Quaker A-Z: J is for Joyful

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'Spark Joy'

Do you look forward to the next Trustees’ meeting?

When you are creating an agenda:

  • Do you purposefully add things to make people smile?
  • Or to encourage getting to know each other as people and not only representatives or nominated/elected additions to your group?
  • Do you have time set apart from the meetings to get to know each other?

How can we make the meeting a community in which each person is accepted and nurtured, and strangers are welcome? Seek to know one another in the things which are eternal, bear the burden of each other’s failings and pray for one another. As we enter with tender sympathy into the joys and sorrows of each other’s lives, ready to give help and to receive it, our meeting can be a channel for God’s love and forgiveness.

A simple but powerful agenda item can be to ask people to share joy and sorrow from their lives since the last time they met.

If you give notice and explain it’s a couple of minutes each then it doesn’t take long – and yet builds a sense of community.


  • How do you build a sense of worshipping community within your trustee’s group?
  • Think of ways to make your agenda more joyful. 
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Wendrie Heywood

MBS Founder

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