Southport Quakers

Quaker Regional Gathering (with Teenage General Meeting)

Peace is not a fairy tale: Rediscovering our Peace Testimony in our personal and corporate lives, in an age of uncertainty, conflict and chaos. Introduced by Paul IngramConsultant, British American Security Information Council I don’t very often manage to get to Regional events, but was so glad that I did so last week. The place was Liverpool Meeting House and the theme was the Peace […]

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Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles, by Sheila Galligan

This morning I missed our usual Quaker Meeting as I’d been invited to accompany two friends, Anastasia and Dimitrios, to their Greek Orthodox Church in Leyland.  It was part of my need to be ‘open to new light from whatever source’ and was an experience not to be missed. The community, which includes lots of different nationalities, felt warm and welcoming – in other words […]

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Thoughts on Coming to Meeting, by Thomas and Lauren

Catherine Martin asked her children Thomas and Lauren what they thought about coming to Southport Quaker Meeting. This is what they had to say: Thomas’ feelings (age 13) In Children’s meeting “We talk about Quaker things. It can sometimes be hard (sitting in silence) because I don’t like awkward silences but it’s a good time to think about things. Last time at meeting we wrote […]

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Quaker Week: Marcia’s Quaker Story

Even as a young child, I was always interested in religion. I went to a Church of England School which was a lovely environment. The vicar came in to tell us Bible stories. I was fascinated. I particularly remember the story of St Christopher carrying the Christ child across the river (not Biblical, but fascinating to a young child). My parents didn’t go to Church […]

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Formby Quiet Time

On the first Friday of each month there is a time of silent worship In the Quaker tradition at St Peter’s Church, Green Lane, Formby L37 7DL. The meeting opens at 10.30am and ends at 11am with coffee. If you would like a time of reflection and peace do come and join us. Everyone is very welcome. On Friday December 6th at 10.30am we are […]

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Quaker Week: My Journey to the Society of Friends, by Sheila Galligan

When I first visited Southport Meeting in 1990 I definitely felt a sense of ‘home-coming’. This seemed to be a place where I belonged and could grow. It had been a long and searching journey with some sadness which I still feel at the loss of my original church. I was born in 1951, the fourth child of a family of seven children. We were […]

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07 July 2019: A Report by Elainer Matthews, Aged 8

At children’s meeting on the 7th July, the topic was homes and what makes them. Elainer had this to say: I said Beds  and  piano,  kettle,  animals,  garden,   food,  and  cookbooks.   I love  my    house    I love     my    mum .     My   bed is    so   comfy.   What    if     you     didn’t     have      a     house      you     would     be     upset      on      the     ground       on     the     floor     in     town. I   […]

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26th June 2019: Haskayne Wildflower Walk

Wildflower Walk in Haskayne Railway Cuttings Nature Reserve on Wednesday 26th June 2019 Five friends (Elizabeth, Janet, Sue, Tony and Marcia) met Brian Wilby on the road out of the small hamlet of Barton, to look at a variety of flowers in the Railway Cutting Nature Reserve near Haskayne. A beautiful evening with sunlight and a gentle breeze. Brian had done a recce and identified […]

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Quakers in North West England 1652–1653

Lancaster University have been carrying out a research project into the early Quakers of the North West. To read about it, please see their rich and fascinating website page here, complete with maps, images and George Fox’s journals. Thanks to Kath Ward for bringing this to our attention!

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March News from Southport Quakers

Last Sunday afternoon (3 rd March), 6 Friends from Southport and Wigan attended a wonderful celebration at Trinity Methodist Church in Croston. We had been invited by Dilys Lightfoot who contacted Elizabeth Rowland Elliott several months ago. In July 1939, Olga Bergmann Gabanyi boarded the last Kindertransport out of Prague and made a new life for herself with Norman and Merci Cardwell in Croston.  Her […]

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