Resources for Post-COVID Meetings for Worship
These are the objectives that FMSA adopted at its May business meeting.
We hope to attain as many of them as possible.
Please read the following documents before the
Called Meeting for Business on July 18th
to discuss proposals for reopening
- Report of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Reopening (approved by Ministry and Oversight on July 7, 2021)
- Results of the Survey of FMSA Members & Attenders
You are also welcome to view our survey form: Survey Form (PDF)
These links provide detailed advice about the issues we will face
in deciding how to meet together after the COVID pandemic fades.
July 6th, 2021: Ed Yong’s “Three Simple Rules that Underscore the Danger of Delta”
1) General Advice:
Quakers in Britain:
Coronavirus Advice for Quaker Meetings
How Do We Plan for Post-Pandemic Meetings for Worship?
A Worksheet by Bruce Reyes-Chow
2) About Hybrid Meetings for Worship:
From Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Feb 10, 2021:
“About Hybrid Meetings: How They Work”
“The Future of Worship” retreat/seminar about models of hybrid worship among Friends. Scheduled for May 7th-9th, 2021.
3) About Reopening:
From Friends General Conference, May 28, 2020 [just a BIT premature]:
“Advices & Queries for Possibly Reopening Your Meetinghouse or Church“
Links to 3 Short Videos about Opening Up Meeting for Worship — from Quakers in Britain
a) Opening Up Where We Are: How do We Open Up and Keep the Good Stuff?
b) Opening Up the Meetingplace: Practicalities
c) The Way Forward and Worshipping Together
4) Meeting Documents
Considerations about Resuming (written in June, 2020; though the COVID spread is now lower, the document is still relevant its treatment of the issues)
Notes from the April 18th 2021 Threshing Meeting (on the issues we will need to address in order to resume meeting in the Meetinghouse)
Ministry and Oversight discerned the following list of objectives that Friends voiced at this Threshing Meeting. They may or may not be in conflict with each other.