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Update: Quakers Australia -Reimagining community
Updated Wednesday 24 June 2020
Some (not all) meetings are beginning to worship face-to-face again. See below for these change notices.
We are posting here ongoing updates on decisions and resources to support Friends and their local meetings in caring for one another and their neighbours during this health crisis. This page will be updated as news and resources become available.
WITHIN AYM: CHANGES!
New South Wales Regional Meeting:
Devonshire Street Local Meeting (Surry Hills NSW)
Worship: As of 7 June, we warmly welcome everyone to Meeting for Worship which begins at 10.45am AEST. We will be meeting with COVID-19 precautions in place. If you have any queries or suggestions or would like assistance in any way please contact Anne-Maree Johnston, Clerk on 02 9565 1972 or by email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accomodation: As of 1 June, Devonshire Street Local Meeting is taking limited accommodation bookings, with COVID-19 precautions in place.
Queensland Regional Meeting:
- Queensland Friends worship each Sunday via Zoom from 10 am - 11 am, followed by small groups discussions. All are welcome. Please contact email@example.com to be sent the link and details of each Sunday's activities.
Victoria Regional Meeting:
- Melbourne City Recognised Meeting, located at 484 William Street, West Melbourne, is experimenting having a face-to-face Meeting for Worship every Sunday at 10.30; this will be at the newly renovated Victorian Friends Centre and will form part of the online Meeting at that time. If you wish to attend the Meeting in person, you must register with David Parris at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHANGES! Other Quaker organisations/activities:
- The Quaker Shop has reopened, and has made changes to the usual shop procedures, to accomodate social distancing and hand sanitising.
- Yearly Meeting 2020 Gathering: YM2020 will go ahead to the maximum extent possible but will not have a traditional gathering. Read more here (You need to be signed in to the website to read this complete update.)
- Silver Wattle Quaker Centre: Silver Wattle has re-opened and from 17 July will welcome its first group. Contact email@example.com for more information.
- QSA (Quaker Service Australia): QSA staff and volunteers are not in the office as much as before, so please email your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Quaker Cottage (Woodford) is not taking accommodation bookings at the present time.
ONLINE: MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP AND OTHER OFFERINGS
Set below are details of various online meetings being held at this time. If you have difficulty joining in or have other questions, you can contact the Regional Meeting Clerks by clicking on the "Contact Clerk" button at the bottom of the relevant Regional Meeting web page. These are at Canberra area, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria or West Australia.
- Meeting for Singing! Singing for Friends around Australia being offered by Helen Gould, Wahroonga Local Meeting (NSWRM) - Sundays from 11.15-11.45am AEST. To join click on this link: https://acu.zoom.us/j/6622870583
- Quaker Poetry Workshop! The weekly Quaker Poetry Workshop (starting at 5pm AEST on Fridays and running till 6.30pm) is also available to all Quakers nationally. For Zoom address details please contact email@example.com
- Hunter Valley Meeting: Meeting online via Zoom, Sundays 10:00am. You do not need to download any software. To join, just click on this link https://zoom.us/j/228476245?pwd=WmVlSlNEeGpTbW5vYXdzUlVpd0Q1Zz09. If you want to sign on via the app, you will need this information: Meeting ID: 228 476 245, Password: 019456.
- Tasmania Regional Meeting: A Tasmania-wide Meeting for Worship every Sunday beginning at 10.30am, via Zoom. To join click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/945690267?pwd=YUdBenI4cXB2dVJEMlg3UHBrbFFHZz09
- Victoria Regional Meeting: Melbourne City Recognised Meeting - Sundays from 10.30am for one hour. Contact: Chris Warner - firstname.lastname@example.org; Northern Suburbs Meeting for Worship - Sundays 10.20am. Contact - Sue Ennis 0400 069 014 email@example.com; Friends Eastern Local Meeting - Sundays 10.30 am. Contact - Lorel Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
- West Australia Regional Meeting: Online zoom Meeting for Worship each Sunday. Please contact the Regional Meeting Clerk to obtain the Zoom link and password for this meeting: email@example.com Space open from 9:30am, worship from 10am - 11am Perth time.
- The Australia Yearly Meeting for Worship via Zoom is now a weekly event during the COVID-19 disruption. You can join either by computer or phone, details are available on the webpage: https://www.quakersaustralia.info/online-meeting-worship
- The FWCC-AWPS Section Meeting for Worship Online is held every week on Thursday 5pm AEST (Sydney time). Contact Michael Searle for details at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the FWCC-AWPS website.
- Woodbrooke Study Centre (UK Friends) offers a 30-minute online worship every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Pendle Hill Quaker Study and Retreat Center: You can join for worship, 8:30-9:10 am any morning. (which would be 7.30pm Sydney time, the following day) A handful of Pendle Hill residents gather each day in the Barn, continuing the 90-year-long tradition of daily worship. You can join via Zoom by clicking here.
ONLINE MEETING RESOURCES FOR FRIENDS
- A Reflection: Living Deliberately, has been contributed by a Friend from Fleurieu Worshipping Group (SANTRM) as an aid to help us through these unsettling times.
- NEW! Zoom Training Sessions & More! Helpful "go-to" place, with information about upcoming Zoom training sessions, tools for holding online meetings for worship, meetings for business and for developing online community in creative new ways.