Vassalboro Quarter Fall Gathering Weekend
Friday through Sunday, September 7-9, 2018
The Vassalboro Quarter Fall Gathering weekend at Friends Camp will be a wonderful opportunity to have time with Friends from around Maine to share our actions, what inspires us and where we are stuck!
60 minute breakouts: Here are a few samples:
- The Power of Enough: a continuation of discussion from Living Faith Spring retreat
- Poor People’s Campaign/White privilege discussion, [check out Rev. Dr. William J Barber’s Address to the 2018 Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering – America Must Have a Moral Revival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7u6BTyLqy8 ]
- Global Day of Action for Climate Justice: review of a workshop offered at NEYM Sessions. Learn to use a Carbon Calculator to gauge your individual or Monthly Meeting carbon footprint (bring your computer so you can do it at Fall Gathering!)
- Universal Health Care and Active Hope
- Art as a form of spiritual expression
There will be 60 minute gatherings Friday evening and Saturday morning, with more spontaneous sharing/break outs welcomed for Saturday morning and afternoon. The preliminary schedule is below. If anyone would like to offer a 45-60 min workshop, they can contact the Fall Gathering committee below or sign up on Friday night.
Pre-registration by August 31st is appreciated to allow for meal planning and any child programing that is needed. To sign up, please go to this link: (copy and paste it in your search).
Pre-register at: https://goo.gl/forms/ec5KQVfXsTrLpoMe2
Spread the word in your meeting’s newsletters or correspondence by forwarding this or copying. Be sure everyone has the link.
Walk-ins are always welcome! Register when you arrive or at the next meal. Come for one day or stay for the full weekend.
If someone doesn’t have internet access to pre-register, or is having any problems with pre-registering, they can call the registrar, Stephen Assante, at 207-649-0619 and leave a message or email at email@example.com.
Youth of all ages are welcome and there is no fee for children or for parents/guardians bringing children. The VQM subsidizes all children under 18 yo.
Young Adult Friends are also meeting with us for the second year.
Their programing and Vassalboro Quarterly Friends program will be overlapping as-led! We will be gathering together Friday starting with supper. YAF should use the same link to pre-register.
Housing: There are cabins with bunkbeds, tenting areas and a few handicapped accessible cabins with a bathroom. The latter are limited and usually reserved for those who indicate at pre-registration that they need one. If you would like hospitality off campus with a local Friend, please contact Joann Austin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals: All vegetarian: please let us know at pre registration about any special dietary needs.
Cost of the weekend:
Due to the generous support of Friends in the Vassalboro Quarter, this gathering is pay-as-led for participants – and children are free, as are. Please do not let cost get in the way your attendance but feel free to donate as led and able. Payment is due at registration when you arrive at Friends Camp. 0-17years: free.18-35 years: $0-$50. All parents and adults bringing children: $0-$50. All adults over 35: $0 – $100. Please indicate your total amount that you are able to contribute.
Common questions about costs: Friends Camp charges VQM based on the number of adults and children who eat each meal, stay over each night (regardless of whether they camp, use a cabin or trailer), or attend for just part of a day. Those who attend may make a contribution based on what their charges would be or what they think they can afford. This is called Pay-as-Led.
Here are costs to VQM: Meals are around $10, day rate is $7, and day with an overnight is $14. So one adult staying for the entire weekend including overnight would be 6 meals and 2 overnights or $88.
Hope to see you there!
Vassalboro Quarter Fall Gathering Weekend &
Link to the Pre-registration: https://goo.gl/forms/ec5KQVfXsTrLpoMe2
4:30–6 (VQM) Ministry & Counsel Meeting
7:00–8 VQM and YAF: Gathering of Friends in Gratitude
8:00-9 Separate VQM and *YAF activity
7:30–8:30 Breakfast—Grace at end of meal
8:45–9:30 *Program—Introduction—Centering Worship Sharing
9:45–10:45 *Small Group Session
11–12 *Small Group Session
1:30–3 VQM *Business Meeting
3:15–4:30 *Small Group Session
4:30–6 Free Time
7:30–8:30 *VQM and YAFs Sharing with music, singing and dance.
YAFs and others may plan to continue longer.
8:45–9:45 *Worship Sharing/Reflections on our weekend
10–11 *Meeting for Worship
12:45 PM Camp Clean-up and goodbyes!
*held in the Aviary at the top of the hill or in multiple other locations