In Our Own Words …
Bare data about a Quaker Meeting neither suggests what it is that makes those who attend want to do so, nor what it is that they like about the Meeting, nor even what they get out of attending the Meeting. To offer a sense of what Canterbury Meeting feels like, those who attend are invited to say briefly:
- What makes you want to attend Canterbury Meeting?
- What do you like about Canterbury Meeting?
- What do you get out of attending Canterbury Meeting?
It would be most helpful were you to write down your responses to these questions, and to send these thoughts to Peter Hughes for inclusion below. As an example, have a look at what Friends in Folkestone are saying about Folkestone Meeting.
The comments currently on this page are fictitious, and it is hoped that they will soon be replaced by actual comments made by Members and Attenders of Canterbury Meeting.
“Canterbury Meeting is big for Kent, although only medium-sized compared to other Meetings elsewhere within the Yearly Meeting. There is always someone new to talk to, and everyone is very friendly. It feels like coming into a room packed full with my friends.”
“After Meeting for Worship, the Meeting seems to erupt in an explosion of noise, old friends greeting each other, talking about what has been happening for them over the preceding week, and maybe even talking about the ministry.”
“Being a larger Meeting, Meeting for Worship in Canterbury always has a lot of ministry, which many Friends clearly experience as valuable. I should prefer much more silence, but I recognise that newcomers might find long periods of silence intimidating.”
“I am so pleased that there is a Children’s Meeting. I can feel entirely confident that my child is going to be at least adequately allowed for.”
“Some of the ministry is very good. On the other hand, some of it goes way over my head: I can’t always understand the words they use, never mind what it is they are trying to say.”
“In the summer, there are quite a few occasions for fellowship, and I enjoy getting to know people better.”
“We have monthly Meetings for Learning, which are always informative, and usually very well attended. The regular study groups bring an added dimension to the Meeting.”
“I like the fact that there are often visitors, sometimes from different parts of the world. For a while we had a lovely couple from New Zealand, and a delightful man from Japan. There is also a regular connection with France and the United States. It feels pleasantly cosmopolitan.”