Training for Quaker Roles

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    Being a Quaker Trustee

    Particularly suitable for new/less experienced Area Meeting trustees; it may also be of interest to anyone wanting a refresher. We will be factual and practical. What does the law require? What is considered good practice for charities? How does this fit with Quaker good practice? How do trustees, area and local meetings relate to each other? How can trustees best serve our meetings? We aim to provide easy-to-understand information and enjoyable learning, to make trusteeship approachable and rewarding.

    Exploring Nominations

    An event for members of Quaker nominations committees. How can we root ourselves in good practices of discernment whilst responding to the particular issues that face us? Nominations are at the quiet heart of the way we live together as Friends, when we listen faithfully to the Spirit. We will include the practical aspects of being 'on nominations'. Friends can expect a renewed insight into the potential of nominations to strengthen meetings and enabling them to flourish.

    Writing Brilliant Annual Reports

    This three-week online course is an opportunity to learn and discuss the Charity Commission and Britain Yearly Meeting requirements for an Area Meeting Trustees’ Annual Report, consider the target audience, and share ideas about how to produce the most useful document(s) possible. The group will review good practice and suggest ways to make improvements, as you assemble your 2017 Report. Anyone involved in producing Trustees' reports is welcome on this course, including Area Meeting Trustees and clerks to Area Meetings. The course will be run as a series of three  online webinars run from 7.00pm to 8.30pm every Thursday evening from 22nd March to 5th April.

    This course is being run in partnership with Britain Yearly Meeting and is being offered free to all Area Meetings. To book you will still need to complete the online form and go though the checkout process, however you will not be asked for any credit card or other payment details. 

    Being a Quaker Clerk: an online course for clerks around the world

    This new course is an opportunity for Quaker clerks around the world to learn together. We will consider the clerk’s role before, during and after a Meeting for Worship for Business and look at the differing styles of clerking around the Quaker world. The course is for all clerks whether you are clerking at a local, regional, national or international level or just want to learn more about the role. We hope that participants will learn from each other as well as the leaders.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 1.5-2.5 hours a week.
    Each week there will be materials in a range of formats for you to engage with, and a forum for you to share your responses to the exercises and ask questions.
    There will be three live meetings during the six weeks of the course which you are encouraged to take part in, dates and times to be confirmed.

    Being a Quaker Clerk: an online course

    This online course, for new or prospective clerks with little or no experience of Quaker clerking, is based on the on-site course with the same name. The five modules cover the clerk’s role before, during and after a Meeting for Worship for Business. We also consider why we use our particular business style in our meetings. We will focus on clerking local meetings, but clerks of other meetings, including area meetings, will also find they can learn much about their role.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 1.5-2.5 hours a week.
    Each week there will be materials in a range of formats for you to engage with, and a forum for you to share your responses to the exercises and ask questions.
    There will be three live meetings during the six weeks of the course which you are encouraged to take part in, dates and times to be confirmed.

    Eldership and Oversight

    This six-week online course will help all those serving in eldership and oversight to gain better understanding and confidence in their role – whatever the system in their meeting. The six modules cover the full range of topics included in the separate and combined eldership and oversight onsite courses, with options to focus on areas of particular relevance. You should allow 2-3 hours a week for pursuing this course. There is no requirement to be online at a particular time.
    This course is intended for Friends who are serving, about to serve or considering service in eldership and/or oversight. As well as those appointed to formal roles, we welcome those whose meetings use systems of shared oversight or eldership or who would like to learn more about Quaker ways of caring for one another.
    You can work through the material on this course in your own time. We recommend setting aside two to three hours a week.
    Each week there will be a range of audio, visual and written materials for you to engage with, and a forum for you to share reflections and ask questions.

    Exploring Eldership

    This course will help those with responsibility for Eldership in Quaker meetings gain a better understanding of the role and the confidence to do it. What does the role involve? What is the spiritual basis of eldership? How can elders respond to and nurture the spiritual life of the meeting? Participants will have the opportunity to explore the role and share experiences with others as well as looking at practical ideas and resources that will be of help.
    This course focuses on eldership in Britain Yearly Meeting but may also be of interest to Friends from other Yearly Meetings.

