Why does your meeting want to grow?
What tools and resources do you need?
These were among the questions considered at the November 21 Thread Gathering focused on Outreach and Communications. Membership development was explored through lenses that include why people are seeking religious community, community outreach, newcomer follow-up, and welcome for families with children. Friends also heard more about the opportunities for project support from the Membership Development Granting Group.
A panel of Friends from across the Yearly Meeting shared experiences of what has worked in their meetings, and handouts from the event will be added to the Resources section of the PYM website. Friends from 12 of the 13 Quarterly Meetings and three states in the PYM footprint were registered, and there was wonderful fellowship and deep discussion in the second part of the program.
Thanks to Downingtown Meeting for hosting both the afternoon Thread Gathering and the morning Council meetings!
Watch for information in coming weeks about the next Thread Gathering on Saturday, January 27th at Arch Street Meeting House, which will focus on the Governance and Stewardship Thread with a specific focus on property and burial grounds.