PFM teens have recently been visiting local churches to experience the diversity of worship. Following a visit to a mosque last year, current focus is on Christianity, with recent visits to a Mennonite church, an Anglican monastery, a Presbyterian church, and the Cedar Ridge Church Community. The teens will be visiting Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, pentecostal, and African-American churches in the next few months.
In October and November Patapsco Friends met weekly for a discussion on six Quaker Quest pamphlets on God, worship, pacifism, evil, simplicity, and Jesus. Each pamphlet collected the thoughts of twelve British Quakers. Those in attendance at these sessions felt we began to “know each other in that which is eternal.”
Our Meeting hosted worship and fellowship gatherings on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve that were attended by current members and some returning Friends now attending other Meetings. The Christmas Eve gathering continued a standing tradition, while the New Year’s Eve event was held for the first time.
PFM is planning to hold a spring retreat in April on the theme of the meeting’s role in nurturance of the spirit, with possible attention to the role of eldering in the meeting. We are working with Friends General Conference’s coordinator of traveling ministers to find a facilitator to help us explore this important aspect of Quaker worship.
On February 2nd, thirteen PFM members and Friends at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown joined together at the prison in silence, song, games and stories to celebrate the third anniversary of South Mountain Friends Fellowship.