Welcomers
Sunday 22nd October: Paula Button and Mel

Paula is looking for someone to swap with her – please contact her if you could welcome this Sunday.
We are experimenting with the use of a microphone for speakers during meeting for
worship during October to aid those who have difficulty hearing. Please ask for the microphone to be
passed to you if you wish to speak.

Sunday 29th October: Sarah Thompson and Louisa Radice
Next business meeting
12:00, Sunday  5th November. Agenda items and papers to the clerk by Thursday 26th October.
Area meetings
18:15 Thursday, 7th December, at Bull St FMH
Dates for the diary
10:00 – 16:00 Saturday 21st October
STRATFORD MEETING A Kindlers Workshop

on the theme of Deepening Quaker Worship. Shared lunch.

Please ring tel:01789299950 for further information.

Sunday 29th October
Soup and a roll from 12:00 in the Cafe.

All are welcome. This will be followed by a performance of Pericles at 12:30 in the Meeting House.

I wish I might emphasise how a life becomes simplified when dominated by
faithfulness to a few concerns. Too many of us have too many irons in the fire.
We get distracted by the intellectual claim to our interest in a thousand and one
good things, and before we know it we are pulled and hauled breathlessly along
by an over-burdened programme of good committees and good undertakings. I
am persuaded that this fevered life of church workers is not wholesome.
Undertakings get plastered on from the outside because we can’t turn down a
friend. Acceptance of service on a weighty committee should really depend
upon an answering imperative within us, not merely upon a rational calculation
of the factors involved. The concern-orientated life is ordered and organised
from within. And we learn to say NO as well as Yes by attending to the guidance
of inner responsibility. Quaker simplicity needs to be expressed not merely in
dress and architecture and height of tombstones but also in the structure of a
relatively simplified and co-ordinated life-programme of social responsibilities.

Thomas R Kelly, 1941, Quaker Faith and Practice, 20:36

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