North Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends (QUAKERS)

Thoughts for Visitors and Visited - Introduction

Thoughts for

VISITORS AND VISITED

in North Pacific Yearly Meeting

North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM) encourages intervisitation among Friends across the broad expanse of our yearly meeting. We have put together a few pages which may be helpful to those con­sidering visiting or hosting. A major resource for visitation is the NPYM Directory, the list of meetings and worship groups in NPYM which is revised and distributed to each meeting and wor­ship group annually by the Yearly Meeting Secretary. The list includes the location of meet­ing houses, the times and places of worship, and the contact information for clerks and contact people. Each quarterly meeting also maintains a list of isolated Friends who live far from any meet­ing or worship group. This list should be available in the Directory or from the Outreach & Visitation Committee. Together, these lists give the necessary infor­mation for taking the first step in visitation – the location of people and meetings which can be visited, and whom to contact.

The Outreach & Visitation Committee endorses a wide range of visits: group or indi­vidual, planned or unplanned, formal or informal. Since we are a widely scattered yearly meeting, we value all connecting links. Most of our meetings and worship groups have many members new to Friends. Both new and experienced Friends benefit from interac­tion and personal sharing.