Quaker Meetinghouse Celebrates 200 Years

The Medford Friends Meetinghouse wears its 200 years well. The sturdy brick building still houses an active group of Quakers who worship, hold classes and cover dish luncheons, provide space for other groups and even host a dance studio. In celebration of the building’s 200th Anniversary, members invite the public to join us on Sunday, June 8 for a day of activities, culminating in an outdoor party featuring music, games, crafts and, of course, ice cream and birthday cake. All events are free, but reservations are requested for lunch. They may be made by emailing Medfordfriendsmeeting.org or by calling 609-654-6485. The Meetinghouse is located at 14 Union Street in Medford Village, New Jersey.

The day will begin with Meeting for Worship at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to attend. Medford is an unprogrammed meeting, with members sitting in silence unless someone is moved to give a message.

Michael Birkel, PhD will speak at 11:30 a.m. His topic is Rooted in the Past, Working Towards the Future. Birkel is a professor of religion at Earlham College, a Quaker institution in Richmond, Indiana. He had authored several books and numerous papers on Quakerism, Biblical studies and spiritualism.

Following a simple salad and sandwich lunch, Quaker folksinger Marti Rogers will perform in the Meetinghouse. Accompanying herself on the guitar, the Appalachian lap dulcimer, or the Autoharp, Rogers will sing a wide variety of songs in the folk genre from traditional to contemporary including some of her own compositions. In her strong, clear voice, she’ll take us back to simpler times when people sat on back porches or around the hearth making their own music.

The party begins outdoors at 2:00 p.m. with jazz music by the Gambone Project, games led by the staff of Camp Dark Waters, and a mural-painting project staffed by the Meeting’s Sunday school teachers. Attenders may also make rubbings of the historic gravestones in the next-door graveyard. Exhibits on the Meeting’s history and peace and social concerns projects will be located in the east side of the Meetinghouse, along with a Quaker Bookstore.

Ice cream and cake will be served al fresco throughout the afternoon. An official birthday cake will be supplemented with home-made cakes of many varieties made by Meeting members, offering numerous delicious choices.

This is a rain or shine event. In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside or under the big tent in the yard. Parking is free and is available on Union Street or in the Meetinghouse side yard.

For more information call 609-654-6485 or visit the website, www.medfordfriendsmeeting.org

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