Preparing for Quaker Week 2022

28 July 2022 - 22 September 2022

Sessions will run weekly, alternating between Thursday lunchtime and Tuesday evening sessions. You are welcome to attend one, some or all sessions.

Woodbrooke and Quakers in Britain working in partnership

Quaker Week Poster Draft Green 18.07.22

Quaker Week – how can we welcome families as part of an all-age community?

Quaker Week 2022 runs from 24 September – 2 October and this year’s theme is Welcoming Families. This course can help you to plan what you can offer as part of Quaker Week, and help with ways to promote events. It will also explore some of the joys and challenges of becoming more inclusive all-age Quaker communities.


This course is designed to support you in planning and promoting whatever you want to do for Quaker Week this year. As well as exploring ways to create a welcoming, inclusive community, there will be the chance to share your thoughts and ideas about outreach with others. We will brainstorm together, offer suggestions for activities and help to overcome any barriers you are facing.

Sessions will run weekly, alternating between lunchtime and evening sessions. You are welcome to attend one, some or all sessions. Although the course is designed as a whole, we want to encourage you to join as and when you can, and it’s fine to drop in for a single session.

Each week contains online learning materials to engage with, and forums to share reflections and ask questions. There will be a live discussion session each week, and resources you can share with your Quaker communities. You will have access to resources for all sessions.

If you don’t have a children’s meeting, or if no families are currently attending, then this year’s focus may seem a challenging one. We know that not every meeting has children attending, and so the training is designed for all kinds of meetings, including those who don’t have children.

We’re offering topics on the role of joy, practical steps to be more inclusive, and easy ways to prepare for welcoming families.

If you already have a thriving children’s meeting, we will help to explore ways to sustain this and to encourage even more families to join!

 

Thursday 28 July, 12:00-13:15 (UK time) – Age-inclusion: why does it matter? And what challenges does your meeting face?
With Naomi Major and Alistair Fuller

We’ll look at why welcoming Friends of all ages is important, and what challenges your meeting faces in welcoming families. We’ll then start to explore how you can overcome these, and begin to think about what your plan for this year’s Quaker Week might be.

 

Tuesday 2 August, 19:30-20:45 (UK time) – How do we welcome families and encourage them to come back?
With Naomi Major, Kathy Chandler and Helen Chambers

We will explore ways for meetings to be ready for families to attend for the first time. We’ll also look at how they can become part of the whole community.

 

Thursday 11 August, 12:00-13:15 (UK time) – What’s the plan for this year: what you want to do and how to make it happen
With Naomi Major and Alistair Fuller

This session will help you to develop a plan for Quaker Week. We’ll explore the resources available from BYM, and support you with simple steps you can take to welcome families.

 

Tuesday 16 August, 19:30-20:45 (UK time) – The role of joy
With Naomi Major, Zoe Prosser and Helen Chambers

What brings you joy in your Quaker community? How can we bring more joy into the way we meet together? In planning for Quaker Week this year, how can you bring some joy into both the preparation and the event itself?

 

Thursday 25 August, 12:00-13:15 (UK time) – How do we talk to Friends and families?
With Naomi Major and Alistair Fuller

We will look at some templates for leaflets your meeting can offer to families attending. We will explore the ways we talk to one another and how we can start conversations that help us to know everyone in the things that are eternal.

 

Tuesday 30 August, 19:30-20:45 (UK time) – Promoting your Quaker Week activities online and in person
With Naomi Major, Elizabeth Payne and Cato Pedder

This session will explore a range of ways you can promote your Quaker Week activities. It will also support you to think about how people can find your Quaker meeting online, and will let you know about national online opportunities for worship and connection for newcomers. These include Giant Children’s Meeting and Quaker Parent Epilogues. This session will be repeated on Thursday 8 September.

 

Thursday 8 September, 12:00-13:15 (UK time) – Promoting your Quaker Week activities online and in person
With Naomi Major, Elizabeth Payne and Cato Pedder

This session will explore a range of ways you can promote your Quaker Week activities. It will also support you to think about how people can find your Quaker meeting online, and will let you know about national online opportunities for worship and connection for newcomers. These include Giant Children’s Meeting and Quaker Parent Epilogues. Please note that this is a repeat of the session on Tuesday 30 August.

 

Tuesday 13 September, 19:30-20:45 (UK time) – Drop in session
With Naomi Major, Zoe Prosser

An opportunity for any questions you may have. Please drop in and tell us what you’re doing, and ask us for help if there is anything else we can support you with in your last minute planning.

 

Thursday 22 September, 12:00-13:15 (UK time) Drop in session
With Naomi Major, Zoe Prosser

An opportunity for any questions you may have. Please drop in and tell us what you’re doing, and ask us for help if there is anything else we can support you with in your last minute planning.

This course will involve:

DiscussionOnline discussion forumOnline Learning MaterialsRecorded materialWritten and visualZoom Session

Accessibility info:

On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Automated Zoom closed captions are available for all live sessions but if you feel you require more accurate closed captioning please email us directly in addition to booking.

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