This year, the Power Quakers have been a bit disorganized, more concerned with fixing up the new meetinghouse and moving than with content. We agreed we need to have a more structured way of going forward for next year. We began our discussion about this on Sunday, and will be gathering ideas from all the Power Quakers who were not present at that meeting before making a final determination.
The ideas we discussed are below. One other idea for adding more structure to our meetings is for the Meeting to buy a First Day School set of lessons for us to use. The Power Qs present on Sunday preferred the idea of a structured series of discussion topics.
Bringing more structure to the Power Quaker meetings
The Power Quakers present at Sunday’s meeting would like to follow the format below for the coming year. Please note that this is a proposal and has not been discussed by the entire Power Quaker group.
Each Power Quaker to choose a serious topic for discussion and lead that discussion.
The topics would be chosen at the beginning of the First Day year in the fall.
If the Power Quaker responsible for the upcoming discussion cannot be present, s/he would ask another Power Quaker to step forward.
Every 4th meeting, we would have a more spontaneous discussion. Each person present would put a discussion topic into a bowl and we would pull one to be the topic of the day. ITts not yet clear who would lead that discussion; this might the the adult presence, but that has not been determined.
We would still continue to have “off” Sundays where Power Quakers would not meet and where an adult presence would be needed.
If there is a 5th Sunday in a given month, this would be a “pot luck” meeting and we would bring snacks and have social time together.
Things the Power Quakers might incorporate into their First Day room
Painting [we would do our own painting]:
Painting each wall a different pastel color
Painting each wall in more than one color, one color gradually fading into the other for a sort of “rainbow” effect
Painting most walls in a pastel color, but having one wall be in a bolder color
Painting the walls white or off-white and adding color and interest in other ways
Having a “graffiti wall” on the small, north-facing wall.
Having one wall entirely covered in corkboard to make a giant bulletin board
Making T-shirt flags or a wall hanging
Curtains [I would sew these]
Thoughtful sayings stenciled around the tops of the walls
Large pieces of paper [newsprint or art paper] for jotting down pithy sayings that come up. These would be typed up every so often so all could have copies and a new paper would be posted.
Tissue-paper stained glass on the lower window panels
Prisms hanging in the windows to create rainbows
A book case with a lending library
A table [not clear what sort of table]
An end table with a lamp