Getting on with the reading!
One day later and I’ve read almost all of the Documents in Advance – twice! Apologies to anyone who I almost walked into while reading the text on my walk into work this morning.
I’ve also had a quick look at the Epistles & Testimonies. The oldest Friend whose life is recorded in a testimony, Walter Ernest Marsland, was 105 when he died. So being Quaker really can lead to a long life!
Preparations by staff at Britain Yearly Meeting look almost complete now that we’re almost there. During Yearly Meeting Gathering the Quaker Centre will be operating a bookshop on site. The Quaker Centre manager, Amanda Woolley, told me that there will be 20 crates of second hand books on sale during Yearly Meeting Gathering. There will also be a wide variety of new books with something to interest everyone who visits the shop.
As well as the old books there will be plenty of new ones on sale including Spirit Rising, which is a book of youth ministry from the world family of Friends. One of the editors was Harriet Hart from Yorkshire. Harriet is currently preparing a study pack for the book and we both hope to hold a couple of pop-up events where we’ll give impromptu readings from Spirit Rising.