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.
"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 lunchtime meeting 12 noon-12.30
Contact our Clerk for details.
Newark Sunday Meeting
All our meetings will be on Zoom until further notice.
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 !
Our Quaker Centre has reopened for Meetings.
Both Sunday Meetings and alternate Wednesday meetings have restarted.
Our Sunday Meetings are also accessible via Zoom as we have camera and microphone in our Meeting room allowing Friends to take part in the Meeting from home.
Contact our clerk for details.
Latest credo written for the Newark Advertiser
Is it OK to be Happy?
Recently a friend posed this question to a group of us. She was living in the north of Scotland and had not seen her daughter for over a year. Her daughter had just made the long drive to see her and our friend was so happy, then she wondered if this was OK when so many had been unable to see loved ones, and all around she could see suffering and hardship.
There are indeed many thousands of people who are bereaved and missing loved ones. There are also those who have suffered in other ways, through loss of jobs, income and livelihoods, those living in poverty. Then some have lost their health and we hear of or know those suffering from long Covid. Around the world we are increasingly seeing the effects of the climate crisis unfolding and we hear of floods, famines and fires. There is political unrest and wars happening around the globe.
So, is it OK to be happy?
We are living in uncertain times as we gradually move out of lockdown. We are not sure what we can do any more. How good it feels to hug our loved ones, but the doubt creeps in. Should I be doing this? Is it OK? Recently we re-opened our Quaker Centre so that we can meet in person. But we are still wearing face coverings and being cautious.
Last week I visited Southwell Minster. Worship has resumed there, but seats are all socially distanced. The exhibition there, “The Leaves of the Tree” by the sculptor Peter Walker contains 5000 metal leaves each bearing the message ‘HOPE’ These leaves represent the thousands of lives lost in the pandemic. It is very moving, reflecting the sad time we have been going through.
Written alongside the installation are the following words,
“ On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” Revelation 22:2
As we come out of this pandemic, I think there is a message of hope here. We have a chance to heal if we are willing to take it. We can move forward in a new way, a way of kindness as we seek to mend ourselves our relationships and our beautiful world. And yes – we can be happy. After all happiness may be contagious too!
Julia Richardson Newark Quakers