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Outreach is for me an invitation to others to join us in our way of worship and response to life which are so important to us that we wish to share them. At the simplest level this means supplying information about meetings, Friends to contact, and basic beliefs, all of which should be given accurately, clearly and if possible attractively. In the second stage outreach offers to others, through meetings, personal contact and literature, the experience and truth which Friends have found for themselves through three centuries and which impel us just as strongly today. It is different from some forms of evangelism in that it does not use mass emotional appeal, idiosyncratic demands or autocratic compulsion but only the persuasion of insight, humanity and good sense. It does not depend on rewards or threats, but on the active acceptance of those who see it as truth.- Edrey Allott, 1990, Quaker faith & practice 28.09
Quaker Week 2018 will run from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 7 October
This year's theme for Quaker Week will be 'Room for more'. YMG 2017 encouraged us to “examine our own diversity" and in response the QW2018 campaign has two key aims:
- to help local meetings in their commitment to genuine welcome; and
- to extend that welcome to enquirers from all backgrounds.
Sharing food is the central metaphor for the campaign, but it is also a useful practical approach. As Quakers we offer a table already rich with good things, but we recognise that it is incomplete. What's missing from the table? How can we let people know that there's a space for them? And that their presence and contribution enhances that space?
We want everyone to bring and share. There is room for more at the table, and we value everyone who might sit at it. Our gathering around that table enriches us all.
Speakers and resources
There are plans are in place for imagery (posters and digital) and a set of recipe cards full out outreach ideas. One of your first actions might be to think about an event to which you might invite members of your wider community - we are suggesting shared meals as one of the element of this years events. We are also offering speakers to enliven the gathering.
Please contact email@example.com if you like someone to come along and provide some stimulating input.
All of our outreach resources, and how to order/download them, are available at Quaker.org.uk/leaflets
Events for Enquirers
Finding out about Quakers: a weekend for newcomers
These weekend events are for people who know little or nothing about Quakers, and for those who have been around Quakers a while and want to explore further. Come and discover more about core Quaker beliefs, experience Quaker worship and hear from Quakers how they live their lives.
Experienced facilitators from the Quaker Quest (offsite link) team guide these events. They will encourage you to reflect, ask questions and share your thoughts with others. Details about Charney Manor events here (offsite link).
More about Quakers
We believe that there is something of God in everyone.
Find out how we worship, what we do, how we are organised and how you can join us.
Quaker meetings welcome everybody, whether it's Quaker Week or not. To find the venues listed below or to simply come along to a meeting for worship please visit