We look forward to welcoming you to New Earswick Quaker Meeting
During the Covid-19 pandemic, you can access the Meeting for Worship either in person at the Meeting House (wearing a face mask and with numbers limited to ensure social distancing) or remotely via the Zoom app.
Please contact us to check there will be space at the Meeting House and/or to obtain the Zoom joining details.
At the Meeting House (when permissible under government regulations)
When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of the Meeting who will show you to the meeting room. If you are new to Quakers we invite you to read our introductory leaflet downloadable here.
Please feel free to sit anywhere in the room. The chairs are arranged in a circle and spaced to ensure social distancing. Friends joining on Zoom are on a screen that forms part of the circle.
The meeting room is tranquil and calm. It is not consecrated and there is no altar or any religious symbols. Spontaneous spoken ministry may be given by anyone present. We are encouraged to stand when ministering, and to leave space between ministry for reflection. A Meeting may occasionally be entirely silent.
On Zoom an Elder will ask those present to mute their computers at the beginning of the worship. The meeting room will appear in its own Zoom window.
As at the Meeting House, anyone may give spoken ministry if they feel moved to do so. To do this, please unmute yourself, say your name, and then speak to minister. When you have finished, please mute your computer again.
At the end of the Meeting
The worship lasts for about an hour and is brought to a close by an Elder. Before notices, visitors will be asked if they wish to introduce themselves, but there is no compulsion to do so.
There is then an opportunity to chat informally in the meeting room for about 10 minutes, and similarly in breakout groups on Zoom. After this, everyone present joins together again for a few final words and the end of the Meeting.
Children and young people
At present our children and young people are able only to join on Zoom. They tend to join us for the last 10 mins of worship, having undertaken their own activity earlier in the Meeting. It is a great joy when the children join us.
Occasionally we set aside our traditional method of worship and prepare a more programmed Meeting for Worship. This works very well for all ages and brings the children into the heart of the Meeting. All Age Worship may include drawing, crafting, either individually or collectively, maybe a story, poem or reading, and possibly some singing. It is a time when we can spend the whole Meeting together, deepening our spirituality in new and sometimes surprising ways.
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) has a robust Safeguarding policy for both children and adults, which New Earswick Quaker Meeting abides by. We have safeguarding officers for both children and adults who you should contact in the first instance should you have any concerns.
In normal times, which we hope to return to soon!
In the Meeting House, copies of the bible and Quaker Faith & Practice are normally placed on a central table and are also distributed around the room under the chairs. You are welcome to consult these during Meeting.
After Meeting, we serve refreshments. This is an opportunity to find out more about us if you would like to. Feel free to ask the Clerk or Elder or the person who reads the Notices. There is a good selection of Quaker books and pamphlets to browse in our library. We have a visitors book that you are welcome to sign, but we will not contact you again unless you give us permission to do so.
We are currently planning how we might involve our younger Friends more and how we might restart our children and young people’s Meeting in the Meeting House once Covid restrictions are lifted.
We hope you enjoy your experience of worshipping with us at New Earswick