The Grimke Sisters; Quakers Who Made a Difference

On Sunday, January 17, at 10:00 Tim and Kristin Simmons will be leading a discussion on the life and works of Sara and Angelina Grimke as part of our continuing Forum Series, “Quakers Who Have Made a Difference.” The Grimke sisters grew up on a plantation in South Carolina in the early 1800’s, in a slave system they grew to abhor. They moved to Philadelphia and joined the Arch Street Meeting, and they were the first women to speak out in the north against the injustices of slavery from their own first hand experience. They dared to speak out in favor of women’s rights as well.

Children are welcome as this series is a joint project of our First Day School and our adult Meeting. Come and join the discussion.

Construction Begins on New Playground Equipment

Our playground installation has started! The play yard is temporarily off limits until installation is complete. The platforms are unstable until the posts are set in concrete. Sliding boards, ladders, and steps remain to be added. A cushioned surface will go under the play structure. Two benches are planned, as well as installation of the parallel bars. Hopefully everything will be ready in another week or two!

Initial installation of new playground has begun

Community Garden wins First Place!

The Friends Community Garden has taken first place for the community vegetable garden category in the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Delaware County garden contest.

Michele Taylor, one of our FCG committee members, had submitted our garden for this contest on behalf of the FCG committee a few months ago.

In notifying us of our first place, Penn State wrote:

“…you had an amazing use of the space with lots of interesting small plots and vegetable varieties. We applaud all your efforts with the community there.”


The award will be presented at a luncheon Sept. 26.

Thanks to all of our gardeners for helping to make our garden so special. This award goes to everyone who plants, weeds, harvests, mows, cleans up debris, etc. despite record breaking heat and drought conditions.

Our garden is certainly a team effort! Keep up the good work!


Bonnie McMeans

Pat Clark speaks about Truth and Reconciliation

Pat Clark (left) and Lyn Back (right)
Lyn Back (right) introduced Pat Clark (left), who was formerly with American Friends Service Committee, and recently served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine the events around the massacre in Greensboro NC in 1979. She visited Old Haverford on March 8th to give an account of the healing process that resulted from the Commission’s work 25 years after that incident, and to provide some perspective on how we can move forward from where we are, with respect to racism in our communities and our country.

Dec 7th Pendle Hill Retreat “Mindfulness” a success!

On Sunday December 7th, Friends gathered at Pendle Hill, a Quaker conference center in nearby Wallingford, in order to focus on Mindfulness. Our retreat was attended by 41 Friends, approximately a dozen of whom were children. The retreat was facilitated by Gloria Shepard, for the adults, and by Madeline Schaeffer and Marissa Donohue, for the children. We learned techniques for quieting the mind, and for meditation, both sitting and walking. We approached the subject with a “beginner’s mind.” We enjoyed fellowship and lunch served by the wonderfully accommodating Pendle Hill staff. All in all, the day was a valuable experience for all who attended. Late breaking news is that Overseers and Worship & Ministry are planning to have a refresher session probably in April — we’ll keep you posted!

Sept 21: Fall Harvest: Social and Forum

On September 21, please join us at 10:00 for a Fall Forum discussion led by Bruce Livingston, and Ken Snyder, both long time members of the meeting and avid gardeners. Gardening will be the general topic, but the details will be a surprise to us, and possibly to them as well.

After Meeting for Worship, celebrate the end of the summer, the beginning of fall, and the rich bounty from the garden by joining us for our annual harvest luncheon, hosted by Old Haverford Community Gardeners. Share in the delicious feast, catch up with friends, and admire our freshly painted middle room.

Forum is at 10:00, Meeting for Worship is at 11:00, and our harvest feast is at noon. Don’t miss it.

Lyn Back

235 E. Eagle Rd. Havertown PA