Quaker Week 2020: What Does Being a Quaker Mean to Me?

With Quaker Week 2020, Southport Friends have been reflecting on what being a Quaker means to them. Sheila Galligan I have been a Quaker now for almost thirty years – and as I wasn’t born into Quakerism, I still feel ‘new’ to membership. There has been a lot to learn – procedures, business meetings, what is acceptable and what is not, standing up and being […]

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Beekeeping at Southport Meeting House

My name is Sue Hornby and I have been beekeeping for sixteen years. For at least ten of those years I have kept some colonies at the Friends Meeting House in Southport. The garden is a pleasant, peaceful enclosed area and at the moment I have two colonies there. The bees are gentle creatures and go pleasantly about their business. There have been one or […]

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Lockdown Activities

During the Covid-19 lockdown Southport Quakers have been keeping busy in various ways. Marcia and Tony have kindly shared with us some photos of their recent (socially distanced!) adventures in Formby and Freshfield, plus a vintage piece of sheet music that has regained its relevancy in these isolating times. Meanwhile, Elizabeth took some pictures of the Meeting House front garden in bloom for everybody currently […]

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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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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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