Accessibility Project Getting Underway!

We have our building permit in for review and are continuing our fundraising for the last $30,000 needed to reach our estimated costs.

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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.

Though the exterior appears as it did in 1812, below ground is a full basement added in 1975 with modern amenities: a kitchen, washrooms, additional meeting rooms and a furnace room.

But the original entrances off the broad veranda are unusable in the winter or inclement weather. Both the meeting room on the upper level and the amenities on the lower lever (washrooms) can only be reached by stairs. Our new plans include an accessibility lift and a barrier free washroom.

We have gathered support from many sources, both local, including municipal, as well are national, from Friends and the federal government. We still need $30,00o to complete this project.

Please consider donating to help us make this significant building accessible to all.


NEWS SHEET: May 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 current book is “Seat of the Soul” by Gary Zukav. New participants are invited. Contact Marie for details.

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

Highlights from Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, April 24:
• Peace, Environment, Social Action Committee (PESAC) presented its updated mandate and report on current activities. The mandate will be reviewed at the May Meeting for Business.
• Yonge Street Meeting’s State of Society Report was read – it will now be sent to Half Yearly Meeting and CYM Documents in Advance.
• YSMM Retreat: we received the notes and the six clustered topics. The full set of notes has been distributed, but contact Barbara if you have not received them. Marilyn, Gini and Jeff are going to plan the first follow up session. Watch for details
• Accessibility Project: The building permits have been submitted and Hawkey is waiting for their approval.
During April, great progress was made in reaching our goal of $319,038
• Canadian Yearly Meeting’s Meeting House Fund is providing a grant of $52,000, with possibility of a loan, if needed.
• A crowdfunding campaign has been started, on “This Place Matters” The goal is to raise $15,000 by June 11. You can help by sharing the website with your friends, and making your own contribution.
• With new donations, the total, as of April 24, is $291,253
• Help close the gap of $27,785. This is do-able!!!
• Donations can be sent through e-transfer to or by cheque, made out to “Yonge Street Monthly Meeting” and mailed to the address, below.

May 15: Pot Luck Lunch: after Meeting for Worship. Everyone is welcome – bring your favourite lunch dish to share, or just yourself. Everyone is welcome to stay

June 3 – 5 Yonge Street Half Yearly Meeting at Camp NeeKauNis. The registration package is now available. The theme is “Truth and Reconciliation Process: From Inquiry to Testimony and Action.” Jenn Preston is the presenter. There is a children’s program concurrent with the adult program. Early registrations are due by May 8; final registrations due May 22. Friends can attend for all or part of the weekend.

June 11: Granaurora Tea and more. Fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Grandmothers Campaign in Africa. Tea, plus crafts, jewellery toys and prizes. 2:00 – 4:00 PM at St. Andrew’s Church, 32 Mosley St., Aurora. $25.00 for tickets, contact Kate at 905-726-4125, Pat at 905-830-4975 or

August 5 – 13: Canadian Yearly Meeting in Session at Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, in Camrose. Watch for the registration information, to arrive this month, along with the new issue of Canadian Friend.

Other news: July 3 – 9 Friends General Conference: (FGC) Gathering
Theme: Be Humble, Be Faithful, Be BOLD Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota. For details, see

For an electronic copy of any of the materials mentioned, above, please 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.

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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.