The ‘Vibrancy in Meetings Pilot Programme’ is a joint initiative of Britain Yearly Meeting and Woodbrooke. The South West is one of four areas chosen for the three year pilot, which started in September 2016. The programme is exploring whether having locally-based staff can help meetings to thrive as communities with a vital Quaker ministry, becoming stronger, more connected, more confident, more engaged, and more sustainable. Background information about the Vibrancy Programme: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/learn/about/vibrancy-in-meetings/
It isn’t necessarily about doing more, rather about looking at how a meeting can feel more supported to deepen its worship and witness and feel grounded. A lot of work was carried out before I came into post, to understand the issues facing Quaker Meetings. We know we have challenges, but we also recognise we have tremendous strengths and gifts to offer our communities in these increasingly ‘dark times’.
Update: August & September 2017
I will be at Yearly Meeting Gathering at Warwick until 2nd August. Friends who are lucky enough to be able to attend are very welcome to come and find me if you have time … I’ll be based in the Woodbrooke tent between sessions.
How to contact me:
Local Development Worker (West Somerset, Devon & Cornwall Area Meetings)
Telephone: 020 7663 1163
Mobile: 07422 973 089
Background information about the Vibrancy project.