Coronavirus-Closure of Meeting House and Garden

We regret that all use of the meeting house and garden has been put on hold for the time being , but Quaker Friends continue to worship in their own homes and online.

When we want to wish others wellbeing, peace and comfort, Quakers say that we ‘hold them in the light’. Holding others in the light can be a form of silent worship, lovingly extending thoughts of hope and peace, and it can equally be a practical expression, whether through kind deeds, a sympathetic and caring ear, or even just letting someone know you are thinking of them and that they are not alone in such troubling times.

The current Corona Virus outbreak has created uncertainty, and has changed the way we live our lives. We are prevented from meeting with each other, and many people may be feeling isolated and afraid, while others may wonder how to reach out to them to provide support.

‘In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds’. Matthew 5:16

You are not alone, we hold you all in the light, and we would very much look forward to welcoming you into our meeting house as soon as it should prove safe to reopen our doors.

With thanks to Alan for the photo of his garden with white wood anemones, primroses and snakes head fritilaries 

World Day of Prayer

On Friday 6th March as part of the World Day of Prayer a service will be held at Wellington Quaker Meeting House. The service, written by women in Zimbabwe will start at 3.30 pm and will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

Celebration of Light

For over ten years now in the period leading up to Christmas Wellington Meeting has hosted an event known as the ‘Celebration of Light’. The beautiful peace garden at the rear of the building is filled with candles and anyone is welcome to come and share this special experience. Visitors in previous years have found the occasion to be peaceful, moving and uplifting, providing a welcome contrast to the usual busyness and commercialism of the festive season. By holding this celebration we hope to bring light into the darkness and promote peace, kindness and goodwill in our local community.

This year the event will be held on Saturday 30th November from 4.00pm to 6.30pm and on Wednesday 11th December, from 4.00 pm to 6.30pm. From 5.00pm to 6.00pm on Wednesday 11th December you can also enjoy ‘The Snow Queen’, a storytelling session and entertainment for all ages. There is no charge for admission, refreshments will be available and all ages are welcome.

Solitary Writers

Wellington Friends launched Solitary Writers to reach out to the community and draw people together. We started in March 2018, and once a month, on the second Saturday, we meet between 5 and 7pm to share our latest output.

It is a fully inclusive group, which welcomes and thrives on the diversity of the people who come, bringing with them a rich assortment of experience and writing.

The variety of work is astonishing, with poetry of all sorts, short fiction, blogs and even some dedicated souls working steadfastly through full length novels. The group is warm and supportive, with endlessly kind feedback on work. Writers say how much they look forward to meeting up each month!

In the spirit of ‘passing it forward’ instead of a subscription, we ask for a small voluntary donation of food which is collected by the local food bank.

The Children’s Meeting

Wellington Friends has a vibrant and enthusiastic children’s meeting, led by Peter and Georgina. We have up to 9 children who meet once a month, on the first Sunday of each month at 10.30am, though Children are welcome to be part of the adult meeting at any time!

A meeting will often involve a story, a craft or piece of artwork, and an opportunity to look together at an issue that will often reflect matters considered by the adult meeting. Over recent sessions we have made Earth stars, bird feeders, seed bombs, model gardens, woodland nets and meditation stones. The garden just outside the window of the children’s hut is a vital part of our meetings, providing a calm backdrop as well an inexhaustible supply of inspiration and resources!

Children have featured in the history of the meeting, the current group was formed in March 2016, and has gone from strength to strength. The adult meeting has embraced the children’s group, and organised the timing of shared lunch to ensure everyone can be part of it.

Inclusivity is an important theme in our group, and the children are well practised in Makaton signing- recently they learned to sign along to the song ‘This is me’ from a film The Greatest Showman’.

The energy, ideas and values brought by the members of the children’s group have all brought immense value to the life of Wellington Friends, and make the light of the meeting shine that little bit brighter!