Newark Quakers meet every Sunday
We have now restarted our weekly Sunday Meeting which starts at 10.30am. Due to the need for social spacing and the size of our meeting room we have to limit the numbers that can attend so if you wish to come to our Sunday Meeting please contact or leave a message at 01636918256. Please don't hestitate to get in touch if you want to join us as we will try to give as many as possible the opportunity to attend. At present we are asking those that come to wear a mask.
We hope Friends who cannot join us at the Meeting on Sunday in person will join us via Zoom as we now have camera and microphone in the Meeting room. Please contact us and we will send you the Zoom link.
We are as well holding a number of regular events on Zoom where we meet up regularly for a catch up and chat, or short Meeting for Worship. Also on some Thursday evenings at 7.30 we have a discussion evening. If you want to be included in any of these please contact our clerk.
We will not yet be restarting our Meeting on alternative Wednesday lunchtimes.
"Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness: and bearing one with another and forgiving one another and not laying accusations one against another: but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.
Isaac Pennington, 1667.
Wednesday an opportunity to catch up and just chat plus short
outdoor Meeting for Worship
Wednesdays at 2 pm
Thursday evening October 21st
7.30pm 'Favourite Things' an opportunity to share a favourite poem, reading, picture or short piece of music.
Contact our Clerk for details.
Newark Sunday Meeting
All our meetings will be at our Quaker Centre on Queens Head Court in the corner of the Market Place
December 3rd The Climate emergency. My journey to Climate Activism. Talk from Geoffrey Stratford of Lincoln Faith and Environment and Extinction Rebellion.
The Quaker Centre is available for hire. Please e-mail to find out more.
Welcome to the Newark Quaker Meeting website. We are a new and growing meeting. We have just moved into our new Meeting House at The Quaker Centre on Queens Head Court which is right in the centre of Newark just off the Market Place.
We hope these pages will tell you a little about our meeting here in Newark.
We meet every Sunday at 10.30am and every second and fourth Wednesday at 12.45pm for our shared silence in the Quaker tradition and all are welcome to join us.
No need for an introduction just come along or if you would like to talk to someone first then telephone our Clerk. It’s a friendly and welcoming group where a warm welcome is guaranteed.
Latest news !
Latest credo below and
Gleanings and insights to share during this difficult time - click above on 'Our Virtual Meeting'
Credo....'Faith, Hope and Love, the Cornerstones Gill
The first spiritual experience I remember, was sitting alone in a meadow - overwhelmed by the beauty of the earth - teeming with life, hopping, flying, crawling, singing all around me. I felt an ever expanding sense of wonder, seeing and feeling all was full of light and love and knowing I was part of it.
Raised as a Catholic - the Faith of my mother’s family - as a young person I loved going to church.
My father was very quiet about matters of Faith except to say his mother had been a Quaker.
His sister was my favourite Aunt. Unlike my father she was a churchgoer and took me with her when I visited..
A print of Jesus' the light of the world' hung in her house alongside a photograph of her mother, my grandmother...now, they hang in mine.
I liked the image I could see the lamplight, but didn't understand the significance of 'the light'' as the inner light - what Quakers would call 'that of God' that is in each of us. In the painting Jesus looks us in the eye... is knocking on the door
In my twenties I was introduced to Buddhism and for several years adopted this as a daily spiritual practice.
Mid-life I had a transformational healing experience...a 'metanoia'... I let go of blaming and fretting and fighting with God and Church and family 'out there', and finally surrendered to 'that of God 'within.
I was driving at the time, not on the road to Damascus but about to join the slip road to the A1... Finding it impossible to go on as if nothing had happened, I managed to turn round, drove home slowly, and began to make peace with my mother, and by default, with myself.
That which I had hoped for, for so long, happened when I had a change of heart. Put simply, I forgave and was forgiven, we started again.
Attending Quaker Meetings has come much later when I decided I wanted to be part of a worshiping community. By chance, among the weekly Newark Advertisers list of Church Meetings, I was surprised to see there was a Quaker meeting in Newark and I decided to go along and find out more.
Sometimes in our silent Meetings for Worship the light within becomes palpable, the meeting experiences being 'gathered' in Worship. There is a sense of being Found. Of 'Presence and Love'. Sometimes a Friend will rise and speak their truth, their testimony of Faith. We listen and the silence deepens. To me this experience is like coming home.
I once bought a small cross stitch panel in France, hoping the words would become true. Translated, it read "Faith , Hope and Love...the Cornerstones of our Lives".
Historically, cornerstones gave strength and stability to the rest of the building. The stitchwork was saying 'these are the foundations on which we can build and rebuild our lives'.
I am glad to give thanks and be able to say now, without doubt, "yes....yes..they are".
Below are the latest contributions from Newark Friends to share at this difficult time
more on our Virtual meeting page
Ann Banks poem - 'Wild Olympians'
And still they come - in impossible inflatables -
The pregnant, the children, men, stubbled
And hollow-eyed with desperation.
