Projects & Events
Some of our latest news features top of the page, along with some of our recent and current meeting projects + events are featured here.
Individual Friends have also written up reports from courses, study events or trips they have undertaken.
Some highlights of 2019
DSEI Arms Fair Rally Tues 3rd September 2019
13 Friends from Horsham joined other Quakers from West Weald Area Meeting and across the country to Worship and bear witness to the bi-annual Arms trade fair at Excel centre in London. 3rd Sept is the day when many faith groups will also gather to peacefully express their objection to this world wide sale of weapons, hosted by the UK Government. It was a moving & exhilarating day of peace resistance, with tuneful yet defiant singing as people were arrested for obstruction. A great example of Area meeting faith in action!
Roots of Resistance resistance.org.uk
At the DLR about to join the gathering at Excel.
Our pink tee shirts made quite a statement!
Sustainability Project 2019
Our Sustainability tree on display in the meeting house
With Sustainability as a fundamental Quaker testimony, Horsham meeting has started its very own Eco church style project to look at our carbon foot print as a meeting and as individuals. Our young people's meeting has led the way in creating a large "tree" poster for Friends to add their own top tip "footprints" and Horsham Meeting House to add its eco achievement "leaves". We are also tracking the building energy use over several years and recording our personal modes of transport to meeting for worship.
Though the project has started this year, we plan to continue for many more. It is designed to fulfil many functions. Firstly, we want to celebrate what we have already achieved as a meeting in making the building as eco-friendly as we can. Measures (represented by the leaves) include:
Electricity & Gas with Good Energy (100% renewable fuel)
Secondary glazing to front windows
Insulation to roof space
Installation of cycle stands outside the meeting house
As Individuals, we have also tried to make our lives more sustainable & recognise there is always more to do! Our "top tips" represented on the footprints share ideas to inspire each other and members of the public using the building who see the tree on display
Pilgrimage to "1652" Country
- Quaker History trip
In Sept 2018, Many of us took a trip up to Cumbria (better known to Quakers as 1652 country in honour of George Fox's founding of the Quaker Faith) to discover more about our Quaker history... and each other.! We stayed in Swarthmoor Hall on the edge of Ulverstone where Margaret Fell had her family home, and where George Fox came to stay. The rest as they say is history....
Some reflections & photos from the trip are shared here.
(A poem by Maggie Weir Wilson)
Friday, late August, twelve members
and attenders of Horsham Meeting
set out by car and train seeking
1652 country, Lancaster,
Swarthmoor, and Fox’s revelations
Silence falls thickly all around us
on stone floors and carved chairs,
we feel the presence of Fox and Fell
lived in this room, this house,
the danger and drama of those days
At Brigflatts we hear about Fox’s vision
while sunshine strains through leaded windows...
Experiment with Light
Horsham Light Meditation group meets once a month at the meeting house. It comprised 4-5 Friends and is not a drop in group.
About Experiment with Light Practice:
Experiment with Light (EWL) is a Quaker practice which is based on early Friends' discoveries. It was devised in 1996 by Quaker and theologian Rex Ambler, following his study of early Friends' writings.
At the core of the practice is a meditation that guides Experimenters through the following steps:
Mind the Light (pay attention to what's going on inside you, particularly where there's something that makes you feel uncomfortable)
Open your heart to the truth (don't run away from anything that's difficult or that you don't want to face, but keep a little distance from it: 'be still and cool in thy mind')
Wait in the Light (be patient, let the Light show you what is really going on, ask questions if what is offered to you isn't clear or you want to know more, and wait for the answers to come, don't try to explain)
Submit (accept and welcome the information or images, and the insights, dreams and perceptions that may come later, and allow them to show the truth)