Annual Atlantic Friends Gathering
May 15 to 18, 2009
See photos from 2003, 2004 (Camp Geddie!), 2005, 2006, 2007 (Camp Geddie!) and 2008 AFG's
Come and join new and old Friends for the rejuvenation
of spirits and friendships
Seeking -- Youth Leader / Coordinator -- click to see the notice for this position or contact Penni, Linda or Mel (contact details below)
Following on last year’s theme “What is my relationship to Christianity?” our theme this year is “What does God mean to me?” To some, God has a traditional image acquired from traditional religion – mainstream churches’ definition of God from childhood. However, many of us struggle with this and find it hard to use the term. Some of us try to find new ways of experiencing and communicating what God means. How do we find “that of God” in ourselves and others? In order to communicate our understanding of “God” as Quakers, what do we need to express ourselves and have a relationship with that entity?
As with previous AFG's there are no compulsory activities. The healing atmosphere of being in a welcome nature retreat offers an opportunity to open ourselves up to whatever we feel leads us, and to make this, a weekend of renewal of our individual and our group spirit.
This is a weekend for fun and enjoyment for individuals of all ages.
The Young Folks Program will also feature plenty of scope for intergenerational activity. We are seeking a Youth leader/coordinator for our Young Folks Program – this is a paid position – if you know of someone who would fit the bill please contact Penni, Mel or Linda (email and telephone numbers below) or click to see the notice for this position.
Cost: $55 per adult for the weekend, or $25 per night, or $15 per day (for those not staying overnight). If you pre-register, you save $5 from the weekend cost (you can still pay on-site). Children and Teenagers are free! Anyone who cannot afford these fees may pay less or nothing. Anyone who can pay more is asked to donate towards costs for those who cannot. Check with you local Meeting re travel subsidies. In the AFG Budget we have a modest surplus and can assist the needy with travel and other costs, so that those who wish to attend are not prevented from doing so because of financial concerns.
On Friday evening you can arrive any time after 5:00 pm. We will have a pot of soup on.
! Details on programme schedule will announced soon !
Readings: We are asking people to consider bringing a short reading to AFG that reflects a deeply held belief or concern of yours. We hope to create multiple opportunites for people to get together in worship-sharing or discussions about the readings and ideas that Friends bring.
Toiletries: soap, towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
Scent Free: Please do your utmost to make this a Scent Free event. Avoid wearing or bringing scented products -- such as soaps shampoos, lotions, creams or gels – as well as other personal care products and scents and perfumes. Use Scent Free laundry soap and softeners. The camp is also a Smoke-Free and Alcohol-Free zone.
Sleeping stuff: Sleeping bag, blankets, pillow. Remember that while the rooms in the lodge are heated, the cabins can get really cold at night, and you have to bring all of the items necessary to keep yourself warm. Mattresses only are provided in the rooms and the cabins.
Food: Food will be potluck. So please bring food items. Casseroles would be helpful. Also, as you gather your food together ensure that simplicity of preparation is a consideration. The committee will provide stables such as milk, butter, tea, coffee, etc. We will need to bring the rest.
Clothing: Remember that while during the daytime it can be quite warm, the evenings are still brisk. So a range of clothing options may be needed, from t-shirts to mittens/sweaters. Rubber boots and raingear may also help you.
Other Misc: Fly repellent, sunscreen, flashlight, batteries, musical instruments, canoes, kayaks, and swimming suits for the extremely brave. Your ability to have fun, humor!
Pets: If you need to bring a pet please talk with Mel Earley, the registration Friend, well in advance of the gathering. Our aim is to ensure the interests of all creatures are respected without conflict.
Registration: Please try to let us know if you are coming. It makes the organizers' work much simpler This is particularly important if you are bringing children, as we need to know what ages to plan for, and what materials to prepare. Click here to register online. Alternatively, a phone call, an email or just plain old snail mail will be sufficient. We need to know names, ages of children, preferred type of accommodation, # of nights you plan to be there, and we might be able to help connect rides together for car-pooling, although check within your own Meeting first. Please or call him at 902-455-6222 or write to 2770 William Hunt Ave Halifax NS B3L 3V1. BOOK NOW PAY LATER!
Info last updated: 2009-02-22 3:53 PM
See photos from 2003, 2004
(Camp Geddie!), 2005, 2006, 2007 (Camp Geddie!) and 2008 AFG's