NEWS SHEET:  January 2016

Address:  17030 Yonge Street, Newmarket, ON


MEETING FOR WORSHIP:  Sundays  at 10:30 AM

All are welcome.

First Day School is available on request during Meeting for Worship every Sunday. Contact Sherita.

Tuesday Daytime Worship Sharing, 1:00 PM The group is reading and discussing “Aging as a Spiritual Practice,” by Lewis Richmond.   New participants are invited. Contact Marie.

Mid-Week Meeting: held weekly at 7:30 PM.  All are welcome.

January 24:  Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business:

In addition to regular items, such as committee nominations, reports from Ministry and Counsel and House and Premises, other items on the agenda include

  • Helping Hands Project (also known as the Backpack Project)
  • Accessibility Project Update
  • Friends involvement in refugee sponsorship
  • A new item – discernment about the annual Canadian Yearly Meeting Gathering.

January 29:  Inn from the Cold. Volunteers are invited to participate in meal preparation and serving on Friday afternoon and early evening.  Contact Bert if you want to join the team

January 31: Chili Lunch Provided by Susan and Gladys.  Friends are invited to share this time for food and fellowship, after Meeting for Worship.  Donations will  benefit the Accessibility Project.

Other news:

Congratulations to two new babies and their parents: (grandmothers have photos)

- Foxlo Clark McPhail, born to Amber Clark and Ryan McPhail on Nov. 17

- Brieanne Chwojka Smith, born to Rob Smith and Mel Chwojka on Jan 4

Tuesday, Feb. 2: Newmarket Interfaith Council plans an evening presentation on Islam at St. John’s Chrysostom Catholic Church, 432 Ontario Street, Newmarket.  Dan has details.

Sunday, March 6: Sandy has an invitation to the Annual Peace Conference organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association, in Vaughan.  It is a “women only event.”  If you are interested in attending, contact Sandy, who is has two seats in her car for the drive to Vaughan.

Camp NeeKauNis has posted the 2016 schedule at

CYM website, is in the process of posting the minutes of fall Representative Meeting and the CYM Nominations Package.  If you do not yet have a password, there are directions on how to obtain one.

Through the Flaming Sword is one of a number of interesting Quaker resources on the web.  Ministry and Counsel recommends Check out, also, Quaker Speak a weekly video published by Friends Journal on YouTube.

To connect with any of the Friends mentioned, above, contact

Olive Oil and Peace

Have you enjoyed Zatoun Olive Oil. We sell it at our Meeting House. Here is a video of an interview conducted with Robert Massoud on his peace building project. It is a you tube video. If the link does not work, copy and paste it into your browser.


First Day School is available for children during meeting for worship on Sundays.

yonge st meeting

With gratitude to the Samuel Rogers Memorial Trust for their generous contribution, the meeting house is wearing a new cedar shake roof. With winter bearing down on us we are optimistic that the furry critters have found alternative lodgings and our attic will be quiet again.

The electrical wiring in the attic has been replace with “chew-proof” cable and the meeting house is taking on a spirit of preparedness!

Last spring a severed electrical cable which was caused by the digging of the natural gas line resulted in a power failure.  The sump pump is a real necessity in the spring of the year and the loss of power allowed for major flooding in the lower level of the meeting house.  We are grateful to report that all the repairs have been completed and everything feels secure again.

Archaeologists at Hicksite Cemetery

Archaeologist at Hicksite