Since Newtown Friends Meeting has no professional, paid staff, the life of the meeting depends on voluntary involvement and commitment. The Meeting’s committees ensure the continuity of the spiritual, as well as the operational, goals of the meeting. Members and attenders are encouraged to understand the roles and nature of the committees, to use them if the need arises, and to know where they can contribute their talents most effectively. Here is a brief description of the active meeting committees and their function:
Auditing: Makes an annual audit of the financial records of the Controller.
Building & Grounds: oversees the maintenance and care of the meeting property.
Care and Counsel: provides pastoral care for the meeting community, as well as preliminary consideration for applications for membership, marriage and transfers. Open to members only.
Conference Grants: considers funding requests from the meeting community to participate in Quaker conferences and gatherings to nurture their spiritual growth and understanding of Quakerism.
Financial Oversight: guides the Meeting in its financial affairs.
Inreach/Outreach: enhances both the social life of the Meeting as a faith community and its relations with the wider community – including but not limited to various forms of hospitality for members, attenders and visitors, social activities, public relations, media relations and participation in activities of the Newtown and Bucks County communities.
Library: maintains the meeting library.
Newsletter: Assembles and writes items of interest to Meeting members ten times a year from September to June. Publishes calendar of events and information about meeting activities, informal working groups in the Meeting and news of the meeting community.
Newtown Friends School: Responsible for the care and operation of our school, Newtown Friends School, under the charter provided by the Meeting.
Nominating: Responsible for full staffing of Meeting committees.
Peace and Service: builds a bridge between the individual concerns of those in the meeting community and the meeting as a whole, and seeks ways for the Meeting to support the leadings and social concerns activities of individual members.
Religious Education–Children: nurtures the children of the Meeting through the First Day School program.
Religious Education–Adult: develops and promotes the Adult First Day School programs through the program year (September through June). Programs are intended to inform, inspire and educate members, attendees, and the general public. Presenters may be members of the meeting community, visiting Quaker leaders, educators, or other prominent speakers.
Tuition Aid for Friends Schools: responsible for disbursing tuition assistance to children of Meeting members attending primary and secondary Friends Schools.
Worship and Ministry: Nurtures the spiritual life of the Meeting, and attends to the various pastoral needs of the Meeting that are rooted in our spiritual foundation. Open to members only.
If you find a committee that interests you, please use the form below to contact the clerk of the committee:
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