Advancement and Outreach Annual Reports

The text of recently received Annual Reports are below, with the most recently received at the top and older reports below. To jump to a particular report, simply click the year listed below.

2011 Report 2012 Report 2013 Report 2014 Report 2015 Report
2016 Report

2016 Annual Report

No report received.


2015 Annual Report

We were pleased to be joined by the IM Clerk and the Director of Development at the Spring Interim Meeting to be briefed on the proposed outreach efforts funded by the Shoemaker grant. We look forward to working with staff in the coming year to implement these.

We conducted a workshop at Langley Hill for BYM meeting members who wanted to learn how to use the Internet to attract members, about improving their web sites, and our efforts in collecting and posting outreach materials from BYM meetings and other sources. It's our intention to create an on-line reference of outreach materials used by some meetings so that other meetings might use them a place to start, or a template to be followed.

We had funds in our budget for an exploratory Quaker Quest session. We received no request for that; so, we released those funds and reduced our request for FY-16.

A&O discussed changing the name of the Yearly Meeting but has not found unity yet.


2014 Annual Report

No report received.


2013 Annual Report

The mission of the BYM Advancement and Outreach Committee is to support meetings growth and revitalization and encourage outreach to seekers. The Committee deals with issues of visibility, welcoming newcomers, knitting in newcomers, strengthening community, sharing our faith, witness and service, and reaching out. The committee is also trying to take on support and cooperation with Quaker schools. We meet three times a year at Interim Meeting, and once at Annual Sessions. All committee meetings are open meetings.

The major event for the Committee this year was an all-day Quaker Quest training. Quaker Quest is an approach to outreach that was developed by British Friends and is now being promoted by Friends General Conference. It uses a series of brief personal presentations on a particular topic, followed by small group discussion, to show how shared experience of Spirit, not doctrinal unity, enlivens the Religious Society of Friends. There are two training events involved in the process of getting ready to do the full Quaker Quest. Some of the experiences in the trainings can be used just to help Friends develop greater comfort in doing general outreach. The Friends General Conference offered to provide trainers free of charge for an all-day training for the Yearly. As part of our support of Quaker Quest in BYM the A&O Committee sponsored the training, which took place at Langley Hill Meeting on May 11, 2013. There were 25 Friends attending from 12 Meetings. The feedback we got was very positive.

There are at least two Meetings scheduled to do their own all-day trainings this year. One Meeting made the request to FGC before the BYM training and one Meeting made the request after the training.

The A&O Committee has some money in its budget to help Meetings with the cost of putting on Quaker Quest events and FGC also offers some grants to local Meetings.

Still in the planning stage as of mid-June is a test project for on-line advertising.

The Committee could very much use Friends with skills related to computers and Friends interested in working with Quaker Schools.


2012 Annual Report

The mission of the BYM Advancement and Outreach Committee is to support meetings growth and revitalization and encourage outreach to seekers. The Committee deals with issues of visibility, welcoming newcomers, knitting in newcomers, strengthening community, sharing our faith, witness and service, and reaching out. The committee has also taken on support and cooperation with Quaker schools. We meet three times a year at Interim Meeting, and once at Annual Sessions. All committee meetings are open meetings. Here are some things we are continuing to work on:
“Q-Tube” – Video clips of Friends talking about what brought them to Quakerism, what appeals to them about the Quaker way, their experience of Quaker worship and how being a Quaker effects their lives. The project was wildly successful in 2009 and can be viewed at the BYM web site. [bym-rsf.org/Qtube/]. We are still hoping that more will done by various meetings that will speak about their home meetings and what they love about their home meeting. We are looking at various ways we can help meetings and other BYM groups in this project.

