Dear Friends, It’s hard to believe that Easter is right around the corner. But it is! I hope you will all join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt in the New Garden Friends Cemetery at the rise of Meeting for Worship (12 p.m.ish) on Easter Sunday (April 9th). Friends are invited to bring wrapped candy and small toys (think plastic egg size) to the Religious Education office next Sunday, April 2nd, for use as egg stuffers. Young Friends who are interested in playing Easter Bunny/egg hiders are invited and encouraged to meet on the benches outside the meetingroom after the programmed message on Easter Sunday. A flyer for the event is attached.
The clerking workshop with Emily Provance was fantastic and well attended. The workshop was recorded for future use, but is also available to Friends who were unable to attend. Email me at [email protected] to request the link.

— Warmly, Karin

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 2: FCNL Session: What does reproductive health care look like in the world that you, and we at New Garden Friends seek? How are the Quaker values and testimonies relevant to the issue of abortion? Should the FCNL Policy Statement be revised on the issues of abortion and reproductive health and abortion? If so, what should the Policy Statement say?

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is seeking discernment from Friends across the country on reproductive health and abortion. We’ll discern these and other queries together on April 2 during the Adult forum session.

Abortion is presently considered a “challenge” area, acknowledging that Friends across the U.S. have not been in unity on abortion. Therefore, it is not currently a part of the FCNL Policy Statement nor the Legislative Priorities for the 118th Congress. The Policy Committee of the General Committee is asking Friends to revisit, if any, what advocacy FCNL should do on reproductive health and abortion. Find more information here including queries to consider and additional resources.