January 2022: Calendar & Noticeboard

Calendar

These diary dates are in addition to our regular Sunday Meetings for Worship. Where Meetings take place on Zoom, the meeting IDs are usually the same as for Afterword gatherings on Zoom.

DateTimeEvent (and venue where applicable)
Sun 2nd10:30amSingle combined Meeting for Worship (1st Sunday)
Note: No Business Meeting this month
Wed 5th7pmOSAM-wide “Living in the Spirit” 
OSAM Zoom (TBA)
Tues 11th4pm“Living in the Spirit”
Afterword Zoom
Wed 12th5.30pmOSAM-wide: Communications 
Afterword Zoom
Wed 12th7pmElders Group Zoom
M4W Zoom
Mon 17th10:30amOX1 Monthly Meeting
Garden Room
Sat 15th10–4pmOSAM Area Meeting
Zoom only: details TBA
Wed 19th5.30pmOSAM-wide: Outreach
Afterword Zoom
Mon 24th4–6pmPoems in the Library: “Place”
Hopefully blended: Meeting House and Afterword Zoom
Wed 26th5.30pmOSAM-wide: Premises
Afterword Zoom
Tues 25th4pm“Living in the Spirit”                               Afterword Zoom

Noticeboard

Important Minute from the Covid Safety Group

The Covid Safety Group met over Zoom on Friday 17th December and published the following minute:

We have considered a range of possible responses to the current situation. We have heard that levels of Omicron in the Oxford region are high, and that the advice of the Chief Medical Officer is that we should be cautious about social contact and prioritise the occasions on which we meet others. We remind Friends that opportunities for meeting for worship will continue to be available on Zoom.

We think it is reasonable currently to continue to offer in-person meetings, but these should be made as safe as possible for all those attending, and we will need to monitor how infection rates develop.

We are grateful for the purchase of a CO2 monitor for use on the premises, and we ask that this be used in all meetings, and ventilation increased (i.e. by opening more windows or doors) if the monitor indicates more than 800 parts per million of CO2.

The official requirement for places of worship is that those attending should wear face masks (i.e. fitted face masks, not simply visors) unless they have a medical exemption, and we ask Friends to maintain this practice in all parts of the building including the lobby. We encourage Friends to do lateral flow tests before attending meeting, and to remember that we need to show high levels of care for the most vulnerable members of our community.

We agree that the screen at the back of the meeting house should be opened and left open for the time being, to improve the ventilation in the meeting house and allow for social distancing.

We ask that tea and coffee should only be served on the verandah; Friends can then choose if they wish to drink it inside or outside.

If Friends wish to attend the meeting on Christmas Day, we ask that the meeting and lunch should be held in the meeting house and the CO2 monitor used. We ask Friends to do a lateral flow test before deciding whether to attend.

We ask Elders to remind Friends of appropriate precautions, including wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing as part of their welcome to meeting. We remind all Friends that every choice we each make has repercussions, for ourselves and for others; we need to be vigilant and understand that the guidance may change as the situation develops.

Lis Burch

December 2021: Calendar & Noticeboard

Calendar, including Meetings for Worship during Christmas week

These diary dates are in addition to our regular Sunday Meetings for Worship. However, this month we have also included Meetings for Worship during Christmas week (26th December onwards), which we hope you will find helpful. Where events take place on Zoom, the meeting IDs are usually the same as for Afterword gatherings on Zoom.

DateTimeEvent
(and venue where applicable)
Sun 5th10am-noonKindness Café
No. 43
 10:30amSingle combined Meeting for Worship
Meeting House
 12-2pmBusiness Meeting
Meeting House
Tues 14th4-5pm‘Living in the Spirit’
Zoom
Mon 20th10:30-12:30OX1 Monthly Meeting
Garden Room
 4-6pm‘Poems that influenced me most’
Meeting House
Sat 25th10.30-11.15amMeeting for Worship followed by bring & share lunch                            
Sun 26th9:30am
11am
Meetings for Worship
Meeting House
Tues 28th7:30amMeeting for Worship
Garden Room
Wed 29th11.30amMeeting for Worship
Garden Room

Noticeboard

Silent Vigil on Remembrance Sunday

Oxford Quakers will be holding their silent vigil for peace outside the Meeting House at 10.30am on 14th November, Remembrance Sunday. This year, we are pleased to be represented in the service at theWar Memorial by Elizabeth Salisbury. 

Please come if you can, for as long or as short a time as you are able.  We’ll be running our Kindness café to help sustain you!g a silent vigil for peace outside the Meeting House.

November 2021: Calendar & Noticeboard

Calendar

Where Meetings take place on Zoom, the meeting IDs are usually the same as for Afterword gatherings on Zoom.

DateTimeEvent (and venue where applicable)
Tues 2nd7-9amEarly Meeting for Worship
Meeting House
 10:30amWest Oxford Friends Coffee Morning   
Please contact the Office for details about the venue
Wed 3rd11:30amMeeting for Worship
Garden Room
Sun 7th10:30amSingle combined Meeting for Worship (1st Sunday)
Meeting House
 12pmBusiness Meeting              
Meeting House
Tues 9th7amEarly Meeting for Worship
Meeting House
Wed 10th11:30amMeeting for Worship
Garden Room
 7pmElders Meeting
Zoom
Fri 12th7pmFriday with Friends
Meeting House
Sun 14th9:30Meeting for Worship
Meeting House
 10:30amRemembrance Sunday Silent Vigil & Kindness Café
43 St Giles’
 11amMeeting for Worship
Meeting House
Mon 15th10:30amOX1 Monthly Meeting
Garden Room
 4pmPoems: “Poems that influenced me most”
Meeting House & Zoom
Tues 16th7amEarly Meeting for Worship
Meeting House
Wed17th11:30amMeeting for Worship
Meeting House
6:30pmFinance Meeting
Zoom
Fri 19th10amPoetry Workshop
Library
Sun 21st9:30amMeeting for Worship
Meeting House
11amMeeting for Worship
Meeting House
Tues 23rd7amEarly Meeting for Worship
Meeting House
4pm“Living in the Spirit:”  a spirit-led small-group conversation
Zoom
Wed 24th11:30amMeeting for Worship
Garden Room
Sun 28th9:30amMeeting for Worship
Meeting House
 11amMeeting for Worship
Meeting House
2pmFinance Meeting
Library
Tues 30th7amEarly Meeting for Worship
Meeting House

