Quakers meeting in London in 1668 wrote, "We did conclude among ourselves to settle a meeting, to see one another's faces, and open our hands to one another in the Truth of God once a year."
This year we will meet online - in a way our forebears could not imagine - knowing that being together reinforces the sense of community in our meetings and in Britain Yearly Meeting.
We might add that Yearly Meeting is a meeting for learning, inspiration and our strength for witness. It searches our spiritual depths and refreshes our spiritual lives. We will see each other's faces and we can all share in reflection and discernment and uphold Yearly Meeting in session.
A number of publications will help us meet with hearts and minds prepared. These are the 'Proceedings of the Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain 2021'.
These documents may help you prepare for Yearly Meeting, both practically and spiritually.
Preparing for Yearly Meeting Gathering 2021
This preparation pack (PDF) welcomes you to join the Quaker community at YMG 2021. It includes:
- Welcome to Yearly Meeting Gathering
- Our Community Agreement (individual PDF here)
- Spiritual preparation
- 0-30s information for children, young people and young adults
- Booking information
Available from mid-July
Documents in Advance: Agenda and Notes
The full documents for Yearly Meeting Gathering will include:
- Agenda and Notes
- Annual Report
- Annual Review
- Tabular Statement
All documents will be published online on this page. Many Friends will read the documents online, though if you need printed documents, they will be printer-friendly and in PDF format. We are requesting Friends print your own copies or ask if anyone in your meeting can assist you. This will help us to save costs, especially while we are unable to print and send copies from Friends House.
Those with access requirements for printed materials can request them when booking for Yearly Meeting Gathering. If this does not meet your accessibility needs, or the needs of someone you know, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.