Calendar

Jan
21
Sun
Meeting for Worship @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The meeting for worship is the heart of the Friends’ Meeting.

We invite you to join us in our meeting for worship, which is based in silence–yet we gather in an expectant, waiting worship. Individually and as a community we are attentively listening for the ‘still, small voice of God’. Our worship has no set program or leader, yet we are gathered in a shared spiritual discipline, dependent on God’s active, loving presence in our midst.

For newcomers

 

Spiritual Growth @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Jan 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

We join together monthly to learn about Quaker history, spirituality, practices, and other subjects that build the life of our community.  Specific speakers and themes will be announced here.

January’s topic will be discussion of the Meeting’s Voluntary Carbon Tax.

Jan
28
Sun
Meeting for Worship @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The meeting for worship is the heart of the Friends’ Meeting.

We invite you to join us in our meeting for worship, which is based in silence–yet we gather in an expectant, waiting worship. Individually and as a community we are attentively listening for the ‘still, small voice of God’. Our worship has no set program or leader, yet we are gathered in a shared spiritual discipline, dependent on God’s active, loving presence in our midst.

For newcomers

 

Quaker Cornerstones @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Jan 28 @ 11:15 am – 11:30 am
This year 2017/18 we will use Advices and Queries from New England Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice (our book of Quaker procedures and stories of our faith)  as a guide for reflection. As we read the Queries, it is important to hear ‘what comes up for you as we read them.’  We have established Cornerstones to keep Quaker values and beliefs present in our lives.  We invite all members, attenders and visitors to Cornerstones.  Please click on the link below to read the Advices and Queries we will explore.
The Advices for Cornerstones for January 28th consider Personal Conduct:
Personal Conduct

Let us bring the whole of our daily lives under the ordering of the Spirit. Let our faith free us from crippling fears so that we may live adventurously. In relations with others, let us exercise imagination, understanding, and sympathy. Let us live and work in the plainness and simplicity of true followers of Christ.

In view of the evils arising from the use of tobacco and intoxicating drinks and from the abuse of drugs, Friends are advised to consider whether they should refrain from using them, from offering them to others, and from having any share in their manufacture or sale. We should not let the claims of good fellowship or the fear of seeming peculiar influence our decision.

Let us maintain integrity in word and deed. Holding to the simplicity of truth, let us keep free of oaths. Remember how widespread and diverse are the temptations to grow rich at the expense of others, and how apparently harmless indulgence often leads by degrees to wrong-doing. Let us avoid and discourage every kind of betting and gambling and commercial speculations of a gambling character.

Friends have always held that the sacred nature of a sexual relationship is affirmed only in marriage. In recent times, however, some Friends have found such affirmation in other contexts. 1,et us be certain, in any case, that we hold up to the Light any sexual relationship we may be considering and reject any relationship that may violate the integrity or spiritual welfare of either of the partners or of others. No relationship can be a right one which makes use of another person through selfish desire.

 

Women’s Group @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Jan 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

All women are welcome. In Women’s Group we wish to create a sacred space for an intimate sharing of our spiritual journeys. Our journeys reflect the multiple roles in our lives including daughter, sister, partner, friend, wife, mother and spiritual being. They also include other aspects of our lives such as our work, our fears, our hopes and our understanding of the Spirit. Women’s Group seeks to nurture and support our individual spiritual growth. We listen carefully to each other, pray for each other and hold each other and the group in the Light.

Salem Quarterly Meeting @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Like, Friend, Share, and Follow: Quaker Outreach and Radical Welcome in the Digital Age

What challenges come to us as Quakers when we seek to share our gifts of Spirit and community in an ever-changing technological world? The Outreach working group of Fresh Pond Friends Meeting has been sitting with our experience of Quaker faith in community, how we invite newcomers into that shared work, and how our presence in the world grows in online spaces. In this workshop, we will share some of our findings, hopes, and concerns around translating our lives as Quakers, focusing specifically on how new media both offer challenges and opportunities for “letting our lives speak.” Through conversation, activities, and reflection, we will learn from each other on how to embody our Quaker testimonies in familiar interpersonal and written forms and less familiar, digital forms. Topics to be covered include: what gifts the Quaker Way holds for others, faithful practices in digital spaces, emerging experiments in worship, and potential obstacles to our welcome and growth. We hope to have brief discussions, interactive group inquiry, and resources for you to take back to your meetings for continued sharing and discussion. Please come!

 

Join us for:
Waiting Worship: 10am
Quaker Cornerstones 11:20
Brown Bag Lunch 11:45
Program begins at 12:30.
Women’s Group will also meet as regularly scheduled.
Childcare provided. 
Wheelchair accessible. 
 
See you there!
Feb
4
Sun
Teen Breakfast @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Feb 4 @ 9:50 am – 11:00 am
Once a month the teens at the meeting have breakfast together during worship time, accompanied by two adults from meeting.  Meet at the Friends School by 9:50 am.
Meeting for Worship @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The meeting for worship is the heart of the Friends’ Meeting.

We invite you to join us in our meeting for worship, which is based in silence–yet we gather in an expectant, waiting worship. Individually and as a community we are attentively listening for the ‘still, small voice of God’. Our worship has no set program or leader, yet we are gathered in a shared spiritual discipline, dependent on God’s active, loving presence in our midst.

For newcomers

 

Meeting for Business @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Feb 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Our meeting for business is conducted in a manner similar to our worship. We listen carefully for God’s guidance — with mutual care and regard for one another’s wisdom. Ultimately, Quaker decision-making is Spirit-led, for together we seek unity with God’s will for the meeting. The co-clerks are the appointed servant leaders of our meeting.

Feb
6
Tue
Ministry and Worship Committee @ members' homes. (rotates)
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please email the meeting clerks for location, and will also be announced at rise of Meeting.  Open to all members and attenders of Fresh Pond Meeting.

December location: Susan Z’s home.

Freshpond@neym.org