Most Quaker Meetings are Small . . . But

My meeting is small - perhaps an average of just 12 to 25 Friends at worship each Sunday.  Yet we sponsor one of the major ministries in our suburban community - in a very public way.  Take a look at what it's about:

The Thrifty Quaker

I thought it would be fun and interesting to hear from others about the ministries of your meetings.  It might help the rest of us to get ideas of how we can "seek that of God in everyone" in the greater community.

Views: 163

Comment by William F Rushby on 10th mo. 2, 2015 at 9:34pm

Hello, Howard!  Impressive witness and outreach.

My wife Darlene and I were not what one might call "high livers."  One of our favorite pastimes was going to Gift & Thrift in Harrisonburg VA, a thrift shop run by Mennonite Central Committee supporters.  I still stop there regularly when I go to the city.

Thrift stores are a valuable service.  They recycle items that otherwise might get thrown away.  They make available valuable goods to the public.  They support significant charitable and public service activities.

I applaud your meeting's thrift store initiative!  For a meeting as small as yours, "The Thrifty Quaker" seems like a major effort.

Comment by Olivia on 10th mo. 18, 2015 at 5:55am

""Peacemaker of the Year" award given to The Thrifty Quaker in 2015"

That's great!   

My meeting is not small so I'll skip personal sharing about this mega meeting.  You guys have done a lot "with what has been entrusted to you."  Thank you and thanks to your meeting for sharing that ministry with others.

Comment by Mackenzie on 10th mo. 26, 2015 at 7:59pm

My Meeting is large (~75 people on a given Sunday), and we have an annual "strawberry festival" that includes a thrift sale for just the one day (also a bake sale, little cafe, etc). Like yours, a dozen or so other non-profits receive the proceeds. Whatever doesn't sell that day goes to one of the large, established thift shops.

Comment by Howard Brod on 10th mo. 26, 2015 at 8:09pm

I think I read about this annual event somewhere, Mackenzie.  I thought to myself, "what a wonderful community building event!".  I am think it was in the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Interchange newsletter - but I can't recall what meeting it is.  Do you mind refreshing my memory of what meeting this is?

Comment by Mackenzie on 10th mo. 26, 2015 at 9:11pm

Howard: It's Adelphi Friends Meeting, and yes, BYM Interchange would be a likely place to hear about it.


You need to be a member of QuakerQuaker to add comments!

Join QuakerQuaker

Support Us

Did you know that QuakerQuaker is 100% reader supported? If you think this kind of outreach and conversation is important, please support it with a monthly subscription or one-time gift.

You can also make a one-time donation.

Latest Activity

Kirby Urner posted a blog post

A Campus Curriculum

I'm reaching out to Friends in higher education with my recent Youtubes, which I'm free to…See More
4th month 13
Keith Saylor posted a blog post


Iconography: The process of guiding and informing human relationships and interactions through…See More
4th month 10
Patricia Dallmann posted a blog post

New essay at Abiding Quaker: "A Colony of Heaven"

The following excerpt is from a new post titled "A Colony of Heaven" which can be found at…See More
4th month 6
Mike Shell posted a discussion
4th month 4
Patty Quinn liked Mike Shell's discussion Weekly Online Worship with Quaker Universalist Fellowship
4th month 2
Patty Quinn liked Kirby Urner's discussion Quakerism and Religious Freedom
4th month 2
Kirby Urner posted a discussion

Quakerism and Religious Freedom

I've only recently learned what a lot of people already know:  the well-advertised Shen Yun dance…See More
4th month 2
Jonathan Smith liked Mike Shell's discussion Weekly Online Worship with Quaker Universalist Fellowship
4th month 1

© 2019   Created by QuakerQuaker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service