Representatives from each of the seven Quaker Meetings in Staffordshire meet seven times a year at each Meeting House in turn to consider matters of business, such as reports from central committees, correspondence from Friends House in London, financial matters, applications for membership, any issues raised by local Meetings, and so on.
The AM business meetings begin with a period of silent worship, and the subsequent business is conducted in a spirit of worship. If the agenda is not too long the meeting often concludes with a special event. For example, we have had talks on the Work of Quaker Prison Ministers in Staffordshire and on the History and Culture of the Inuit. At an Area Meeting held in Leek one of our members played a guitar and led us in singing a number of ‘Quakerly’ songs.
For a light-hearted view of how we start Area Meetings read the poem “Lines not spoken” by Anthony Wilson
SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS IN 2021
Please contact the Clerk for details
In the case of Saturday meetings, part of the day will consist of an event or workshop usually arranged by the Local Meeting. It is likely that the start time for Area Meeting will be 10.30 a.m. or 1.30 p.m. depending on whether the arranged event takes place in the morning or afternoon. In each case, lunch be from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. This will be a “Bring and Share” occasion unless the Local Meeting requests a different arrangement.
Area Meeting Clerks will liaise with the Local Meeting concerned and inform all Meetings of the timetable and agenda in the weeks prior to the Area Meeting.
Attendance at Area Meeting is open to all members and attenders at Local Meetings in Staffordshire.
Staffordshire Area Meeting Clerk’s e-mail contact : SAMQuakers@hotmail.co.uk