Atlantic Friends Gathering
“FOOD: SECURITY, SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT!”
hosted on Zoom
Friday evening, May 21 – Sunday evening, May 23
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 12
Dear Friends: Welcome to our first Virtual Atlantic Friends Gathering! Come and join us to worship together, hear presenters, partake in the children’s program and more! The AFG weekend Program will be hosted on Zoom (Schedule). (Hyperlink – see page 2.
AFG 2021 is a unique experiment! It will be quite different from our usual in-person Gathering at Camp Geddie. And you all know why – COVID is the culprit. Nonetheless, we have done our best to preserve as much as possible the key elements of AFG at Camp Geddie, while unfortunately foregoing the communal meals, beach walks, ball games, watching the sunset, and especially the Friendly hugs.
So we ask you to be patient and supportive of our efforts to deliver a program that attempts to provide as much as possible the programming we would have offered at Camp Geddie, but in a quite different format hosted online with Zoom.
We have scheduled activities to not overlap, and there is time out for meals and breaks. But still, few Friends will be able to sit at their computer to attend every single activity. So AFG 2021 will offer access for registrants to come and go as they so choose throughout the weekend by using a single Zoom link, emailed to participants in advance. The Registration Fee covers the whole weekend.
The technical set-up has been designed to make it as easy as possible for all Friends to participate, whatever their level of abilities with video-conferencing.
To participate on Zoom, registrants need to open an account in advance. This account is free. Go to https://zoom.us and click on “Sign up – it’s free!”
Coordinator: Nancy Turniawan has prepared a list of supplies and materials needed for children to take part in activities. At AFG, she will demonstrate each project, then children can work on it in their own time, and share at the Sunday “Show and Tell”. Please note that families are asked to collect items a week or two prior to the gathering and also to take a trip to a farmer’s market if possible. See program details here.
TEENS/YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
A teens program will be run by Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting (CYFYM). Details will be emailed to teens and young adults upon sign up. Teens are also welcome to join the children’s program.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG)
“Making the Quaker faith available to seekers,” a Panel – Q &A with Marilyn Manzer (Clerk, CYM), Ellen Helmuth (Clerk, Atlantic HYM) and Gloria Thompson (FWCC Northeast Regional Clerk and Co-Clerk Representative Engagement Program Group (REPG). See full schedule.
MEETING FOR READING
Bring a short reading to share with others or just come to listen.
Share your musical talents, come and sing along, or just come to listen.
This is different from anything we have done previously. Advance registration is required. This is particularly important if children will participate (names and ages). We will do our best to address all needs that you advise us of. If you are unable to use the form, please phone or email the Registrar (see below for contact information).
We will offer an advance opportunity for registrants to get introduced to features on Zoom on Saturday, May 15 at 2:00 pm ADT, and Wednesday, May 19, at 7:00 pm ADT. On the Registration Form, please indicate which date(s) you would like to attend. Also, throughout the weekend we will have Tech Support Friends on hand to help anyone in need.
AFG 2021 PLANNING COMMITTEE
Jessica Tellez (Clerk)