"Quakers respect the creative power of God in every human being and in the world around us. We work through quiet processes for a world where peaceful means bring about just settlements."

Our second meeting went without a hitch and we were happy to be able to meet in this way. One or two members were with us in spirit though not on line. That made it very special. Please call 01380 860181 if you are interested in joining us in our Zoom meeting for worship.

One of our members told us how she prepared for the first meeting.

7am  Alarm wakes me up at what we know is really 6am. Mutter darkly about folly of first Zoom MfW being on the first day of British Summer Time. 9am  Look up Robin’s email with instructions on how to use Zoom. Decide it is going to be simple.  Take dog for walk.

10am Return home. Get laptop going, press link on Robin’s email, open up Zoom.  Save Zoom file as instructed then spend 10 minutes copying and pasting the link instead of ID. Put in ID and like magic, I am connected.

10.15am Realise have to be in quiet space for Meeting, impossible at usual dining table with dog, cat, husband and 2 adult children now resident because of coronavirus.  Assuming laptop battery is sufficient for an hour, disconnect from electric supply. 10.20am  Push husband out of his study. Create space on spare table, open up laptop, adjust position of chair to hide chaos behind me.

Move mattress temporarily propped up on wall.  Remove electric cables on back of door.  Attempt to create image of a tranquil haven, perfect for MfW.  Compose face into suitably contemplative expression. Press button and suddenly there’s Robin and other Friends on my laptop screen.

10.25am  Laptop crashes as no life left in battery.  Run screaming to dining table to retrieve plug, run back to study.  Remove pile of papers burying extension cable socket, plug in laptop. 10.28am Re-enter all information required to get me to re-connect with MfW, including pressing ‘mute’ as an option – who knows what’s going to happen in the following hour given the chaos of the previous half hour?

10.29am Take deep breath, press Enter on the keyboard. Sigh of relief, I am back with everyone. 10.30am Meeting begins 10.33am Becomes apparent not everyone has pressed mute button. Can’t resist looking at where people are sitting. Jonathan’s tuning in on his phone so can’t see him. Cat scratching at door to be let in. 10.35am Have settled into MfW. 

11.30am Jean brings Meeting to a close and we all greet each other.
 
Now you know how not to do a Zoom Meeting for Worship. See you next Sunday!

What a pity we started on the day when we changed the clocks! Nevertheless, we had a good meeting with 9 participants after a short period where people were getting used to the technology. The best part was having the company of  housebound member. We will investigate how we can continue to use Zoom during regular meetings.

(July2020)

Devizes Quakers have closed the Meeting House building and garden in support of the recommended social distancing advice. Our meetings for worship have been cancelled till further notice. However we are supporting each other through friendship groups who will check on the wellbeing of members and are trialling an online meeting for worship among local people. If you would like to participate in the online meeting please email robin@environomic.co.uk.

If you would like to participate in an online meeting for worship that is already functioning please go to https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/about/online-mfw/

There are three online meetings on the Woodbrooke site per week.

(Spring 2020)

 

Devizes Quakers and Sustainable Devizes had planned an evening to record our solidarity with all the people working all over the world to protect our planet and the life on it. This was to have taken place on 28 March starting with an period of reflection and followed by a candlelit supper between 8.30 and 9.30 pm. This is an international day of action. Sadly we have had to close the Meeting House to protect the health of users so it will not now take place.

However, all is not lost. Please join in at home and share your action on the Sustainable Devizes Facebook page. Simply by switching off lights, TV, computer etc. for the hour is supporting the movement. How about a period of silent worship or meditation, alone if need be? For families, you could play games in the dark, have the candlelit supper at home and light a candle in the window to show you are participating. The website is www.earthhour.org . You can register your intention to participate too.

 

We are a Fairtrade Church and regularly hold coffee mornings in support of Traidcraft. the next will be on

Saturday 23 November between 10.00 and 12.00 noon.

This year is a significant year both for Traidcraft and the Fairtrade Foundation. Many thanks to Antonia Tolhurst from Devizes Fairtrade Group for the item below.

This year Traidcraft is celebrating 40 years and the Fairtrade Foundation 25 years since they were started. Many people may wonder what exactly both these organisations are so below is a brief explanation.

Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty. Its mission is to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives. Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation and is made up of a trading company (Traidcraft plc) and an international development charity (Traidcraft Exchange). It works in over 30 developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

Soon after it was founded in 1979 Traidcraft started selling the first Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar. It has gradually added more products including crafts to its catalogue most of them now bearing the FAIRTRADE mark. Last year, due to falling sales, there were fears that it would have to cease trading but their Board was impressed by the number of letters and expressions of support that they received from the public and in the light of this they decided to restructure the business which resulted in a reduction in staff and business but not a complete closure of Traidcraft. The range of goods they sell has been reduced, particularly the crafts, but most of the favourite products that are sold on the Traidcraft stalls, mostly in churches, are still available.

The Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, Global Justice Now, and the W.I. The Foundation is the UK member of Fairtrade International which unites over 20 labelling initiatives across Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico and Australia/New Zealand as well as networks of producer organisations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. It helps to grow demand for Fairtrade products and empower producers to sell to traders and retailers, finds new ways of working to support producer organisations and their networks and raises public awareness of the need for Fairtrade and the significant role of Fairtrade in making trade fair.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary since the first few FAIRTRADE Mark certified products were launched by Cafédirect, Clipper tea, Green & Black’s and Percol Coffee in 1994, the Fairtrade Foundation thanks the public for fighting for the rights of vulnerable people who are exploited by trade. Thanks to the demands of consumers  today there are around 5,000 Fairtrade-certified products on sale in the UK. 

18 November 2019

Contact: Devizes Quakers 

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