May 23, 2015 at 8:41 am #1466Deb McCaffertyMember
Some people in our community do not realize that Old Haverford Quaker Meeting is an active house of worship. We have hundreds of cars passing by our Meeting every day. We periodically change the message on our sign to show passersby that we are alive and well. We also participate in local events such as Haverford Heritage Day so the community can meet our members and learn a bit about our faith community. Several families have come to our Meeting after meeting us at this event. Participate in community events with children from your first day school. This is how people find out about Quakers.
May 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm #1469Lynne CalamiaParticipant
Good work in getting people to come into your meetinghouse to meet and talk with real Quakers, Deb!
When you say, “is your meetinghouse a museum”, do you mean that in a negative way, as in people think Quakers aren’t still around and look at meetinghouses as relics of the past instead of bustling, active places?
I am the director of the Arch Street Meeting House and we welcome in 25k visitors a year, mostly tourists and school aged children. Many folks don’t think Quakers still exist or confuse us with the Amish/Shakers. Like you said in your message, just having a active presence and participating in the local community gets the word out that Quakers are still alive and well.
I hope others will share the ways in which they use their meetinghouses to do this type of outreach or how they connect themselves with community events in order to raise awareness.
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