THIS MONTH'S CHARITY
Shelter Cymru is Wales’ people and homes charity.
We work for people in housing need by providing free, independent, expert housing advice and we campaign to overcome the barriers which stand in the way of people in Wales having a decent, secure home.
Our housing advice has been keeping people in their homes since 1981
NEWS & VIEWS
Milford Haven Quakers - What's happening.
MEETINGS FOR BUSINESS
1 November 2020
THE LOVING EARTH PROJECT
13 April 2020
The idea of making textile panels which can be exhibited if we wish and can travel to be displayed at the International Climate conference in Glasgow.
The idea arose at a conference on climate change at Swarthmore Hall. Some lovely textile panels were made. The project is now being supported by Woodbrooke.
People were asked to respond to three questions:-
1.What or who do you love that is in danger from environmental breakdown?
2.How do you and your lifestyle contribute to that threat?
3. How can you be part of the solution? Small things make a difference!
We are asked to make a design in any way using textiles of any kind on a 30 centimetre square. It should have a border around which I think should be at least a centimetre and I would make a bigger border at the top in case we want to hang it or put a small rod through it. ( probably about 4 or more centimetres).
The design could be knitted, crocheted, appliquéd, embroidered, a fabric collage applied to the square with glue if you don’t like sewing! Etc,?!
I would invite the other Meetings to join us and we will have an exhibition at Milford Haven Meeting House and then it could travel to other venues before going to Glasgow—-if that is a what you would like. Please invite your non-Quaker friends to join the project!
There is a website & Facebook page: LovingEarthProject
Best wishes and please let me know if you are going to have a go.
11th September 2020
Work has started to improving the drainage to the front of the building. The aim is to help dry the walls by lowering the ground water level next to the foundations. A French drain is being installed. It will not be possible to visit the Meeting House whilst the work is being done.
AN INVITATION TO HOPE AND DREAM: STAGE 2 OF SWAM SPIRITUAL REVIEW.
1st October 2020
We are now ready to go on to answering the question:-
How would you like to see SWAM in one year’s time? What is your dream?
We have included the following links from the Simpler Meetings Project and Ben Pink Dandelion’s Swarthmore Lecture “Open for Transformation” which may give you some inspiration. They are worth watching.
The spiritual review group have created a blog where Friends can share ideas on their dreams and ideas for the future of SWAM.
During stage one of the SWAM Spiritual Review a number of themes came up and this blog enables you to post you ideas and dreams for the future. Each theme has a separate page so you can enter your comments and read others.
I am hoping you will engage with this and promote it amongst your contacts.
The web address is: https://swamspiritualreviewblog.wordpress.com/
Thank you in anticipation.
Brian, Joan and Pam (Spiritual Review group) Just to remind you, the primary purpose of Area Meeting is to:
Develop and maintain a community of Friends, a family of local meetings who gather for worship, mutual support, administration, learning, deliberation and social life which can make its meetings enjoyable occasions and build up the spiritual life of its members’ 4.02 QF&P
The way this is achieved is up to us all to discern.
The Spiritual Review group
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE IN SWAM
1st December 2020
Nominations Committee wishes to draw attention to opportunities for service in SWAM, each of which will suit someone with particular interests or skills.
We ask interested Friends to contact their representative on Nominations Committee or its clerk:
Custodian of Records: We invite expressions of interest from people who may have experience as librarian or archivist or who are drawn to learning a new skill.
EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT HOSTED ON ZOOM BY MEETING OF FRIENDS IN WALES.
Friday 11th December from 7pm
Meeting of Friends in Wales, Quakers
You are invited to an evening of entertainment hosted on Zoom by Meeting of Friends in Wales.
The evening is to say thank you to our administrator of 13 years, Jules Montgomery and to wish her well as she takes a new path on her life journey.
Join us on Friday December 11th at 7pm ready to entertain and/or be entertained by Friends from all over Wales and the Marches. We will begin gathering online at 7 and start the hour of entertainment at 7.15. RSVP for the link.
The ‘Noson Lawen’ of Welsh tradition was a formal or informal gathering of friends and neighbours to entertain each other with storytelling, singing, playing an musical instrument, readings of poetry, or prose and even the occasional clog dance.
Our Noson Lawen can include any of these and more. For example bring along a piece of craft work to show, a favourite object, a treasured memory, anything really. The theme, to fit with Jules new beginning and our Symud Ymlaen/Moving Forward project is
Remembering the Past. Embracing the Future
Anything that relates to Jules would be good too.
If you’d like to do a slot please let me know so I can work out the programme for the evening. The deadline for items is December 1st.
Here’s my email address.
Keep in mind a time limit of between 2 to 4 minutes for your item.
Thank you Friends. I can’t wait for the offers of entertainment to flood in.
Let’s send Jules off with a great evening.
Ruth (Moore Williams)
Assistant Clerk MFW
Quakers do not stand apart from the world but have a history of being involved, joining with other to bring about change.
True godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavours to mend it: not hide their candle under a bushel, but set it upon a table in a candlestick.
William Penn, 1682
ADVICES & QUERIES
Each week an Advice & Query will be posted here
Since 1682 it has been our practice to ask "How the Truth has prospered amongst them (Quakers) since the last yearly meeting, and how Friends are in peace and unity?"
That question has evolved into our 42 Advices and Queries. Each month one is chosen to be read to the Meeting for those present to reflect on. Periodically they are revised in the light of contemporary experience. They are challenges to encourage examination of your spiritual life.
Each week one of the Advices and Queries will be posted here. Please take time to read and consider how it bears on your life.
Advices & Queries No. 19
Rejoice in the presence of children and young people in your meeting and recognise the gifts they bring. Remember that the meeting as a whole shares a responsibility for every child in its care. Seek for them as for yourself a full development of God’s gifts and the abundant life Jesus tells us can be ours. How do you share your deepest beliefs with them, while leaving them free to develop as the spirit of God may lead them? Do you invite them to share their insights with you? Are you ready both to learn from them and to accept your responsibilities towards them?
A History of Quakers in Pembrokeshire
by Stephen Griffiths
£4.95 plus postage.
Stephen Griffiths was a member of our Meeting form 1949 until his death in 2010 at the age of 101. He taught for many years at Pembroke Grammar School. He was born and raised in Blaenau Ffestiniog and wrote several books and articles in his native Welsh.