Dear Friends, It will likely come as no surprise to all of you that I spend quite a bit of time thinking about our community. Religious Education Ministry certainly comes with its share of tasks, events, and meetings. But it is also learning, connecting, spiritual exploration, growth and discernment. A substantial amount of that exploration and growth comes from being in community, and sharing stories with all of you.
Story sharing is powerful. Knowing one another deeply, having shared stories with one another, allows for grace in moments of frustration or exasperation (Monthly Meeting for Worship with attention to Business, anyone?). Connection and story sharing is the glue that binds us in community.
Beginning in May, we will have an opportunity to listen and share our spiritual stories with one another during First Day Forum. Below, you will find two linked articles from Friends Journal, as well as several queries. I encourage you to read the articles, hold the queries, and consider whether you might be willing to share your spiritual journey with Friends. This activity is open to Friends of all ages, and is not limited to oral presentation. Young Friends may wish to create a cartoon, Gacha, or YouTube story. Share your story with us however you feel most comfortable. Email me with questions, comments, and for scheduling. [email protected]
Telling Stories of Our Spiritual Journey / friendsjournal.org
What We Can Say Now / friendsjournal.org
• What were your early experiences with religion and lessons about God?
• How did that concept of God and religion change and grow as you began to understand these early lessons?
• What special life turning points brought you closer to or away from God?
• What influence did education, career, marriage, or children have on your faith and practice?
• How did you learn about Friends? What led you to this meeting?
• How has this meeting supported your spiritual journey?
• What do you believe now?
Mark Your Calendars!
Join us for Summer Program June12-15, 9:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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 wonderful week of learning, fun, and fellowship. Contact Karin Heller for registration forms. [email protected]
Children are Welcome at Meeting for Worship!
All children are invited and encouraged to join us during Meeting for Worship. There is a blanket in the back corner of the meetingroom for children to sit on for Meeting for Wiggles. They are welcome to bring small, quiet toys to play with. Crayons and activity packets are available in the foyer outside the Worship room.
Childcare is available beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the rise of Meeting for Worship. Please email Karin Heller if you plan to use childcare to ensure coverage. [email protected]
Adult Forum- 9:45-10:45 a.m. (hybrid-parlor and Zoom)
April 9: This week we will come together in the parlor and on Zoom for fellowship and open discussion.