Quaker Meetings Toolbox
Welcome to the Quaker Meetings Toolbox. Here you will find a variety of materials to help your Quaker worship group or meeting fulfill its mission and ministry. Some of these are very practical in nature. Others will help you think through various issues about being a Friends meeting. You probably won't need every “tool” in this toolbox – just as you don’t often need every tool in your home toolbox. Choose the ones you think best fit your situation and use them and leave the rest of the tools for a later time. We’ll be adding new tools steadily, so check back often.
Also, if the "tool" you choose doesn't quite get the job done as it is, feel free to adapt it so that it works for you!
Worship is at the heart of the Quaker way. Below are resources to deepen this vital spiritual experience.
Friends, as we live up to our name, want visitors to feel welcome. First, of course, it is necessary to know who is a newcomer. Various meetings have found other ways to identify and meet the needs of newcomers. Below are some tools growing out of their experiences.
Outreach and publicity are about sharing our spiritual search and insights with those who want to listen.
Growing spiritually as a worship group or meeting is vital. You will find the following resources helpful as you look for ways to go deeper together.
There are a variety resources available for Friends meetings and worship groups that wish to tackle important topics while learning together. Here are some suggestions to help you get started.
Friends have a unique way of doing business rooted in attentiveness and in listening to the promptings of the Spirit.
Quakers are involved in a wide range of activities (stewardship of the earth, peace-making, publishing, and much more). The links below will take you to organizations that your new worship group or meeting might like to learn more about -- or get involved with.
There are many resources and websites that your Quaker meeting could find helpful -- some of these offer free downloads on everything from how to do mission statements to working with an architect to demographic information about your neighborhood or city or county.