The Care and Counsel Committee provides pastoral care for the Newtown Friends Meeting community. This includes caring for members in times of need and processing requests for membership, marriage and Clearness Committees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I become a member of Newtown Friends Meeting?
A. If, after attending Meeting for Worship and becoming familiar with Quakerism, you feel moved to become a member of Newtown Friends Meeting, the next step is to send a letter expressing your interest to the Clerk of Newtown Friends Meeting (Box 224, Newtown Pa. 18940 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The letter should include why you feel led to become a member of Newtown Meeting and the Religious Society of Friends. Following the receipt of your letter, Care and Counsel appoints a Clearness Committee to visit with you to learn more about your journey, Meeting activities, the nature of membership and any questions you may have. Faith and Practice is a useful resource. www.pym.org/faith-and-practice pages 34-43
Q. How do I inform Care and Counsel about a member or attender who needs help or support?
A. The ability of Care and Counsel to minister to members and attenders of Newtown Meeting depends on friends informing us of any concern they may have. Please speak to a committee member.
Q. How do I request the temporary use of one of the Meeting’s Healing Quilts for someone in need of comfort due to illness or bereavement?
A. Please speak to a committee member.
Q. How can we be married under the care of Newtown Meeting?
A. To initiate consideration of a Quaker marriage under the care of Newtown Meeting, send a letter to the Clerk of Newtown Friends Meeting (Box 224, Newtown, PA 18940) indicating your interest at least five months prior to your preferred wedding date. Following the receipt of your letter, Care and Counsel appoints a Clearness Committee to meet with you to explore areas of understanding regarding marriage, the nature of your relationship and possible dates for the ceremony. Faith and Practice is a useful resource. The Meeting is NOT available as a wedding venue rental for those without a Meeting connection. For more information, go here to the Marriage Handbook
Q. What is a Clearness Committee or a Committee for Clearness?
A. Committees for Clearness consist of a few members of Meeting who meet with, listen to, advise and support members considering a change in life’s direction, sensing a leading towards a personal witness or facing a crisis in their lives. Faith and Practice is a useful resource. Care & Counsel can help you create a clearness committee. www.pym.org/faith-and-practice page 29
Anyone who is considering having or serving on a Clearness Committee, we recommend you watch QuakerSpeak video “How to Have a Clearness Committee” and QuakerSpeak video “How to Serve on a Clearness Committee,” both found at the bottom of this page.
For any other questions, please contact a member of Care & Counsel.