MILFORD HAVEN QUAKERS
Meeting House, Meditation & Wellbeing Centre
Anyone needing spiritual advice or support is welcome to contact any of our Elder and Oversight group. For advice about this or Quaker funerals, please contact our Clerk on 07980 420300
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QUAKERS AT A GLANCE
Simplicity, Truth, Equality, Peace, Stewardship
Our Testimonies have stood the test of time and guide us in what we do.
Simplicity means we have no creed or set of beliefs that have to be accepted.
Truth and Integrity is woven into how we live and see the world.
Equality of all people is fundamental to how we are.
Peace in how we live and through our peace-work.
Stewardship for the world and the earth we have inherited.
Milford Haven Quakers' Meeting House, Meditation and Wellbeing Centre exists to help meet spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the community. It is open to members of all faiths and none. In addition to the Wellbeing Centre, we let out spaces in the Meeting House to groups who share our values. The Nantucket Suite is ideal for group actives or meetings, and is designed to allow disability access. To hire any of the spaces in our Meeting house please contact our Clerk.
Reinforcing our Commitment
For many years this part of the premises at Priory Road were occupied by the Pinocchio Nursery School. These rooms have been refurbished since the nursery closed and are now re-opening as a Wellbeing Centre.
A number of health and wellbeing practitioners will be offering their services. The space is designed to be very private, calm and peaceful. It has its own discreet entrance.
One Step at a Time
The Meeting House was opened in 1811 and has served as a home for Quakerism in Pembrokeshire ever since. Quakers accept that each person's faith is rooted in their experience, particularly in the practice of silent waiting, and must be allowed to grow over time. What we come to believe or are moved to do comes from that inner place of peace, love and connection.
Finding that Place of Calm
Whilst our Meetings are suspended we encourage people to take time each day in meditation, contemplation or prayer.
"Be still and cool in thy own mind and spirit from thy own thoughts …" as George Fox counselled in 1658.
Beginning with stillness our faith becomes action.
In silence which is active, the Inner Light begins to glow – a tiny spark. For the flame to be kindled and to grow, subtle argument and the clamour of our emotions must be stilled. It is by an attention full of love that we enable the Inner Light to blaze and illuminate our dwelling and to make of our whole being a source from which this Light may shine out.
Pierre Lacout, 1969: Quaker Faith & Practice 2:12
Quakers, Whales, Poets and Peace
Quakerism began in Britain about 1652. Before the 1688 Act of Toleration made life in England and Wales better for Quakers, many emigrated to America to escape persecution and frequent imprisonment.
Refusal to take part in The American War of Independence led to Quakers from Nantucket returning to Britain in 1792, establishing the town of Milford Haven and making it the base for their whaling fleet. They built the Meeting House in 1811.
That Quaker concern with peace also led Waldo Williams - the renowned poet of the Welsh language - to campaign during the 1950s against the Preseli Hills being used as tank ranges, and to his being imprisoned for refusal to pay taxes that might be used for war.
Stephen Griffiths, a long time Member of the Meeting, wrote a book about the History of Quakers in Pembrokeshire, which can be obtained from the Meeting.
CONTACT MILFORD HAVEN QUAKERS
We welcome enquires about our Meeting or about Quakerism. Please use the form opposite to get in touch. We will get back to you as soon as we are able.
Bookings for the Nantucket Suite, the main Meeting Room, or for the Wellbeing Centre can be made via our Clerk. Please use the form opposite.
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