Accessibility Project Now Complete!

IMG_1426Thanks to the generous donations of many F/friends, federal grants, the Samuel Rogers Memorial Trust and Canadian Yearly Meeting we have been able to raise all the funds needed to complete the accessibility project. It is looking good and has been already well used!

This 1812 Quaker meeting house is a historic place of worship on Yonge Street in Newmarket, Ontario. While the rapidly growing community develops around us, our meeting house appears as it did in 1812, and remains an oasis of tranquility and reflection. The meeting house is a place of worship and the active centre of community life. The building hosts a range of Quaker activities as well as programs for the broader community.

Since completion we are seeing the lift used most weeks.

Thank you for all your help in making this much needed improvement a reality.

Layla Claire Concert

What joy we experienced on Sunday October 16 when those of us attended the intimate recital by one of the world’s premiere sopranos, Layla Claire who was accompanied on piano by Michael Shannon.

The 1812 Quaker Meeting House, still an active place of worship for the Yonge Street Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is also a significant historic asset for the Town of Newmarket, and for Canada.

This old Meeting House has required expensive updates to become accessible. The building now has an elevator, accessible washroom and other amenities. Costs of these improvements have been substantial for the Meeting House members, who are gathering support from many sources

One such source has been the generous donation of Layla Claire’s time and talent to provide a fund-raising recital of songs from her most recent recording. Coming from a long ancestral line of Quakers, Layla sang to help raise money as a great-granddaughter of the community. With accompaniment by pianist Michael Shannon, who joined us from the Canadian Opera Company, the event was one of the most intimate classical performances possible.


Yonge Street Monthly Meeting
NEWS SHEET: November 2016

MEETING FOR WORSHIP: Sundays at 10:30 AM
All are welcome…. Bring your friends

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

Tuesday Daytime Worship Sharing: The group is currently reading “Seat of the Soul” by Gary Zukav. They meet at 1:00 – contact Marie for more information.

Mid-Week Meeting for Worship: held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM. All are welcome.

January 22: Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business: Please forward Nov.agenda items to Marilyn

Meeting Workshop on Saturday February 4 with the topic of “Triggers”. Contact Marilyn, Christine or Richard for more information and to say you are coming.

Highlights from October 23 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
• Recital Results: Oct. 23 was a wonderful day, enjoyed by 134 attendees. We expressed deep appreciation of Layla Claire’s singing and Michael Shannon’s accompaniment, plus the work of so many people who made the day a great success.
• Accessibility Project:
The lift is operational, and was well-used on the day of the Recital. Fundraising has almost covered the costs of the project, but donations toward the Meeting’s regular operating budget are always needed.
• YSMM Retreat: Moving Forward: postponed to the new year, due to the many activities this fall.
• Corporate Discernment: we re-affirmed our commitment to Quaker processes for discernment and corporate decision-making. Ministry and Counsel is asked to continue to share resources for building our spiritual community.
• YSMM Signage: The Pride symbol has been removed, but no further consideration of a permanent sign will be done until the construction on Yonge Street is completed.
• PESAC: reported on Helping hands, action to respond to the TRC report, and a future presentation by CFSC on Synthetic Biology
• Nominations: several new appointments were approved. Please note: Robin Matheson has been named as the new Newssheet editor, after this issue. Please send Robin future announcements for the newssheet.

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.

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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.