    Exploring Oversight

    This course will help those with responsibility for Oversight in Quaker meetings gain a better understanding of the role and the confidence to do it. What does the role involve? What is expected? What is the spiritual basis of oversight? How can overseers respond to and meet the pastoral needs of the meeting? We will look at the range of tasks, share good practice and explore ways of handling difficult issues as well as looking at practical ideas and useful resources.
    _This course focuses on oversight in Britain Yearly Meeting but may also be of interest to Friends from other Yearly Meetings._

    Quaker Funerals

    Are you an elder, overseer or funeral advisor with responsibility for advising or assisting Friends and their families who request a Quaker funeral? This course will explore practical, pastoral and spiritual aspects of Quaker funerals. Focussing on roles and responsibilities, we will keep in mind the themes of grief and loss as they affect individuals and Meetings who have been bereaved.

    Managing our Meeting Houses

    This training and support event for meeting houses of all sizes and functions includes: Witnessing to Quaker values; workshops for staff and employers on employment law and good practice and on health and safety legislation; as well as sessions on meeting house administration matters, and on building working relationships and support networks. The course aims to respond to the needs of participants so everyone will gain increased enthusiasm, skills, confidence and knowledge to enhance the life of their meeting house.

    Being a Quaker Treasurer

    For new and prospective treasurers, and those who still feel uncertain. We will cover all the main tasks, from first entries to year-end preparation of accounts, principles, responsibilities, and legal requirements. You will find sympathetic companionship with other treasurers, and explore the spiritual basis of the role.
    *Please note times*: The course starts at 11:15am on the Tuesday with Basic Book-keeping (this runs to 5:45pm and will include lunch). Those without much experience need these sessions. If Tuesday attendance is difficult, the exercises will be available online to complete at home beforehand. On the Wednesday there is an optional session on the Quaker spreadsheet programme which runs from 1:30pm to 3.00pm.

    Quaker Chaplaincy Training

    This training is open to all Quaker prison chaplains and to all other Quaker chaplains. It is suitable for both new and more experienced chaplains, regardless of how much time they spend on chaplaincy work. It will cover the Quaker basis for prison ministry, finding and developing your ministry, practical issues, building trusting relationships and training and support for your ministry.

    Exploring Eldership and Oversight Together

    This is a weekend for Friends serving in joint or corporate systems of eldership or oversight, or with elements or combinations of these. This course aims to help participants identify how the responsibilities of eldership and oversight are met in their meetings, and to share good practice. We will explore pastoral care and spiritual nurture within worshipping communities and consider practical issues. We hope everyone will leave with new skills and insights, feeling more confident about their part in eldership and oversight in their meeting.

    Clerking: Taking It To The Next Level

    This course is aimed at Friends who have served as clerks for at least two years, whether of a local meeting, area meeting or another group. We will consider topics such as how to educate your meeting better about Quaker decision making processes, the use of elders in business meetings and handing over to the next clerk. Please come ready to share successes and things that haven’t gone so well in your clerking.

    Exploring Quaker Chaplaincy

    An opportunity for sharing, supporting and developing your ministry. Whether you are considering or starting chaplaincy work or you have years of experience, at this weekend you will be able to reflect on your work, share your experiences, ideas and insights, and come away refreshed. Are you a Quaker chaplain in hospital, prison, school or university or in any other work or community setting? Come for renewal and to discover ways to develop your chaplaincy role.
    Some parts of the weekend will be filmed as resources for a future online course

    Being a Quaker Trustee

    Particularly suitable for new/less experienced Area Meeting trustees; it may also be of interest to anyone wanting a refresher. We will be factual and practical. What does the law require? What is considered good practice for charities? How does this fit with Quaker good practice? How do trustees, area and local meetings relate to each other? How can trustees best serve our meetings? We aim to provide easy-to-understand information and enjoyable learning, to make trusteeship approachable and rewarding.