Fellowship and Outreach
The Fellowship and Outreach Committee plans and holds events to build and strengthen a sense of belonging and cohesiveness among members and attenders and raise the profile of Gwynedd Meeting in the community. Many events are also open to the general public.
Food and Fellowship
The committee organizes food and fellowship following Meeting for Worship during the summer season, or at the rise of First Day School, September through June. Members and attenders are encouraged to volunteer to provide healthy snacks, prepare coffee, tea or other light beverages, and clean up afterwards.
A sign-up sheet is kept on a clipboard on the bulletin board in the community room showing which committees or individuals are responsible.
Gwynedd Friends “2nd Saturday Coffeehouse”
Coffeehouses are held the 2nd Saturday of October, November, December, March, April and May. The purpose of this outreach project is to provide high quality entertainment at a price ($5) that is accessible to people in our greater community. Some of the causes funded are listed below.
The monies collected at the Coffeehouse cover expenses including the cost of the performers, and support the sponsored charity of the evening.
Some of the charities that we have contributed to are
• Afghan Education Fund,
• American Friends Service Committee,
• the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund,
• Friends Neighborhood Guild,
• Friends Transition Support Services,• Habitat for Humanity,
• Heifer Project,
• Inter-Faith Hospitality Network of Ambler and Hope Gardens,
• Manna on Main Street,
• Prisoner Visitation and Support,
• Ramallah Friends School,
• School Aid to Mozambique Orphans,
• Children's Aid Society of Montgomery County,
• Gwynedd Preserve (Natural Lands Trust)
Friendly Eights Dinners
Friendly Eights Dinners bring members and attenders together so that they may become better acquainted. The host of the month welcomes six others to a potluck dinner at his/her home. Conversations are not limited to religious topics. The number of dinners held per year vary according to those who are willing to host. The contact person is Bart Sacks
Poetry and Prose Night
Members, attenders and friends are invited to read poetry and prose, which has added meaning to their lives. They may have pieces that they themselves have written, or are from favorite authors. Poetry and Prose Night has been typically held on a Saturday evening in the month of January.
The Christmas Tea
The tea is held at 6 pm on the Sunday before Christmas with a finger foods pot luck, beverages furnished by the committee
Visitors' Information Events
The committee assists in conducting an occasional Visitor’s Day or Open House for those new to Quakerism. Guests are always welcome to attend Gwynedd Meeting, but at this time special programs are included for those unfamiliar with Quaker practice.
Guest Book Responses
The Fellowship and Outreach committee sends a welcoming note to visitors who sign the Meetinghouse guest book, asking if they would like further contact and if they wish to receive the Meeting newsletter either by mail or email.
The committee keeps the meetinghouse kitchen stocked with basic items and assists other committees with hospitality when called upon