Community Events and Groups

“Our sense of community does not depend upon all professing identical beliefs, for it grows from worshiping together, knowing one another, loving one another, accepting responsibilities, sharing and working together.” QF&P 10.03

Special Event:  Remembering all victims of war: the Collateral Damage project 

Come to a workshop making white textile poppies in the Garden Room at 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW, on Saturday 15 September anytime between 10 and 4pm.  We are planning to have materials available on the day, or bring your own, and make your poppy. They can be sewn, knitted, crocheted, or felted; plain or decorated, with or without a leaf.  The project has suggested certain designs, but you can be as creative as you like!

The finale of the First World War Commemoration is this autumn – and the focus is still very much on remembering the war dead. Yet so many victims of war, then and since, are civilians. This project commemorates and honours all victims of war. The title ‘Collateral damage’ means accidental killing – and the victims are not officially remembered, so we are putting them in the public sphere.

The poppies can commemorate a particular victim – known to you, or not, with a label, or their name embroidered. If we have enough, we will create an artwork for use on Remembrance Sunday at our vigil outside the Meeting House.  All ideas welcome about how we might use or exhibit!   For more information contact sueandali@gmail.com

Regular Events and Groups

It can be helpful in getting to know our Quaker community to attend other events and group meetings. In addition to Meetings for Worship, we hold various regular events. A calendar can usually be found at the end  of our monthly newsletter, and more information is available on the noticeboards in the foyer of Friends Meeting House. To receive weekly notices by email, ask to join the clerk’s mailing list. Our regular events include:

1. Bring-and-Share Lunches (Last Sunday of each month, 12:30 pm)
Everyone is welcome to a bring-and-share lunch at Friends Meeting House. In August and December, please check our newsletter for possible date changes.

2. Friday with Friends (certain Fridays, 7 for 7:30 pm)
Please see the newsletter  for details for this month

3. Young Adult Friends (Every Monday, 7:00 pm)
Please see the Young Adult Friends page if you’re between 18 and 30.

4. Fairtrade Food Stall (Third Sunday of each month, approx. 10 am to 1 pm)
The stock for this monthly event in our lobby is provided by Fairtrade at St Michael’s on a sale-or-return basis. Friends make no financial profit from the stall – it’s simply a way of raising awareness and availability of Fairtrade products.

5. Friends Fellowship of Healing (Third Wednesday of each month at 1:45 pm in the Garden Room)  This is  a monthly Meeting for Worship for Healing which holds in the Light those who have asked to be upheld.. The Fellowship seeks spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing for those whose names it holds in the Light. Contact ffh@oxfordquakers.org if you would like to ask for yourself or  someone else to be remembered.

6. Post Code Community Groups -As Oxford Meeting is so large, we also hold smaller gatherings in different areas of the City in Friends’ homes. Contact pcg@oxfordquakers.org, giving your name and postal address, to be included in invitations to your local community group.

7.  Coffee Group at 11 a.m at Blackwell’s cafe. This is an open and informal group that meets after the 9.30 Meeting for Worship.

See also  groups focused on Social Action