I am a 42yr old mum of 3, was a Quaker in my youth and about 5 years ago started attending my local meeting... DCs and HB really liked attending and I felt 'at home' became a member last year and have just been to our first yearly meeting gathering- wonderful, exhausting and uplifting all at the same time ..
Hi, I’m a Quaker. 53 yr old mum with a grown-up DS and 2 DGSs. Been a fully fledged Quaker for about 2yrs now after attending for years. I’ve never yet been to a Yearly Meeting, planned to go this year but was fully booked up when I finally decided to get round to it. Lots to do there?
Hi all, Yes, I'm a Quaker. My local faith community (Meeting) has helped me get through some difficult times this summer (we've had a very sad family bereavement this year) Being part of that community means a lot to me. Also went to YMG in Bath in the summer, which I also loved, though was slightly knackering. Have come back on spiritual forum to look for two other lovely threads - the christian prayer thread (though don't always identify as christian), and the being thankful thread. Both of those have also helped me a lot this year especially. Love to all x
No, but I am interested. I have been thinking recently and some of the most quietly powerful, good people I have ever met have been Quakers. And I would like to be a better person than I know I am. I am trying to get my courage together to go along.
Hello juggling - was re-reading this thread and realised I recognised you from the gratitudes thread I've just posted on Ha! Should have read a nearly 2 year old I really want to start going to my local Quaker meeting this year. I'm trying to pluck up courage as I think it would be so good for me....although I wouldn't get to go to the meetings so much, unless DH could babysit, otherwise I would have to sit in with DS in the children's group. Still, it would be a good way to get to know some other Quaker families.
If you want to find out more about your local Friends meeting then please visit this website: www.quaker.org.uk/fam You can arrange to meet a Quaker before you attend a meeting if you feel nervous or want to find out more first. You could also visit different meetings to see which might suit you. My DS & me have been attending for 3 years and the opportunity to sit in silence in such a comforting & supportive atmosphere is lovely. DS is the only child at our meeting but he love going & attends voluntarily.
How old is your DS Blody ? I would love to start going, my biggest worry is taking my extremely energetic 2 year old DS, but I have found out that my local Quaker meeting does childrens meetings too, so that would be an option.
I've looked up the local meeting for when we move next month and it isn't far, so logistics are fine as DH or DM will happily have the DC (eldest is baptised Catholic as DH's family are Catholic, though DH himself doesn't actually go to church any more...DS will be baptised in due course too.). So as long as the meeting is friendly I should be fine to start trying it out.