Dwarfed by towering tankers, their tiny boats
Pitched and tilted, precipitously, by ferries' careless wakes.
And still they come - in orange jackets -
Retching the wretchedness over the dinghies' sides,
The nauseous swell of uncertainty. foot-felt
Through the boat's shifting floor, the only protection
Between them and the deep.
And still they come - in the hope of last-resort,
Braced against another rejection,
Under the pitiless media glare, feeding
The indolent and indignant curiosity of
The comfortable at home.
And still they come - The surge of expectation
As the white cliffs loom larger -
The rubble of their war torn homes,
The relentless trek over miles of grief and sorrow
Pales with the last adrenalin rush their exhaustion permits.
And still they come - these wild Olympians -
Risking all, dogged, determined, undeterred.
Who, in a different context would be feted, cheered,
Honoured for their overcoming - instead
Reviled for their audacity in coming over.
And now the others come, swaggering in blue uniforms,
Bristling with the weapons of privilege,
The Border Force, taking rightful control
Of pregnant women, children, defeated men,
Righteously repelling the invaders of our ungenerous shores.
And more come to fight them off - smugly brandishing
Their hostile environments. Our borders are CLOSED!
Yes! Even against the brave and adventurous, the skilled
The willing and the eager to play their part.
Corralled in sheds, they wait...
And who will take us in, as our Island dinghy
Founders under the burden of its own imagined glory?
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea!
It doesn't matter who you used to be; what matters is who you decide to be today. You are not your mistakes. You are not your mishaps. You are not your past. You are not your wounds. You can decide differently today and at every moment. Remember that. You are offered a new opportunity with each breath to think, decide, choose and act differently – in a way that supports you in being all that you are capable of being. You are not less than. You are enough.
A thought for Sunday June 28
Keep your meetings in the power of God. ....And when Friends have finished their business ,sit down and wait a while quietly and wait upon the Lord to feel him. And go not beyond the Power, but keep in the Power by which God almighty may be felt among you...For the power of the Lord will work through all, if..you follow it.
Some thoughts for Sunday 22 June
History despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
It's a privilege to educate yourself about racism, rather than experiencing it.
Poster at the Black Lives Matter march in London
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ
Sunday June 14
Racial discrimination arises because fundamentally it is easier to see a man as a stranger rather than a brother if his skin is of a different colour.The stranger ends to be feared rather than loved, and it must be remembered that fears engendered by such differences are not always imaginary. They can be resolved only in as far as relationships between man and man, of whatever race, are conceived in terms of a constant realisation that the members of one race are the children not of the members of another race but the children of God. Against this, imperialism, exploitation and even paternalism cannot stand.
Race Relations Conference,1954
Christian Faith and Practice 657
Sunday June 7th
...There is a principle which is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath different names; it is, however, pure and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined to no forms of religion nor excluded from any where the heart stands in perfect sincerity. In whomsoever this takes root and grows, of what nation soever, they become brethren.
John Woolman, 1762... QF&P 26.61
'The families I was working with were as thirsty for dignity as they were for running water.'
Joseph Wresinski, founder of ATD Fourth World
'The light shines in the darkness
and the darkness can never put it out.'
Saw this pinned to a noticeboard while our walking.
So we sang, sang away our sadness. In every house and flat and cottage, we clapped and sang, in every hut and tent, in every palace and hospital and prison. And they heard and we heard our song of gladness echoing all together, in glorious harmony across the universe.
from A song of Gladness by Michael Morpurgo 2020
Sunday May 31
Our planet is seriously ill and we can feel the pain. We have been reminded of the many ways in which the future health of the earth is under threat as a result of our selfishness, ignorance and greed. Our earth needs attention, love, care and prayer.
from London Yearly Meeting 1988
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust (from Julia)
Two thoughts for Sunday May 24
'What right have you to take the word 'wealth' which originally meant 'well-being and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money.'
'So long as there is life there is happiness, and there is a great deal still to come'
Leo Tolstoy (from War and Peace)
A thought for Sunday: May 17
Napoleon Bonaparte went to Moscow and burnt the city down. Thousands of soldiers died all for nothing. Napoleon is still considered a great hero by some and many know his name.
Daniel Wheeler went to Petersburg and drained the marshes. Fine farms were developed and the city made healthier for all. Hardly anyone has heard of Daniel Wheeler.
Sunday May 10
'Faith is a bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.'
We seem to be at a turning point in human history.
We can choose life or watch the planet become uninhabitable for our species.
Somehow, I believe that we will pass through this dark night of our planetary soul to a new period of harmony with the God that is to be found within each of us, and that S/he will inspire renewed confidence in people everywhere, empowering us all to co-operate to use our skills, our wisdom, our creativity, our love, our faith – even our doubts and fears – to make peace with the planet. Strengthened by this fragile faith, empowered by the Spirit within, I dare to hope.
Pat Saunders, 1987 Quaker Faith and Practice 29.03
'Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.'
St Paul Philippians 4:8 from Quaker Life and Practice (Ireland) 1.88