Resources for Outreach

Just 'cause we're quiet, doesn't mean we should be shy!  But all of us could use some help figuring out this outreach thing.   And we always can use the reminder:  ENJOY, ENJOY!  We have this great stuff to share.  Let's have fun with it. If your meeting has more outreach resources that could be posted, please contact Sarah Spencer.

Annual Monthly Meeting Outreach Checklist
(adapted from Baltimore Yearly Meeting)


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Quaker Outreach resources:


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Workshop on Outreach
by Anne Thomas, Canadian Yearly Meeting***

 (Time: about two hours)
There are two prevalent attitudes about outreach in Canadian Yearly Meeting:

While both these approaches need challenging, the following workshop seeks to center the idea of outreach in people's own experience of coming to Friends.

Opening:

Format:

The format of the workshop is worship sharing. This aims at giving each person an opportunity to respond to a question, or to pass. The response will not be questioned, but will be carefully heard, with time allowed before the next person responds. The length of individual responses depends on the number in the group. A gentle reminder that all Friends need the opportunity to speak, or to begin to focus on the particular question asked may enable Friends to be breasonably concise in their answers. Some information from England is interspersed which can be shared with the group on a flip chart, if possible, leading to informal discussion before the next question is asked.

First question:

    How did you get to your first Quaker Meeting?

In Caring, Conviction and Commitment, a survey of ten years' worth of attenders in Britain Yearly Meeting, Alastair Heron found the following breakdown among attenders:

Is this similar to the local experience?

Do any of these figures surprise anyone (peace, for example)?

Second question:

Why did you go to your second Quaker Meeting?

Heron found that attenders returned because of:

Third question:

What brings you back to Meeting now?

The variety of responses may indicate the ways in which outreach has been effective for particular Friends. Does the Meeting respond to the sort of enquirers that those present in the room were?

Closing:

The technicalities of advertising and providing leaflets are easy to achieve, but these do not make effective outreach. People are the outreach program. In Making New Friends: Spiritual Hospitality: proceedings of a conference on outreach, Harvey Gillman suggests our house must be in order if we are to be welcoming to seekers:


Print resources:

* Quaker Book Service
** Friends General Conference
***This article is from Resources for Fostering Vital Friends Meeting


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Hey, I never thought of that...
some somewhat unusual thoughts on outreach

Let's do something our community would enjoy.

Let's tell everyone that we're here!

And what we're moved to do in the world!

And when new people turn up

And

LET'S ADMIT THAT WE'RE QUAKERS

It may be as simple as making sure that your Meeting name & phone number is on all handouts. But every activity, story, event should say Quaker.  Right next to the directions, worship times and contact phone number!


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