Behind the Scenes / September 26, 2021

Alan Spiewak (left) and Wiley Sykes manage the technology necessary for worshippers on the lawn at New Garden Friends Meeting and simultaneously webcast the service over Facebook Live and Zoom. A team of about five people is necessary to set up for Meeting for Worship on the lawn. Anyone with an interest in helping run the sound system, managing cables, or becoming a Zoom Master is encouraged to contact Alan, Wiley, or Tom Lassiter. Prior…

Covid Advisory / September 28, 2021

The COVID plans for New Garden Friends Meeting will remain the same this week in accordance with current policies and protocols for protecting friends/Friends from COVID.  Specifically we will continue semi-programmed MFW outdoors and/or by Zoom and Facebook live, un-programmed MFW outdoors or indoors and small group meetings indoors at the Meeting House, in accordance with current masking and distancing protocols. Our next meeting of the Covid Medical Advisory Group will be held October 11, 2021 so if…

Plan for Upcoming Events / September 28, 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 new things that we can do to connect, be joyful and celebrate. Let’s get creative! A suggestion example is having…

Cleaning Up Greensboro / October 9 & 16, 2021

In October, along with other congregations in the wider New Garden Guilford College community, we are mobilizing to clean up Friendly Avenue. Greensboro Beautiful’s Big Sweep will kick off this October. Our team of volunteers will clean up from New Garden Road to Chimney Rock Road on Saturday afternoons, October 9 and October 16, 2 – 4 p.m. To join the fun, contact Bill McNeil at 919-622-3303 or email: ([email protected])

Afghan Families Update / September 21, 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 welcome in their new home. They will need guidance as they make their way through an unfamiliar land. They need…

Challenging Racism / September 21, 2021

From Vanessa Julye, in her pamphlet entitled The Seed Cracked Open (2005) on p. 10: Henry Cadbury writes that the first African-American Quaker was permitted to join Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1784. He noted that Quakers of European descent took up the subject of African-American membership in their meetings after freeing the enslaved in 1785. But ten years later, Joseph Drinker, a Philadelphia Friend, wrote with regret that prominent Friends objected to admitting African-Americans: “Preferring…

New Ideas Gathering / September 26, 2021

Do you have an idea that you want to bring forward to the New Garden Friends community but are not sure who to approach or how to bring it up? The New Ideas Group invites you to share ideas that you may have for our Meeting community. Our next meeting for ideas will take place on Zoom at 1 p.m. on September 26. All New Gardeners are welcome to attend. A zoom link will be…

FCNL and FCNCL News / September 21, 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 FCNCL’s Annual Meeting Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation website: https://fcncl.org/ Saturday, October 2, 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., online Join us to discuss: how does my faith lead me in advocacy…

Semi-Programmed Meeting for Worship / September 26, 2021

10:00 a.m. / In-Person outdoors (weather permitting) on the grounds of our meeting house. Miles Foy will be speaking. Reading: Ruth 1:14-18 Title: “Exclusion and Inclusion” Meeting for Worship livestream: Facebook Live: http://www.facebook.com/NewGardenFriendsMeeting Meeting for Worship on Zoom: Check your email for a Zoom link, or contact [email protected] to receive a link. Prepared messages are posted at: www.ngfm.org/media

Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship / September 26, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. / Those attending unprogrammed meetings for worship on Sundays from 9 – 9:45 a.m. are welcome to use Friendship Hall. 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…