Becoming a More Welcoming Meeting

A Workshop & Training

9am–1:30pm, Saturday, September 13, 2014, Friends Center Parlor & Library

Our Meeting receives as many as 10 to 15 visitors a week. Some have been invited by people who regularly worship with us. Some are from other Friends Meetings, attending while in town for a brief stay. Quite a few of our visitors are entirely new to us, being drawn to experience the meeting for worship and the life of the Spirit within our Meeting community. A Fellowship and Outreach Committee person greets us at the door, but what does it mean to truly welcome someone into the heart of the meeting?

Friends General Conference, one of our Quaker umbrella organizations, has produced a booklet, “You Are Welcome Here: Learnings from QuakerQuest About Inviting Newcomers into the Life of the Meeting.” QuakerQuest is a focused outreach program used successfully by Meetings around the Quaker world. Members of our Meeting’s Core Working Group and the Fellowship and Outreach Committee are developing a workshop and training based on ideas and exercises in the booklet.

You are invited to participate in this Saturday morning event, helping us discern how we can better coordinate a more invitational, intentional, Spirit-led welcoming presence in our Meeting. Children’s activities, light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Schedule for the Morning:
9am – Gather for light breakfast of bagels, coffee and tea (provided)
9:30am – Worship
10:00am to 12:30pm – Program
12:30pm – Simple lunch of soup, salad, and bread (provided)

For more information and/or to participate in planning for this event, contact Jonathan Vogel-Borne,