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National Churches Trust Research

National Churches Trust wrote inviting churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the UK to take part in a new online survey to help find out how they are maintained, funded, managed and contribute to their wider communities. Please help them to engage with as many of these Christian places of worship as possible?  The survey

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Starting out fine… & finishing well

I’m a firm believer in planning and starting out new projects or years with the end in mind. At this time of year, people are usually thinking more about last December than next. Finishing off the previous year’s accounts and reports – and yet, realising what was stressful and ensuring that you don’t repeat any

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#AdventWord 2019: 21 Rest

Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness. Qf&p Advices & Queries 28 Like many people, today’s #AdventWord feels appropriate. I finished

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#AdventWord 2019: 20 Go

‘Go’ today’s #AdventWord is one that shows action – and often is used as a one-word demand or instruction. Getting out and talking to others in your neighbourhood or surrounding areas can be daunting but finding a way to interact with others can lead to new and often unexpected partnerships. Barbara Hayes of Chichester Quaker

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#AdventWord 2019: 19 Bless

By occupation he was a barber, and on moving into this district in 1937 from Swindon, he first took a shop in Wallington, and later one in a poor part of Croydon. Not all who went there did so for a shave or a haircut, but to enjoy its friendly atmosphere, and to talk to

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#AdventWord 2019: 18 Worship

Worship is a fundamental part of religious life. As a Quaker I appreciate the belief that everything is equally sacred. Therefore any Quaker business meeting uses the ‘Quaker Business Method’ and a (local, area or yearly) meeting’s business meeting is formally called, a ‘Meeting for Worship for Business’, we also have ‘Meeting for Worship for

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#AdventWord 2019: 17 Pray

Prayer is an exercise of the spirit, as thought is of the mind. To pray about anything is to use the powers of our spirit on it, just as to think clearly is to use our mental powers. For the best solution of every problem, the best carrying out of every action, both thought and

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#AdventWord 2019: 16 Learn

Much of the work of meetings for church affairs and committees will be undertaken by Friends especially appointed by the meeting or committee responsible for the work, most often on the recommendation of a nominations committee. The process of appointment starts when the meeting identifies the need for a task to be performed. It is

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#AdventWord 2019: 15 Turn

Part of a series of art throughout London Underground Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness. Advices & Queries 28 Turn

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#AdventWord 2019: 14 Gather

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” – Mother Teresa Gather is today’s #AdventWord – my first thought was of gathering in resources including money. I joke that my hobby is getting non-Quaker money into Quaker

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#AdventWord 2019: 13 Water

Today’s #AdventWord water has such symbolism and power. Over 70% of earth’s surface is covered in water, and all living organisms need water to live. Water can be seen both positively or negatively: washing clean or depositing detritus as it slows; creating landscapes or weathering/destroying as it moves; supporting you as you float or dragging

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#AdventWord 2019: 12 Harmony

Today’s #AdventWord seemed very apt for a day full of conflict, concerns and deliberate falsehoods. Working together to ensure that the structures, decisions, processes and policies of the charity as a whole reflects the ‘ever changing tides‘ of the members is an ongoing and essential task.

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#AdventWord 2019: 11 Confess

Confess makes me think of admitting that you’ve done something wrong, or perhaps something you’re uncertain about. I liked this idea of public confession – but mainly because it means that people are examining their lives. Of course the other part is that by reading what others have confessed someone may realise it isn’t just

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#AdventWord 2019: 10 Grace

I’m always grateful to have today’s #AdventWord grace offered to me. I try to offer it to others. I struggle with offering it to myself – but on a day which has turned out as today as done…. Where I’m getting to one of my morning ‘to-dos’ at 8pm tonight. Grace is all I can

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