Here’s an explanation of what goes on at Nottingham Meeting. You can also find a list of Quaker terms here.
All-Age Worship – Usually, we have a separate Children’s Meeting, but for All-age Worship, the children join us for the whole Meeting for Worship, and there are songs and craft activities as well as silence.
Area Meeting – A group of Local Meetings in a small area of the country, who share friendship, resources and decision making. Nottingham is part of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Area Meeting.
Bible Study groups – various groups in various locations. These popular groups are full of information as well as enquiry and personal reflection, and enjoy wrestling with texts, imbibing Jewish wisdom and questioning everything! If you haven’t been attending a Bible Study group but would like to start, then please get in touch before you attend.
Centering Prayer group – an introduction to Centering Prayer, or could equally be an introduction to Christian Meditation. These practices are at the heart of all religions where a person wants to experience and deepen their relationship to the Divine. They are at the heart of early Quakerism. We start with a twenty minute period of contemplation/meditation. After that we have cd or dvd input from people like Thomas Keating/ Richard Rohr/ Laurence Freeman. After that we have a time for discussion/questions. This is an interfaith group which adds an extra dimension to it.
Children’s Meeting – more details
Elder – Elders are responsible for fostering the meeting’s spiritual life, including that of children, for encouraging and initiating opportunities for learning more about the life of the spirit, for growing in wisdom, and for sharing problems and insights. They choose an Elders’ Reading every month, as well as making themselves available to individuals for advice.
Experiment with Light group – The first Thursday of every month at 7.00 pm at the Meeting House. Experiment with Light is a distinctively Quaker form of meditation that allows us to look deeply at our concerns. It is a way of experiencing the Light at work in our lives. Everyone is welcome to come along.
Friendship Lunch – held on the fourth Sunday of the month after Meeting for Worship. Friends bring food to share and lunch starts about 12.30pm. After Friendship Lunch, there is usually a theme with related activity finishing normally between 2.30 and 3pm.
Healing group – there is a Healing group linked with Nottingham Meeting, which meets approximately once a month at someone’s home. A small group of us meet to send distant healing, by holding a person’s name in love and in the light. Contact us for more details.
Knitting and Stitching Group – usually meets monthly. Anyone is welcome to do any form of stitching, knitting, crochet etc.
Local Business Meeting (LBM) – a monthly meeting giving everyone an opportunity to have a say on the running of the Meeting and the Meeting House.
Meeting for Worship – more details
Meeting for Worship for Business – see Local Business Meeting
Newsletter – our newsletter is issued every two months. You can pick up a copy after the Meeting for Worship, or request to be put on the email list.
NooDLe Link group – more details
Overseers – Overseers share pastoral responsibilities and oil social wheels. ‘Pastoral Friends’ is a more accurate description of the role, offering friendship, visits, with notification of births, marriages, illness, funerals and memorial Meetings (as required). We encourage the social side of Meeting, greet newcomers on the ‘Welcome Table’ with informal backup and leaflets on Sundays, encourage attenders to think about readiness and meaning of membership, and explore ways to make Meeting more welcoming. We also continue collaborative stewardship of applications for financial assistance.
Philosophical Friends – a discussion group, open to all, which provides an opportunity to discuss political, social, environmental and economical concerns and themes.
Spiritual Growth Support Group – more details
Singing Group – meets on the first Sunday of the month, before Meeting for Worship.
Young Quakers group – for people aged between 16 and 35 (ish) – more details
Worship Group – meets on the third Monday of the month. An informal and intimate group with the first half an hour mainly in silence, followed by discussion and catching up with friends.