March 2018 notices from Quakers in Britain

Yearly Meeting 2018
Registration for Yearly Meeting 2018 is now open at www.quaker.org.uk/ym
Yearly Meeting is for everyone, whether or not they have been before, and those unable to attend
can still support the discernment of Yearly Meeting. This year we will be asking ourselves how Quaker faith & practice should look for the next generation.
Within the next few days you will receive the first set of Yearly Meeting documents: Preparing for Yearly Meeting, Agenda and Notes and Epistles and Testimonies. Please ensure these are widely circulated within your meeting. Friends should find Preparing for Yearly Meeting helpful in terms of both practical and spiritual preparation

Young People’s Programme 2018
4-7 May 2018, Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead
Do you have young people in your meeting (aged 11-15) who would benefit from the opportunity to attend the Young People’s Programme (YPP) at Yearly Meeting 2018? Limited places available. Young People's Programme 2018 flyer (PDF)
Booking by 18 March at www.quaker.org.uk/events/ypp2018 cypadmin@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1013

Live Adventurously: A residential event for 8-11 year olds
25–27 July 2018, Gilwell Park Activity Centre, Essex
This event gives participants the chance to try all sorts of adventurous activities. There will be fun, games, a chance to make new friends, worship and thinking about what it means to ‘live adventurously’ as a Quaker. The cost is £80 per person which includes travel from Friends House, all food and activities. LINK TO LEAFLET
Mel Cook: melaniec@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1014

Action on nuclear disarmament
Friends have been asking what they can do next now that the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been adopted.
‘A guide to calling on the UK government to attend the 2018 UN High- Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament from May 14-16’ provides some tips as well as key phrases to use when writing to your MP to call on the UK government to attend the conference at the highest level. Available shortly at www.quaker.org.uk/nuclear-disarmament
Sahdya Darr, sahdyad@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1108

Fly kites not drones
18–25 March 2018
Reclaim the sky for peace this Persian New Year (Nao Roz) by flying kites not drones. Everything you need to know to make kites and explore the issue of armed drones is at dronecampaignnetwork fly kites not drones blog
Order a pack LINK on this webpage £5 from Quaker book shop
At QPSW we’d love to see your kites via email: ellisb@quaker.org.uk or @kitesnotdrones on Twitter

Recruiting for 2 QPSW UK based peaceworkers
One year fixed term contracts with UK peace organisations starting in September 2018
Opportunity to work in a UK peace organisation for a year, funded by QPSW, on issues including addressing the roots of conflict, innovative work on nuclear weapons and militarism especially in schools.
If chosen you’ll be offered a place with an organisation which we think matches your skills. www.quaker.org.uk/job-opportunities/jobs

Seeking Ecumenical Accompaniers – human rights monitors
Quakers in Britain are recruiting Ecumenical Accompaniers to serve in the West Bank and Israel in 2019 for 3 months’ service.
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) provides protection by presence, monitors human rights abuses, supports Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and advocates for an end to the occupation.
For more information and to download an application pack please check the website: www.quaker.org.uk/applyeappi

Help QPSW take action on climate change
Quaker Peace& Social Witness and Friends across the country are calling on the UK government to tackle climate change. To do this, we want to know what parliament thinks about climate policy. We’re asking Friends to help us do this by writing to their MP and sharing responses with us. If you can help, visit the climate justice page on the Quaker website at www.quaker.org.uk/climatejustice, where we have provided more information and some guidance questions. If you’d like support to engage with your MP, or to take action on climate change, please contact Chris Walker using the details below.
Chris Walker, chrisw@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1047

Christian Aid Week 2018
13–19 May 2018
Quakers are founding members and a sponsoring church of Christian Aid and have supported their work for over 70 years. Please continue to support them, especially during Christian Aid Week.
Further details at www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week

Talking Friends
Is there anyone in your meeting who is visually impaired or finds it difficult to read for other reasons? If so, you can help them to access Quaker publications such as the Friend, Quaker News and Friends Quarterly. A subscription to Talking Friends will give them audio recordings produced by volunteers at half the price of the printed publications. See the flyer for further information.
Contact Alan Johnson, alanjohnson1@blueyonder.co.uk 0121 476 0217, www.talkingfriends.org.uk

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