Advices Regarding the Meeting for Business:

(Draft from the Worship and Ministry Committee, revised 4/1/06, approved by Third Haven Monthly Meeting 5/14/06)

"Dear Friends, keep all of your meetings in the authority, wisdom, and power of Truth and the unity of the blessed Spirit. Let your conduct and conversation be such as become the Gospel of Christ. Exercise yourselves to have a conscience void of offense toward God and toward all people. Be steadfast and faithful in your allegiance and service to your Lord, and the God of peace be with you." Elders of Balby, Yorkshire, 1656

Advices to members and attenders:

All members and attenders are encouraged to attend the Meeting for Business. Each of us needs to be aware of our responsibilities to the Meeting community and the impact we might have upon our Meeting for Business. Therefore, the following advices are presented for your thoughtful consideration:

Advices to committee clerks, Meeting representatives, and committee members:

Much of what is brought to our attention during the Meeting for Business comes from the clerks of committees or through our Meeting's representatives to various local or Quaker organizations. These members of our Meeting take on an important and significant role in the smooth conduct and transparent processes of the business of our Meeting and, therefore, the following advices are presented:

Advices to the Clerk of the Meeting:

All of us need to be aware of what is expected of our Clerk during a Meeting for Business. We must recognize that any of us, at any time, might be called upon to serve our Meeting in this capacity. The following advices have been prepared for this position within our Meeting:

"Dearly Beloved Friends, these things we do not lay upon you as a rule or form to walk by, but that all with the measure of Light which is pure and holy may be guided, and so in the Light walking and abiding these may be fulfilled in the Spirit—not from the letter, for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life." Postscript to an epistle from the Meeting of Elders at Balby, Yorkshire, 1656

Sections of text herein are drawn from both Queries and Advices, Faith and Practice, PYM, 2002, as well as H. Brinton, Friends for 350 Years and P. Loring, Spiritual Discernment.

Third Haven Friends Monthly Meeting is a member of Southern Quarterly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends General Conference of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Meetings for Worship: Sundays 10:00AM, Wednesdays 5:30PM; (Childcare available on Sundays.)

Meetings for Worship with Attention to Business: 2nd Sunday of the Month following Meeting for Worship (except for the months of July and August)

Contact: 405 S. Washington St., Easton, MD 21601; (410) 822-0293; 3rdhaven@gmail.com; Find Us on Facebook; Clerk Molly Burgoyne Brian


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