Local Notices

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Winter Night Shelter

The Night Shelter has an urgent need for more volunteers. For the first time ever, their waiting list exceeds every available bed space, through rising levels of need and insufficient volunteers to open the doors yet/

If you can give a few hours on a regular basis this winter this is the time to sign up. There are daily volunteer opportunities available in the evening reception café (Unity Park Station in central Milton Keynes), in the overnight venues (in Wolverton, Bletchley, Coffee Hall and Newport Pagnell) and in the morning welcome service (at Unity Park Station). Roles include setting up and making beds, meeting and greeting, drinks preparation, cooking and kitchen help, food service, night duty, cleaning, packing down, laundry and more.

You can sign up on the volunteer page of the website: https://www.winternightsheltermk.org/volunteer/

If you can’t volunteer, you can donate to support the work: https://www.winternightsheltermk.org/give/

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Jams and chutneys for Hlekweni

The fundraising efforts in support of Friends of Helkweni come to an end at the end of the year. For the second half of 2021 the Kitchen Chemist has been supporting FoH and so far has raised £250. So, let’s see if we can reach £300 by the end of the year. The following are currently available:

Jams                Plum, Victoria plum, Cherry plum, Mirabelle plum, Apple & green ginger

Chutneys          Piccalilli, Red tomato, Rhubarb, Victoria plum

Lemon, lime and orange curds, as well as chilli jam, can be made on request.

The KC will bring jars on Sunday mornings, but can deliver. Contact jim.iley@btinternet.com

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Tuesday 21st December  

19:30 – 22:00 A Choral Christmas

A joint concert with TGI Choir directed by Craig McLeish and Polymnia directed by Jess Norton featuring some Christmas choral classics and a few surprises! Special Guest: Jonathan Kingston – Organ

St George’s Church Wolverton, MK12 5EX

Proceeds will go to YIS Supporting Teenage Mental health in Milton Keynes

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Saturday 25th December

Christmas Day Meeting for Worship

If you are planning to attend on Christmas Day, Sue Leyland is looking for a volunteer to be the Greeting Friend on the door. Anyone willing to be the Greeting Friend should contact Sue (either direct or via the clerks coclerksmk@llquakers.org.uk) and she will explain what to do.

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Wednesday 12th January

19:00 – 20:30 Alternative Book Group

The book this time is Death – The End of Self Improvement by Joan Tollifson

This book celebrates the great stripping process of ageing, dying and spiritual awakening. Beautiful, poignant, at times humorous, transcendent, messy, down to earth, refreshingly honest–the book explores death, and more importantly, being alive, through a rich mix of personal stories and spiritual reflections.    

The meeting will be on Zoom, all welcome! The link will be posted in the New year.

There is still time to add the book to Christmas wish lists!

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Friday 14th January

10.00-11.00 Online meditation session

Our Friend, Helen Stephenson, has agreed to hold some further online meditation sessions in the new year. These will be held on the second Friday of each month from 10.00-11.00 am, starting on 14 January 2022. As before, while there is no specific charge for these sessions, we invite participants to make a donation to Meeting as a contribution for their attendance.

Meeting’s bank account is: 08-90-28, account no: 50528862. Please add ‘Mindfulness’ to your donation.

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Saturday 15th January

16:00 50th Anniversary New Year’s Party

Our Quaker Meeting New Year’s Party will be held on Saturday 15th January 2022. Its theme will be Celebrating our 50th Anniversary. We hope that our families will come along and join in with the celebration. This will now take place online only rather than face to face at the Meeting House, in view of the current uncertain Covid situation. Michael Grabowski is asking for volunteers to help plan and organise this event.

Please contact Michael on michaelgrabowski4711@gmail.com

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