There will be a collection for the Disasters Emergency Committee (D.E.C.) Appeal on behalf of the 500,000+ refugees in Bangladesh (mainly Rohingya refugees from Myanmar), at the end of Carols by Candlelight
A Meeting for Worship at the earlier time of 10.00am for 45 minutes.
Chesterfield Meeting House - there will be a production of ‘Digging the Dirt’ by the Multistory Theatre Company. The play is ’telling the story from the pre-cursor of Quakerism in England to the modern issue of freedom of speech’
Friends – Do they make a difference?
Sounds like a silly question doesn’t it? Many of us will have friends who help us in our lives. Some of us will have been good friends to others in times of need. Such friends make a difference on a personal level. But what about within a community, or at national or even a global level? That’s where Quaker Friends come in. Since 1650 Quakers have been challenging the status quo and pioneering new forms of social behaviour.
Historically, we are known for our impact upon such areas as slavery, business affairs, prison reform and worker’s welfare. Today, the Quaker community continues to grow in scope and influence, often quietly and persistently behind the scenes at the level of national governments and also at the UN. We are active in peace and disarmament, human rights, community and housing, economic justice and increasingly with environmental issues and sustainable living.
Want to hear more about our work? Or the Quaker community and the testaments of truth, justice, equality, simplicity and peace to which we hold? Then please come along to our Meetings in the Bakewell Friends Meeting House at 10.30am every Sunday.
Friends – still making a difference.
Quakers, or Friends, are members of the Religious Society of Friends, also called by some the Friends' Church. Friends are theologically diverse; many Friends regard themselves as Christian, and include those with evangelical, holiness, liberal and traditional Quaker understandings of Christianity. Others groups of Friends with Christian atheist or universalist beliefs have emerged as well.