Quaker Quest – An approach to outreach that was developed by British Friends and is now being promoting by Friends General Conference. It uses a series of brief personal presentations on a particular topic, followed by small group discussion, to show how shared experience of Spirit, not doctrinal unity, holds the Religious Society of Friends together. Our committee is supporting Quaker Quest in BYM. Quaker Quest is going forward in many parts of the country and we hope to continue to be part of it and see it grow in BYM. The A&O Committee has funds to support meetings. Since early 2008, 11 Meetings in BYM have done either the full day training or done the public sessions as well. We hope to continue giving out small grants to help our meetings but Friends General Conference also has funds to help meetings. FGC is offering to do a free one full day training for each Yearly Meeting in FGC and have the Yearly Meeting invite two Friends from each Meeting in that Yearly Meeting. This training would be basically the same as the full day training that Meeting do when they are exploring if the Meeting would like to do Quaker Quest. The A&O Committee is hoping to take the lead in accepting the offer from FGC and set up the training in BYM. We are planning to have an interest group at annual sessions to discuss this.

Google Ads – We are still planning two small pilot projects to do some on-line advertising which will target certain limited areas and use certain key words to try to reach seekers.

We have been doing some visiting to monthly meetings and if any Friend thinks their meeting might be interested in having a visit, please contact me or any committee member. There is another outreach project called Inreach/Outreach which we are eager to talk about and do with meetings. We are also considering doing a workshop for small meetings or start-up groups. Our committee has much we want to do. If any Friend is able to help with a time limited project or would like to be a corresponding member please let us know. Just sharing information with your monthly meeting would be a great help.

Walter Brown, (Langley Hill) Clerk


2011 Annual Report

The mission of the BYM Advancement and Outreach Committee is to support meetings growth and revitalization and encourage outreach to seekers. The Committee deals with issues of visibility, welcoming newcomers, knitting in newcomers, strengthening community, sharing our faith, witness and service, and reaching out. The committee has also taken on support and cooperation with Quaker schools. We meet three times a year at Interim Meeting, and once at Annual Sessions. All committee meetings are open meetings and currently we have about eight Friends at each meeting. Here are some of the exciting things we have been working on.

“Q-Tube” Video clips of Friends talking about what brought them to Quakerism, what appeals to them about the Quaker way, their experience of Quaker worship and how being a Quaker effects their lives. The project was wildly successful in 2009 and can viewed at the BYM web site. [bym-rsf.org/Qtube/]. We are hoping that more will done by various meetings that will speak about their home meetings and what they love about their home meeting. We are looking at various ways we can help meetings and other BYM groups in this project.

Quaker Quest – An approach to outreach that was developed by British Friends and is now being promoting by Friends General Conference. It uses a series of brief personal presentations on a particular topic, followed by small group discussion, to show how shared experience of Spirit, not doctrinal unity, holds the Religious Society of Friends together. Our committee is supporting Quaker Quest in BYM and several meetings have done trainings. Quaker Quest is going forward in many parts of the country and we hope to continue to be part of it and see it grow in BYM. The A&O Committee has funds to support meetings. So far we have given a grant to one meeting, another grant is pending and a third just requested. We hope to continue giving out small grants to help our meetings but Friends General Conference also has funds to help meetings. There are four friends from BYM who are part of the Quaker Quest Traveling Team who can do the Quaker Quest trainings (which should reduce the travel expenses that the meetings have to pay).

Google Ads – We are planning two small pilot projects to do some on-line advertising which will target certain limited areas and use certain key words to try to reach seekers.

Our committee sponsored a Friendly Sing-in at Sandy Spring Meeting on April 2, 2011 that lasted all day and was well attended. Following this great success plans are being made for another Sing-in in the fall.

We have been doing some visiting to monthly meetings and if any Friend thinks their meeting might be interested in having a visit, please contact me or any committee member. There is another outreach project called Inreach/Outreach which we are eager to talk about and do with meetings. Our committee has continued to be active in the past year and we have much we want to do. If any Friend is able to help with a time limited project or would like to be a corresponding member please let us know. Just sharing information with your monthly meeting would be a great help.

Walter Brown, (Langley Hill), Clerk