PCN Newsletter 26th March 2020

PCN Newsletter 26th March 2020

This is the first in a series of newsletters from PCN Britain.

The spread of the coronavirus has meant that we have all had to face restrictions, on our friendship gatherings, our social life, our work, our journeys, our contact with close family. For PCN, as you know, it has meant the cancellation of meetings and conferences.

HOWEVER our friendships have not been quarantined and we can communicate with each other by email, telephone, SKYPE, social media and the good old letter! And so we have decided to make a virtue out of necessity, to find that silver lining, by sending you (if you are happy to receive this) a regular email containing a rich variety of thoughts, stories, musings, even theological debate! And we hope you will contribute by responding with your comments, opinions, articles, light-hearted and serious, via the dedicated page of our website, our Facebook page and other ways. Some of the PCN trustees will regularly offer ideas, perhaps a poem here, a book review there. Let’s turn the enforced inactivity into an active exchange of ideas. And lets also support those who do contract this virus and need our love and friendship.

So……here is my little reflection on today…….

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Thoughts on online meeting for worship by Tim Gee

Thoughts on online meeting for worship by Tim Gee

Self-isolating and unable to get to a Quaker meeting in person, Tim Gee shares some thoughts on joining his first online meeting for worship.

This week I attended my first ever online meeting for worship. To my slight surprise it was a warm and spirited experience.

In line with the government’s advice for those with a cough or temperature to stay home, I’d been in self-isolation since the middle of the week. I sent my apologies to Quaker Friends saying I wouldn’t be at meeting. When it emerged that meeting in person might not work for others either, we decided to try meeting for worship online.

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Virtual Meeting for Worship - togetherness while apart

Virtual Meeting for Worship - togetherness while apart

Zoom - conferencing - options for meeting in social isolation

From the Advices and Queries used in Worship in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Advices and Queries number 10:

Come regularly to meeting for worship even when you are angry, depressed, tired or spiritually cold. In the silence ask for and accept the prayerful support of others joined with you in worship. Try to find a spiritual wholeness which encompasses suffering as well as thankfulness and joy. Prayer, springing from a deep place in the heart, may bring healing and unity as nothing else can. Let meeting for worship nourish your whole life.

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