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Munster Quarterly Quaker Meeting 19th June

  • At Quarterly Meeting at Limerick Meeting House, the topic for discussion will be Working with traumatised children in Gaza.
    11:00   Meeting for Worship
    12:00   Coffee
    12:15   Working with traumatised children in Gaza. 
    Presentation by Richard Kimball & Joe Fenwick

13:15   Lunch
14:15   Business Session

Business may include:
MQM Education Committee
Patron Minute of Record
IYM Coordinators Group
MQM Nominations Committee

 Lord, lead me where You would have me go.  Grant me strength to follow.
And grace to follow gladly. 
Lord, show me the work You would have me do.
Grant me the will to undertake it and the skill to accomplish it.
A prayer by Jo Philips


Public Lecture Ireland Yearly Meeting 2011

A public lecture
‘Called to be Friends’

 is to be given by

 W. Ross Chapman
of Bessbrook Meeting

 At 7.30 pm

On Friday, 29th April 2011

  at Kings Hospital School, 
 Palmerstown, Dublin 20

 The title comes from the gospel of John where Jesus uses the word “friend” to describe his followers.  Let us consider this word in contrast to servant, disciple or enemy.

 All welcome                       Admission free.

Limerick Quaker Records now online

Limerick Meeting House was the venue for the official launch of access to Limerick Meeting archives on-line on 12th January. They are now available via the Limerick City Council web site. This is the outcome of a project funded by Limerick City Council that involved placing all the records available on microfiche, in cooperation with the Quaker Historical Committee.

Continue reading Limerick Quaker Records now online

Quaker Quest Belfast ’09

A Spiritual Path for Our Time

Four consecutive Wednesday evenings

From 30th Sept 2009

Quaker Quest Explores the Quaker way

It has actually happened!

We shared our individual and common insights through presentations, discussions, questions and an experience of Quaker worship.

Quaker Quest, an outreach programme tried and tested in the Britain Yearly Meeting ,took place in South Belfast Meeting this autumn.

Each evening the host or hostess introduces 3 speakers for the evening. Each speaker speaks on the chosen topic for up to 6 minutes and then the meeting breaks into small discussion groups. Following the discussion groups, each speaker gives another short talk on a more personal level on the same topic. There is an opportunity for questions and finally a Meeting for Worship lasting about 25minutes.

The topics covered were :

  • Quakers and the Spiritual Path
  • Quakers and Worship
  • Quaker Faith in Action
  • Quaker Values

Quaker Quest was jointly organised by South Belfast and Frederick St Meetings with support from Lisburn Meeting. Speakers, group facilitators, hosts, welcomers and caterers were drawn from these Meetings. A big effort went into publicity, from a leaflet drop in the local area, to posters and radio interviews and new road signage provided by the City Council.

After a lot of planning and effort we wondered if anyone would come to find out about the best kept spiritual secret! We need not have worried attendance was large the Meeting House buzzed with conversation, the hospitality was generous and the welcome warm. On the first night there were 90 people and on succeeding evenings 70 or so. Each evening there were between 35 and 45 visitors or Questors.

The Speakers were chosen to reflect the diversity of views within our Society, questions posed by Questors ranged from, What Quakers believe about original sin to how to join our Society?

Considering that many present had never attended a Meeting for Worship, it was striking that the time of Worship was settled and reverent. The presence of God was evident.

Prior to the 4 evening sessions, 2 Friends from BYM came to train us in the process, this was open to all and even sceptical Friends became enthused and committed.

Successful or not?

Judging by attendance and appreciation expressed yes. At a deeper level, we may never know the extent to which people were encouraged and challenged spiritually. More recent members and attenders of our Meetings found it very helpful and since QQ there have been a small number of new attenders.

Southern Schools’ Quaker Pilgrimage 2009

In late September, Jane Chittick, Katherine Mills and Tory Lawson, from Friends’ School Lisburn ventured to England to take part in a Quaker Pilgrimage called ‘The Foxtrot’. Four other Quaker schools; Sibford, Sidcot, Leighton Park and Friends’ School Saffron Walden, also participated. Tory Lawson gives her account of the expedition ….

When I was invited along with Jane Chittick and Katherine Mills to participate in a ‘pilgrimage’, particularly one called the ‘foxtrot’ I wondered what it was all about. ‘Pilgrimage’ has associations of pious holiness, hooded monks winding their way up hills and so on….and this is certainly (to my relief) not what happened! We learnt about the extraordinary and turbulent events which led to George Fox founding the Early Quaker movement in 1652. ‘Foxtrot’ is just a nickname for the ‘Pilgrimage’ based upon our travelling around the region of the Northwest of England ‘in the footsteps’ of George Fox. We visited significant places and buildings such as Pendle Hill, Firbank Fell and Swarthmoor Meeting House. At these places historical events involving George Fox took place and have subsequently inspired successive generations of Friends from all over the world.

On the trip we met up with 16 other students representing all southern Quaker schools. For four days we travelled together, shared the cooking, mealtimes, duties, free time, walks, talks and meetings of worship. Throughout the trip a great sense of fellowship was generated and many happy memories were brought back. Friends were quickly made and we have already made plans to meet up again! All of us had a fascinating and moving experience and will never ever forget it.

Special Meeting for Worship in former Friends Meeting House in Tramore

Twenty Nine Friends and others attended a special Meeting for Worship in the former Friends Meeting House in Tramore, Co. Waterford on 16th August 2009.

Regular Meetings for Worship ceased about ten years ago. Among the 29 were Friends who had attended Tramore meeting as children many years ago.

The building has since been substantially renovated and is now used by the Tramore Development Trust for the education of children.