CM 3

Informal groups

Informal groups meet in the homes of members of the Meeting.

See the calendar for details or use the contact link.

Exploring Spiritual Paths
The group meets on the third Thursday evening of the month to explore, expand and deepen their individual spiritual journeys.

Themes can include:
  • Christianity and the Quaker journey
  • Quaker tolerance: how far?
  • Upholding the Quaker Peace Testimony
  • Simplicity in a complex consumer society
  • Spiritual perspectives on living and dying
  • The spiritual paths of other faiths
  • Events/people that have significantly shifted your spiritual journey.

Book Group
The Book Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm, at intervals of about six weeks.

Our practice is to read a wide range of books, from occasional non-fiction to poetry and fiction, contemporary/classical, and to consider their interest, pleasures and ultimate value for us as individual Friends. As members of the Quaker community, we tend to choose books that offer more than fleeting entertainment, and they may have a specific Quaker relevance.
The evening begins with a moment's silence, and then the proposer very briefly introduces the book, and discussion follows.

Recent choices have included:
  • The Lives of Animals by C.J. Coetzee
  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
  • Adam Bede by George Eliot
  • The Music Room by William Fiennes
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Camberwell Beauty and other Stories by V.S. Pritchett
We have also had several evenings of poetry reading.
 
Healing Group
The group meets monthly at 7.30 pm for about an hour. Sessions take the form of a collective meditation in which we send out healing thoughts to those suffering from illness or difficult life situations. This includes both named individuals and groups of people in general. It may also include animals and situations, such as conflicts, natural disasters, etc.

We do not pray for particular outcomes but simply ‘tune into’ the Holy Spirit so that we may be channels of its healing power.

The group is affiliated to the Friends Fellowship of Healing, a national Quaker charity dedicated to the promotion of the healing ministry.