Opening Exercises is a prologue to
Meeting for Worship. Topics have been wide ranging, touching on many
aspects of our spiritual journeys. Examples of past programs
- an inspirational story or poem
or other art form
- recounting a social justice
- sacred music
- witness to a Quaker testimony or
query in our family, work life or avocations
- explanation of an aspect of
- information about a Friends
Opening Exercises begins the process of bringing us together in the
Light. The spiritually enriching or thought-provoking messages often
resurface in Meeting for Worship or stimulate subsequent discussion
LEADING AN OPENING EXERCISE
Any member or attender can lead Opening Exercises. A sign-up sheet
is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Schoolhouse. Some of the best
Opening Exercises have featured audience participation or a visual
or auditory element, and recognize our inter-generational community.
Humor is always a plus.
—scheduled for 20 minutes and starting at 10:00 A.M.:
with a hymn to draw people into the room to settle in.
It may reflect the theme.)
— 10:20 A.M.
(Remind Friends that we only have 5 minutes or so for these, so
please don't use more time than you need)
Invitation to newcomers or
visitors to introduce themselves
— 10:25 A.M.
(If time permits.)
adjourn to Meeting for Worship
(Encourage Friends to carry the moment of silence as we
adjourn to our 10:30 Meeting for Worship.
Each month, a different member of the Worship & Ministry Committee
is the point person for Opening Exercises (noted on the sign-up
sheet), available to assist with:
Preparations - if needed,
arrange for a pianist or projector, or serve as a sounding board
to help organize thoughts for the presentation.
Google Group Announcement - email a brief description of
the topic and encourage Friends to attend
Set-up - distribute
hymnals, shepherd those in the hallway into their seats
Go to our Meeting Calendar to see the schedule
and details of
upcoming Opening Exercises.
Summaries of some
interesting Opening Exercises:
of the Spirit
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