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Children's Religious Education

First Day School is held concurrent with Meeting for Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.  The children are divided into two age groups: Explorers (ages 8 and older) Wonderers (ages 3-7)  Childcare is provided for children too young to participate in the programs.

Apr 20 Explorers: Godly Play - Faces of Easter part 2
            Wonderers: Godly Play - Storybook
Apr 27 Explorers: Silence and its uses
            Wonderers: Godly Play - Parable of the Leaven
May 4 Explorers: Presentation on other
                  faiths/spiritual groups
            Wonderers: Godly Play - Parable of the Pearl

May 11 Explorers: Jr. Meeting for Worship
            Wonderers: Storybook - Friendship



The Light Within

Making use of the new Pendle Hill pamphlet The Light Within: Then and Now, the Adult Religious Education will explore the concept and our understandings of the Light Within.  The Adult Religous Education program meets before Meeting for Worship at  9:00 a.m. on Sundays.

Apr 20: Contemporary Understandings of the Light pt.,
                 pp. 25-28



The Quaker Vision of Gospel Order

Making use of a chapter from Lloyd Lee Wilson’s Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order, the Adult Religious Education will explore the concept and our understandings of Gospel Order. The Adult Religious Education program meets before Meeting for Worship at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays.

April 27:  The concept of Gospel Order
May 4: Quaker understanding of Gospel Order
May 11: Distinctive Quaker beliefs on Gospel Order
May 18: Contemporary views on Gospel Order


ILYM Women’s Weekend

Online Program Information and Online Registration is now available, as well as a PDF brochure to download (380K PDF).

The theme of this year’s ILYM Women’s Weekend is “Sharing Our Stories, Reveling in Joy.” It will be held April 25-27, 2014 at the ILYM meetinghouse in McNabb, Illinois.

After women's weekend last year, participants expressed a desire for joyful revelry, free time, and fellowship with one another. As a result, Madelyn Hjertmann  (formerly George) will attempt to facilitate several sessions that will give attenders an opportunity to exchange stories and lessons  from their lives, to experiment with laughter,  to learn each others' most extraordinary secrets, and to nurture the connections that make us feel more playful and alive.


ILYM Semi-Annual Workday

It is enjoyable to work with Friends as we join together in maintaining the 12 acre ILYM campus. People with any skill level are welcome to join in and come to the next Semi-Annual Workday.   The workday is scheduled for Saturday, May 17,  9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with clean up and dinner at 6:00 p.m.  Attenders are welcome to arrive Friday night and to stay Saturday night to enjoy First Day Meeting for Worship at the Clear Creek House (11:00 a.m.). Work that still needs to be finished up will be done before Meeting for Worship.

Projects will include pruning, cleaning, tree cutting, and finishing the painting of the cabins.  Additional projects may include sprucing up and painting the men’s campground bathroom, doing after-grading work on the foot path between the Meetinghouse and the Clear Creek  House, and cleaning out the lean-to on the east end of the barn.

Food: Please bring a dish to share for Saturday lunch. Dinner will provided Saturday night.  Help in the kitchen will be appreciated.  People spending the night should also bring some items for breakfast as well.

Lodging: Tents, cabins, and rooms in Clear Creek House. Advance registration is recommended for cabins or rooms.

Child care: Child care will be available on Saturday.  Help providing childcare will be appreciated.

To help plan lodging, meals, and child care, please contact with the following information:

1. The number of people coming with you.
2. The names and ages of any children who will need child care Saturday.
3. If you plan to camp, need a cabin or need a room a Clear Creek house.
4. Which meals you will be present at.
5. If any of your party is vegetarian, vegan, or has other dietary needs.
6. If are you are offering to help with childcare or in the kitchen on Saturday.

Spring Chicagoland Friends Gathering

The Spring Chicagoland Friends Gathering (also known as MCGM, Metropolitan Chicago General Meeting) will be Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  at Chicago Friends Meeting (10749 S. Artesian Av. in southwest Chicago, one block west of Western Ave).  Lunch will be potluck. 

This annual business meeting marks the end of a two-year experiment to determine the purpose and practice of the regional gathering.  The leaders of the gathering—Pam Wolfe (clerk), Diane Saper (recording clerk) and Margaret Nelson and Bonnie McKeown of the program steering committee—have all indicated the need to step down from their positions. Friends have continually expressed appreciation for regional fellowship gatherings of Friends, such as the Corn Roast.  Some Friends also welcome featured programs, and opportunities to share what area Quaker organizations and individuals are doing.  Things to explore on May 3 will include how the gatherings have fulfilled the MCGM vision statement;  Are the purposes of the gatherings still valid? Who might take up leadership? How many times per year should gatherings be held?  Further information and a detailed schedule can be found at


FUM Triennial

Registration is now open for Friends United Meeting Triennial, being held June 11-15, 2014 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.  The theme for the 2014 triennial is “Great People to Be Gathered, in Christ in Community, for Mission. Registation and further information.

FGC Gathering

Registration is now open for Friends General Conference, being held June 29-July 5, 2014 at CULA, south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The theme for the 2014 gathering is “Let Love Be the First Motion. Registation and further information.

Gathering of Quaker Mystics

The second gathering of Quaker mystics will be held at Earlham College June 6 – 10, 2014. This time  together is perhaps best described as a retreat—a time to come together to support each other’s spiritual lives, build community among Friends and discern how those who are gathered might better serve God’s purposes. Persons from across the broad spectrum of the Religious Society of Friends have been invited to attend.

“It is our observation that the foundation of Quaker organizations rests in God’s hands. While we have different orientations and motions, when in the presence of the One, we connect with each other better. Differences fade while acceptance and love grow. What is important  when we join together in this deep place is not a person’s role or title, but whether they desire to join with others  and spend several days sitting at the Lord's feet .”  Gathering Conveners.

Growing out of a message heard at last year gathering that presented the call to "name the spiritual condition of the world." The gathering will be focused on  the call to come together to examine individual and community spiritual conditions.  The first two days of the gathering will provide Friends an opportunity to share with each other about their own spiritual condition in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance. Those who stay for the last two days will join together in an effort to more explicitly seek God’s guidance. Through worship and worship sharing those gathered will attempt to name the spiritual condition of our religious community.

Registration form and additionalis available for downloading at A detailed account of the first gathering also can be found at this address. More information about the leading being followed can be found on the blog



Fall Among Friends

The most recent issue of ILYM Among Friends is available both in print in the dining room and on the ILYM website.





April Western Work

The latest issue of Western Yearly Meeting’s newsletter (600KM PDF). It includes news about things happening around the yearly meeting as well in the wider Quaker world.




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