Another KitCat (keeping in touch coffee and chat) morning was held at the Art Cafe in Byfleet. There were eight of us there, five of whom can't attend on a Sunday, so it was a good time to share and maintain connections.
In November our Quaker Faith and Practice study group shared our challenges and hopes about pacifism using the booklet, ‘Twelve Quakers and Pacifism’ as a starting point. As always, we finished the evening enriched by each other’s experiences.
On 12 November Irene and Rosemary laid a wreath of white and red poppies at the town’s Remembrance Day ceremony. The wording on the wreath, as usual, was, ‘In memory of all the victims of war, including animals. We pray for the day when war is abolished as a method of resolving conflict.’
On Sunday 5 November our numbers were swelled by the presence of several members of other Woking faiths who had been invited via Woking People of Faith to share our worship and have lunch with us afterwards. It was lovely to have the opportunity to chat to both new and old friends.
Monday 9 October our regular Quaker Faith and Practice group met to consider the topic of Quakers and Faith. It was an inspiring session sharing our individual experiences of trust and beliefs.
Eight of us met on Wednesday 13 September at the Art Cafe in Byfleet for a chat and coffee. It was a great way to maintain contact with people who have other commitments on a Sunday; and a pure delight to see Harriet running about smiling at everyone. Lots of good conversation! We intend to meet here once a month.
On Monday 11 September our regular Quaker Faith and Practice group met to consider the topic of Quakers and Jesus. This was part of the series we are doing based on the ‘Twelve Quakers and …’ booklets. These times together provide a rich time of sharing and truly deepen our spiritual experience.
On Sunday 3 September we had a shared lunch after meeting, enriched by the company of partners attending who don't usually worship with us. The food was delicious and the talk by a member of Woking Street Angels left most of us intrigued by what occurs in our town at 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.
On 17 June Journeyman Theatre performed their play, ‘Breeding Grounds’ for the Woking Debates. This was their last performance in Woking as Lynn and David Morris are retiring from touring.
The play raised several pressing global problems such as the climate emergency and overpopulation and the ethical decisions we all face.
Sheila and Irene joined Keith, the Quaker chaplain for Coldingley Prison, at a 'festival of religion', an opportunity for all the chaplains who regularly visit individual prisoners there to explain their faiths to anyone else who might be interested. Some of both staff and prisoners showed genuine interest in our stand and the Quaker faith and it was also a great opportunity for the chaplains to get to know each other better.
Our Quaker Faith and Practice group this month shared insights into our practice of simplicity, using the booklet, ‘Twelve Quakers and Simplicity’, as a starting point for the discussion. Most of us found this a challenging topic but one that had depths and direct links to our inner spiritual experiences.
May's Woking Debate, 'How can we makes taxes fairer' had speakers from three of the political parties in Woking and ranged over personal taxation, local taxes, the national debt and the living wage. All the speakers thought that reform was necessary.
In January the Woking Quaker Faith and Practice group decided we would revisit the 'Twelve Quakers and…' booklets. In February we shared our thoughts on ‘Twelve Quakers and God’. These Monday evenings are always thought-provoking and a great way of getting to know each other.
The evenings are hybrid, using Zoom and face-to-face in the meeting house
The Woking Debates, which Woking Quakers support, aim to encourage active participation in our community by looking at underlying issues facing us. This year six talks have been planned so far on the following subjects:
28 January - Ukraine: what is the road to peace?
25 February - Cost of living or price of greed?
25 March - Is Woking broke?
29 April - Climate change: what can we do to stay within the 1.5°C target?
20 May - How can we make taxes fairer?
17 June - Play: ‘Breeding Grounds’