 16…

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Quaker Relations Meeting Soon / January 20, 2022

The Quaker Relations Committee will be hosting Wess Daniels, director of Friends Center at Guilford College at our meeting, January 20 at 7 p.m. He will be giving us an update on the current status of the program and plans for the future. If Friends would like to sit in on this meeting let me know and I will send you the Zoom link. Contact: Sara White, ([email protected])

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“Finding Freedom: White Women* Taking on Our Own White Supremacy” / January 2022

Below, please find information about a workshop for white women* taking on their white supremacy. This particular session will be led by our own Lizzie Biddle. However, there are other sessions available if these dates don’t work. When: Three Sundays in January – 9, 16 & 23 3:00-7:00pm EST On Zoom What it is: “Finding Freedom: White Women* Taking on Our Own White Supremacy” We’ll explore: How are we as white women contributing to white…

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Refugee Support Update / January 5, 2022

New Garden’s donation collection and distribution area for the Afghan resettlement effort located in Norvell Hall is in full swing. Thanks to all who have donated; we have supported many families and individuals in establishing their new homes. We have two special notices regarding this outreach endeavor: If you are considering donating furnishings, we are overloaded with children’s clothing and supplies, as well as bed linens. So, we are not accepting those items at this…

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Upcoming Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation Meeting / January 20, 2022

News from Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation (FCNCL) / Save the date! On January 20, FCNCL will hold an Advocacy Workshop on Zoom from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This will be an introduction to how the General Assembly works, and an invitation to plan a lobby visit on a topic of your interest with other like-minded participants in FCNCL. Pass the word, mark the date, and watch for registration information

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Challenging Racism / January 5, 2022

A powerful Statement on Systemic Racism worth sharing from the North Carolina Council of Churches, in which NC Friends hold membership: https://tinyurl.com/ahsk93wf A resolution adopted by the Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches, June 2, 2020. Whereas the North Carolina Council of Churches was founded in 1935, primarily for the purpose of addressing racial inequity and racial injustice, and Whereas our white founders soon recognized that racial equity and racial justice should…

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Coping with COVID / January 5, 2022

Update from the COVID Medical Advisory Group North Carolina has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, including the delta variant and, increasingly, the more-highly-contagious omicron variant. Hospitals and the healthcare workforce are strained. As weary as we all are of the restrictions and inconvenience COVID has caused us, we hope you will not let down your guard. We still have much to learn about the omicron variant. Vaccines are your best protection…

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Update from the Meeting on Ministry & Council / January 5, 2022

Current guidelines for gathering at New Garden Friends Meeting All group activities at NGFM are structured to be as inclusive and COVID-safe as possible. Nevertheless, we urge all New Gardeners to be mindful of the update above from our COVID medical advisers. Please make decisions about gathering at New Garden Friends Meeting and elsewhere based on your personal level of risk for serious COVID disease and the risks that your exposure to COVID could pose for…

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Donations Needed for Students / January 5, 2022

I am looking for a sewing machine and/or serger and I am collecting the following materials for students at Guilford College. If you have anything sitting in the closet, please donate. Your help will enable students to concentrate on school and projects they want to accomplish. I am integrating arts approaches in my classes and making connections between arts, social change and peacebuilding. We are looking for the following items: Fabric, yarn, trim, buttons sewing…

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A Note from the Internet Tech Crew / December 28, 2022

Our lightly-programed Meeting for worship on 12/26 had some technical problems. We had trouble providing consistent audio to both in-person and online worshipers, leading to delays, missed communication, and a lack of interconnection between folks online and folks on the lawn. There was a lesson from this week that we on the tech crew take very seriously: Our electronic setup is complicated. When we change it, there can be unforeseen results. While we haven’t traced…

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Challenging Racism / December 28, 2021

In the new year Friends will be coming back to the meetinghouse for worship. Perhaps then, after being away for so long, we can see with new eyes what was once so familiar. I invite us all to observe carefully the walls and bulletin boards for signs that Black Lives Matter. Note: If you haven’t been in the nursery for awhile, you may have missed the Black Jesus painting. Thank you to the Friend(s) who…

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