Welcoming and Retaining Newcomers

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm America/New York Timezone
Abington Friends Meeting
520 Meetinghouse Rd
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Zachary T. Dutton

An Outreach & Communications Thread Gathering

Friends are invited on Saturday February 9 at Abington Monthly Meeting to work with Friends General Conference, QuakerSpeak, and PYM’s Membership Development Granting towards real progress on in-reach, invitation, and welcome!

We have closed the registration, but please just show up! Over 50 people have indicated they’re coming, and you can be part of it too.

Schedule of the Day:

10:00 AM – Refreshments and Sign In

10:30 AM – Brief Worship and Introductions

10:45 AM – Opening All Together

Opening Workshop with Holly Baldwin of Friends General Conference

  • Holly Baldwin from the Friends General Conference Welcoming Friends Project will help us connect around the need for outreach and talk about how meetings in the future can get involved and get support in the work of inreach, outreach, and welcome.

12:15 PM – Lunch (with a presentation about the meeting from an Abington member) LUNCH IS BROWN BAG BRING YOUR OWN FOOD

1:00 PM – Reset for Afternoon

1:15 PM – Two concurrent workshops

QuakerSpeak Presentation from John Watts

  • Jon Watts, Director of QuakerSpeak, will show recent QuakerSpeak videos devoted to the topic of welcoming Friends. Participants will be invited to engage in discussion based on the videos, and the experience will be meant as a potential facilitation model to be taken back home and used with beginners who want ideas for successful first steps.

Presentation from the PYM Membership Development Granting Group

  • Alex Miller and Paul Indorf of the PYM Membership Development Granting Group will talk about the work of the purpose and work of the group and their vision for the future, followed by discussion.

3:00 PM – Closing Worship