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Jacksonville Friends: Outreach at Community Event

Jacksonville Friends Meeting has been renting worship space at Florida Christian Center for about two years now. This year Kimberly Weir, their director, invited us to have a table at “Taste of Murray Hill,” an event to bring the community together under one roof to get a taste–a sampling–of what the Murray Hill Community has to offer. Jacksonville Friends joined seven other churches, seven restaurants, and eleven businesses and other organizations in participating in the event, held on June 29th from 5-7pm. Murray Hill is one of the city’s older neighborhoods, one which is being refreshed with new home owner/residents and businesses.

Elaine & Willie at the Jacksonville Friends’ table

Elaine Martin, Willie Hager, and I staffed the Jacksonville Meeting table, one of about two dozen that circled the whole FCC auditorium. 187 people were in attendance; most of them just circled the room, getting snacks from the restaurants and—occasionally—literature from the churches and businesses. We gave out this trifold about Jacksonville Meeting, plus one about AVP. We also had copies of Friends Journal back issues, and a sign with URLs for Friends Journal and QuakerSpeak…and Wendy’s raisin oatmeal cookies (the real draw!)

Most people said hello, and several dozen took our trifold. We had longer, interesting conversations with about 10; one woman had been a Quaker until she moved to Alabama, where she couldn’t find a meeting and so joined the Roman Catholic church. Several others were aware of the peace and social concerns work of Friends.

—Mike Shell, Jacksonville MM

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