Category: Building Management

Managing public buildings, owned by faith communities and balancing those groups needs and wants can be tricky. These articles might help.

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AdventWords 2022: Teach

Photo: Tim Mossholder Quakers believe that we are all equal before G-D, and that the spirit of G-D is at work within each of, making us both teachers and students throughout our lives.  How does this work practically?  Well, as a facilitator or a teacher you aren’t just providing or pouring in information, but instead

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AdventWord 2022: Together

As a meeting ‘gathers’, as each individual ‘centers down’, there gradually develops a feeling of belonging to a group who are together seeking a sense of the Presence. The ‘I’ in us begins to feel like ‘we’. At some point – it may be early in the meeting or it may be later, or it

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 9 Root

As a gardener I know that roots are important. They support, nourish and interact with the community in the soil. Today’s #AdventWord reminds me that it is vital that any charity, business, worshipping group or other organisation stays in contact with its roots. Regular reviews of where you’ve come from and where you want to

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#AdventWord 2019: 8 Worthy

Today’s #AdventWord comes on a Sabbath – a time of rest. Although as I opened up for Meeting for Worship, set up the chairs, took in the coffee and milk for the refreshments, did the washing up and am writing this post now… I’ve not managed to keep the day as purely for rest and

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#AdventWord 2019: 4 Humble

String connection workshop activity at Managing our meeting houses conference at Woodbrooke The Lord has told you, ·human [ O man], what is good; he has told you what ·he wants [the Lord requires] from you: to do what is ·right to other people [just], love ·being kind to others [mercy; lovingkindness], and ·live humbly, obeying

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#AdventWord 2019: 3 Time

Today’s #AdventWord Time made me think of plans, calendars and schedules. It won’t surprise anyone who knows me that I have multiple to do lists, calendars for each ‘hat’ or role/client, not to mention lists of lists. They’re all reviewed regularly, in theory so nothing falls through – although of course it does. As I

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