Quaker Activities in Western Australia
Apart from our regular Meetings for Worship (see Home page),
we meet for several other activities under the auspices of WA Regional Meeting:
[see “Whats on” page for details of forthcoming activities]
• Meeting for Worship for Business:
These are meetings for decision-making about practical affairs and
faith-in-action concerns, conducted in a spirit of worship. They are
usually held on the first Sunday of each month, alternate months at Mt. Lawley
Meeting House and Fremantle, but dates and locations can vary (see Events page)
Attenders (ie non-Members) are welcome, but should approach the Clerk(s) beforehand.
Mt. Lawley and Fremantle Meetings also have their own quarterly Meeting for Worship for Business
• Shared Lunch at the Quaker Meeting House on 4th Sundays after
Meeting for Worship. This is an opportunity for Friends from the
various metropolitan meetings and other visiting Friends to socialise.
• Residential Gathering:
For the past few years Friends from all the local meetings have
gathered for a convivial weekend in the State’s South-West, usually over the
long weekend at the end of September. This event is hosted by South
• “Quaker News”:
The Regional Meeting newsletter is emailed regularly and circulated to
all Members and regular attenders. If you wish to be added to this
circulation list please contact the Quaker News Team:
• “Back to Meeting” Day:
This is an annual outreach where special assistance is offered for isolated
and infirm Friends to attend Meeting for Worship and gather socially for
a shared lunch.
• Discussion and discernment concerning Australia Yearly Meeting matters:
Special meetings are scheduled to discuss agenda items for decision-making at the national Yearly Meeting gathering or at Standing Committee (YM officers and representatives from each Regional Meeting)
• Talks and workshops offered by visiting Friends (or others whose interests align with Friends’Testimonies). Usually preceded by a convivial shared meal.
• Special-Purpose Meetings for discernment
focused on a specific concern. These may take the form of an open
discussion, or be held in worship-sharing mode. Some of these meetings
aim to produce a recommendation for action which will be taken to the
next Meeting for Worship for Business.
• Study courses
about Quaker faith & practice: “You and the Quaker Tradition” is a 7- session course from Britain Yearly Meeting which has been offered whenever there is sufficient demand. Contact one of the Elders for further information. We hope to offer further courses in the near future.
• ‘Busy Bees’ for maintenance of the Meeting House and garden areas are scheduled as needed (about 3 times a year)
• Friends Fellowship of Healing:
This group meets to hold in the Light any individual who may be sick or deeply troubled. The group met monthly for many years but now meets irregularly according to need.
• Creative activities:
Most years we have a Creative Day where Friends can share their creative passions in workshops and demonstrations, often combined with a concert of performance items or an exhibition of artworks. We have some amazingly talented Friends amongst us!
• Meetings for Stitchery:
Work is commencing on an Australian Quaker Tapestry which will show key events and concerns in the history of Australian Quakers (modeled on Britain’s Quaker Tapestry, now on permanent display in the Lake District) Designers and stitchers are meeting to plan and create the West Australian component of this project.
• Fund-raising activities:
Various activities are organized to support Quaker Service Australia projects or local peace and social justice concerns. These have included movie nights, performances, a stall at the Darlington Festival, book sales, themed suppers at the Meeting House, the “magpie” box of 5 cent coins, etc.
•Special interest activities:
These tend to arise spontaneously when individual Friends discover they have a shared interest. Past activities have included a Quaker Choir, a Bible discussion group, discussion of a series of Eckhart Tolle DVDs, a Quaker Theatre group, exploration of spiritual healing.
• Quaker Education for Adults
Education in Quaker faith, practice and history takes place in both formal and informal ways.
From time to time courses in the Quaker tradition are offered. These courses do not require previous knowledge, although it is helpful to have experienced meetings for worship and to have met some members of the community. Anyone who is interested in an introductory course is welcome to contact the Correspondent by email: davidtehr[at]gmail.com
For more advanced courses available under the auspices of Australia Yearly Meeting, go to the Quaker Learning Australia (QLA) website: www.qlau.quakers.org.au
In addition to courses, occasional workshops are given, usually by a visitor on a specific topic.
There is an excellent library that has books from over a century ago to the most recent publications. They provide an important resource for learning about the spiritual and social experiences of Friends from the origins of the movement in 17th century England to the world-wide Religious Society of Friends today. The library is located in the Meeting House at 35 Clifton Crescent, Mt. Lawley. For access to the library, click the ‘Contact Quakers in WA’ button on the left and leave a message along with your contact information.
[see What’s on page for details of forthcoming activities]