Charlottesville Friends Meeting was pleased to be able to take part in the PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) program by providing food, shelter and a friendly welcome to homeless women from the Charlottesville area for a week in November. This is the second year the women have been able to live and eat in our new community room since the addition to our meetinghouse was completed.
The 5th, 6th, and 7th grade First Day School group, The Fells, have been studying early Quakers and their impact on community. They have focused on the hospitality and outreach of Margaret Fell and Lucretia Mott, the travels of John Woolman, the comfort offered by Elizabeth Fry to women and their children in prison, and the brave undertakings of Harriet Tubman and Levi Coffin with the Underground Railroad. Inspired by these historical figures, our young Quakers have baked bread and made soup for potluck, collected trash in the neighborhood, cared for the Sparklers and read them stories, provided gingerbread for business meeting attenders and assisted in collecting canned goods for the Jefferson Area Food Bank. It has been a meaningful six weeks, full of learning and good works.
In February Charlottesville Friends Meeting hosted a three-day session for Playing in the Light — a Godly PlayTraining led by Michael Gibson from FGC and Melinda Bradley from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting . Eight members of CFM and one out of town guest completed the Quaker version of Godly Play Training and are certified to teach the Godly Play and Faith and Play curriculum. CFM Religious Education Committee, teachers, and parents will be considering how to implement this curriculum into our First Day program. Participation in this training not only developed a strong teaching reasource but was also personally enriching.
Our dear friend and longtime member, Carolyn Worrall, died on March 21. She is sadly missed. Her memorial service will be held at the meetinghouse on April 16.