We feel that the spirit is prospering well among us at this time. We remain a small group, a core group of about ten to twelve adults, but are blessed with several members and attenders who have been together for several years. Our meeting is composed of people of differing backgrounds and educational levels and ages. We welcome visitors and greet them warmly and are accepting of everyone’s expressions of worship. Individuals do not feel judged for their various beliefs of theism or non-theism, but feel that their varied viewpoints are valued. We accomplish this by listening to individuals as they share their thoughts and by giving everyone a chance to speak. However, some of us questioned exactly what you meant by “nurturing the ministry”, wondering which aspect of ministry you were referring to. Some would like to see more visitors, families, and men, as we are a group that is predominately women. Continue reading
Some of our members who have been in active attendance for several years are feeling that our meeting for worship generally has a deep sense of community involvement. Even when there are newcomers or guests present we feel a strong feeling of the presence of the Spirit. Many of us have overcome our initial resistance to speaking our leadings aloud, but we are not uncomfortable with the frequent happening of silence through the entire Meeting for Worship. We have one attender who will at times quietly sing a song or hymn. We continue to read the query after about ten minutes of silence, when the children, if any are present, then go to First Day School. Also, about ten minutes prior to rise of the meeting the clerk asks if there are any joys or concerns to express, or thoughts that did not quite reach ministry. People who otherwise are usually silent often speak at this time. Continue reading
1. Spiritual Condition
Although there is very little spoken ministry during a Floyd Friends Meeting for Worship, we feel the evidence of a sound spiritual condition is apparent. We have members and attenders who regularly attend Meeting for Worship, Meeting for Worship for Business, our monthly Adult Discussion groups, and who contribute time and effort in maintaining our building and property. We are a welcoming Meeting and during the year had a number of first time attenders come to Meeting for Worship. Continue reading
1. Spiritual Condition
A joyful occasion in the Spiritual life of the Floyd Friends Meeting this past year was the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the completion of the Meeting House. Guests from Maury River, Blacksburg, and Roanoke Meetings and others who helped with the building work were invited to join us for Meeting for Worship and lunch on 17 September. We’ve begun compiling a notebook of informational material about the Floyd Friends’ Meeting policies, philosophies, and activities which pertain to our particular Meeting. We also have updated our “Getting to know us better” brochure which we give to people who are interested in our Quaker practice and to welcome people who wish to worship with us.