Quaker Week 2022 runs from Saturday 24 September to Sunday 2 October.
Quaker Week provides an opportunity each year for Quaker meetings to focus on outreach, on helping people to find us and sharing our faith with others. It is a time when we find ways to connect with others and celebrate Quaker work, faith and community.
This year we are particularly focusing on connecting with and welcoming families. A key resource is All Are Welcome, which can support us to:
- Reach out to families
- Connect with each other
- Enrich our all-age worshipping community
In the run up to Quaker Week 2022, you can find support for your planning and thinking in our weekly online outreach sessions, in partnership with Woodbrooke. Alternating between Thursday lunchtime and Tuesday evening sessions, these are an opportunity to explore a range of topics, to help with planning and share ideas and experiences. You can attend one, some or all of the sessions.
There is support for all outreach activities that Quaker meetings are undertaking via
email@example.com and through the Quaker outreach network.
Keep an eye on Quakers in Britain's social media (@BritishQuakers) which will be sharing stories and resources about Quakers that you may want to share. If you want to do your own Quaker Week social media, use #QuakerWeek.
World Quaker Day
Sunday 2 October 2022 is World Quaker Day. The theme this year is Becoming the Quakers the World Needs. The aim is to share reflections with Friends around the world. You can find resources at: www.worldquakerday.org/resources.
World Quaker Day falls on the final day of Quaker Week this year.
The Quaker Outreach Network
The Outreach Network meets twice a month on Zoom (one lunchtime and one evening meeting) to bring together everyone interested in outreach. These sessions are a chance to share insights and experiences and to ask questions about best practice. There is also an e-group for this network. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparation for outreach
When preparing for outreach, it might be a time for your community to reflect; what does it mean for us to live as Quakers today? See Being Friends Together, particularly step 1, 2 and 3 on the 'Knowing Each Other in the Things that are Eternal...and Everyday' pathway for support doing this.
If you are not sure how to introduce Quaker faith to enquirers, the information on the About Quakers page may be helpful. Find simple descriptions of how we worship, what we do, how we are organised and how people can become a Quaker.
Outreach is for me an invitation to others to join us in our way of worship and response to life which are so important to us that we wish to share them... It does not depend on rewards or threats, but on the active acceptance of those who see it as truth.Edrey Allott, 1990, Quaker faith & practice 28.09
There are two pages on this website where you can browse and download digital outreach material:
If you need paper copies of materials, please get in touch at email@example.com. and we will try to send out postal copies.
Woodbrooke offer a range of online worship opportunities. Visit the Woodbrooke worship page for information. It's an ideal space for enquirers and many first-time worshippers attend.
The Quaker Way Woodbrooke course is for those relatively new to Quakers who wish to find out more.
Adventurous Outreach grants
Adventurous Outreach grants are available to fund new, exciting ideas for Quaker outreach.
Do you have an idea for a creative or innovative outreach activity? You could apply for a grant to make it happen. You can get funds for any adventurous ideas to:
- make Quakers known and widely understood
- help seekers find meetings
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovering Quakers is a new outreach initiative to provide information for people curious about Quakers. Does this sort of work interest you? Do you have experience in digital marketing? Discovering Quakers is looking for a freelancer to provide digital marketing services over the next 12 months. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact email@example.com to find out more.
The in-person sessions of Quaker Quest at Friends House are currently suspended. However, a lively Zoom session is available from 7–8.30pm every Monday evening. Enquirers can sign up through Meet Up. Quakers interested in setting up this sort of outreach activity can get in touch with Zoom Quaker Quest at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be welcome to arrange to come along to a session to observe and get ideas for their own outreach initiatives.
Other outreach initiatives
Various other outreach initiatives are in the pipeline. Those wishing to be involved can contact: email@example.com.
Share your stories with us
We are always keen to hear from Quakers about different outreach ideas and initiatives. Please do get in touch to tell us what you're planning via firstname.lastname@example.org.