Noticeboard

October 2021: Calendar & Noticeboard

These diary dates are in addition to our regular Sunday Meetings for Worship. Where Meetings take place on Zoom, the meeting IDs are usually the same as for Afterword gatherings on Zoom.

Calendar

DateTimeEvent
(and venue where applicable)
Sun 3rd10:30amSingle combined all-age Meeting for Worship
12:15pmMeeting for Worship for Business
Tues 5th7-9pmFirst Tuesday Group
Fri 8th7-9pmFriday with Friends: Reflection on the Swarthmore Lecture 2021 with other Meetings in OSAM
Blended meeting at the Meeting House and on Zoom
Tues 12th4-5pm“Living in the Spirit:” a spirit-led small-group conversation
Wed 13th7-9pmElders’ meeting
Zoom
Fri 15th7-9pmFriday with Friends: Threshing the Garden Room!
Blended meeting at the Meeting House and on Zoom
Sat 16th2-4pmSaturday Afternoon Threshing the Garden Room!
Blended meeting at the Meeting House and on Zoom
Mon 18th4-6pmPoems in the Library on Zoom: “Free form”
Tues 26th4-5pm“Living in the Spirit:” a spirit-led small-group conversation
Sat 30th10am-4pmRetreat: “Where the Divine meets the Human”
Mon 1st Nov5:30-7:30pmCo-ordinating Group

Noticeboard

September 2021: Calendar & Noticeboard

Calendar

These diary dates are in addition to our regular Sunday Meetings for Worship. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings are on Zoom. Meeting IDs are usually the same as for Afterword gatherings on Zoom.

DateTimeEvent
(and venue where applicable)
Fri 3rd7-9pmFriday with Friends: Threshing the Garden Room!
Two separate meetings: one on Zoom and one at the Meeting House
See “Where Next for the Garden Room Project” in this month’s Forty-Three.
Sat 4th2-4pmSaturday afternoon: Threshing the Garden Room!
Two separate meetings: one on Zoom and one at the Meeting House
See “Where Next for the Garden Room Project” in this month’s Forty-Three.
Sun 5th 10:30-11:30amSingle combined Meeting for Worship
12:15-2pmMeeting for Worship for Business
Sat 11th9am-5pmOpen Doors weekend and Ride and Stride
Sun 12th2-5pmOpen Doors weekend and Ride and Stride
Tues 14th4-5pm“Living in the Spirit:” a spirit-led small-group conversation
Sat 18th10:30am-12:30pmOSAM Area Meeting
Baptist Church Hall, Ock St, Abingdon
1:30-3:30pmOSAM Spiritual Nurture Session: Snapshot Survey
Baptist Church Hall, Ock St, Abingdon
Mon 20th4-6pmPoems in the Library on Zoom: “Wit”
See “Poems in the Meeting House” in this month’s Forty-Three
Mon 27th5:30-7pmCo-ordinating Group
Tues 28th4-5pm“Living in the Spirit:” a spirit-led small-group conversation

Community Noticeboard

August 2021: Calendar & Noticeboard

Calendar

These diary dates are in addition to our regular Sunday Meetings for Worship. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings are on Zoom. Meeting IDs are usually the same as for Afterword gatherings on Zoom.

DateTimeEvent
(and venue where applicable)
Sun 1stReminder: No Meeting for Worship for Business this month
Mon 2nd16:00-18:00Poems in the Library (i.e. on Zoom):
‘Freestyle’
Sat 7th 14:00Memorial Meeting for Deborah Filgate, followed by refreshments
A “blended” meeting: both in-person at 43 St Giles’ and online via Zoom; use the Zoom codes for Meeting for Worship (not Afterwords)
Tues 10th 16:00-17:00“Living in the Spirit” conversation
Fri 13th19:00-21:00“Friday with Friends” snapshot survey conversation
A “blended” meeting: both in-person at 43 St Giles’ and online via Zoom
Wed 18th 18:30-19:30Finance Team
Sun 22nd12:30Headington Quakers’ Bring & Share Lunch
Old Headington Village Hall, Dunstan Road
RSVP by Fri 20th to headington.quakers@gmail.com
Tues 24th16:00-17:00“Living in the Spirit” conversation
Mon 30th17:30-19:00Coordinating Group

Community Noticeboard

Masks and social distancing at the Meeting House following the lifting of Covid restrictions

The Meeting’s Covid Safety Group writes:

Following the lifting of Covid restrictions on 19th July, we encourage anyone attending our Meetings for Worship in person at 43 St Giles to continue taking care of others in our community, by wearing a face mask indoors if possible and maintaining physical distancing.

We ask everyone who can to check into the venue on their smartpone using the QR code displayed in the entrance lobby. We have wall-mounted hand sanitisers in each room, and we encourage hand-washing or sanitising, and ventilating spaces between meetings. Cleaning materials are available in rooms and additional cleaning is carried out according to usage of rooms.