Panel from the Quaker tapestry showing children from Reading Meeting keeping the meeting going when all the adults were in prison.

In 1662 when the adults of Reading Quaker Meeting were all in prison, the children kept the Meeting going. Today, because of the Covid-19 coronavirus all Quaker places of worship across the country are closed. But our Local Meetings continue – online, by phone, by waiting alone in silence knowing that others are doing the…

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My name is Tracy and I started attending Newbury Quakers in 2013. I’d looked around many churches in the Newbury area and had never quite found the right match. I was attracted by the notion of silence initially, as I’d learned to appreciate meditation previously. However, what struck me on my first visit was the feeling of the silence; the peace, energy, love and focus. What made me came back was that sense of freedom. I’d never come across any Church where your own experiences of what you consider ‘God’ or ‘Spirituality’ to be was valid, even when it was different to the person you sat next to.

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photo of Carolyn, Newbury clerk

My name is Carolyn and at the moment I am Clerk of Newbury Quaker Meeting.

We all take turns at looking after the various tasks needed for the smooth running of our Quaker Meeting. Before being Clerk I was the room hirings administrator. I also love our garden and spend a lot of time working on it.

A Quaker Clerk is an amalgamation of Chairperson and Secretary. The clerk arranges a Meeting for Business once a month, puts together an agenda, clerks (chairs) the meeting and writes the minutes.

Anyone who attends our Sunday ‘Meeting for Worship’ can also attend and contribute to a Business Meeting.

Decisions are made by all Quakers present at a business meeting, but we don’t vote – so it is the responsibility of the clerk to listen to all views and discern the way to a decision.

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