In addition to weekly Meeting for Worship and the social time afterwards, Germantown Meeting offers several opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship to members and attenders.
The next Adult Class will be April 22, 2012 at 9 a.m. Ed Nakawatase will make a presentation on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) which was approved by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007, with only four no votes (the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada). The Declaration is a groundbreaking human rights document that affirms for the first time the collective rights of indigenous peoples as distinct communities and the right to survive as such. The crafting of the document was done primarily by indigenous peoples throughout the world over a 25 year period.
The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is being asked by the PYM Indian Committee to support the Declaration as part of its witness against racism and for social justice. We will be asking Germantown Meeting to add its voice to this support which includes Trenton and Central Philadelphia Monthly Meetings.
2000, Germantown Friends Meeting has held an annual retreat at Camp
Swatara in Central Pennsylvania. All members and attenders are invited
to spend a weekend together in a beautiful wooded setting. There are
programs for adults and children, and free time to hike, play or rest. Our 2012 retreat will be the weekend of April 13-15. Our theme is Deepening and Strengthening our Meeting Community. Contact the Meeting Office if you'd like to register.
Circles of care
of Care were started in 2006 by the Care and Visiting Committee as an
alternative method of providing support to members. Meeting members who
ask to participate are assigned to small groups and meet regularly
(usually monthly) to provide support and care for each other. Each
Circle of Care is convened by a member of the Care and Visiting
lunches are sponsored by the Outreach Committee about 4 times a year.
All members and attenders are invited to stay after Meeting for Worship
for a simple lunch, usually chili (or soup), bread and salad. There is
no agenda other than fellowship and community building. The next lunch is Sunday, April 22nd.
Each fall members and attenders are invited to sign up for the Friendly 8s dinners which are held the on the 3rd Sunday evenings of November, January, February and March. Friends (couples or 2 friends) are randomly assigned in groups of eight so that each dinner has a different mix of people. We find this to be a wonderful way to meet and get to know each other better.
In the past couple of years the Worship and Ministry Committee have sponsored a class on Quakerism called Quakerism 101. The class is geared towards newcomers to and others interested in Quakerism and is advertised to the parents of students at Germantown Friends School. The course covers the history, beliefs and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends.
Throughout the year, there are many other activities:
- book group
- quilting circle
- game night
- intergenerational movie night
- annual picnic
- Christmas potluck and carol singing