BYM Support Services for Meetings and Worship Groups

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Provides a Wide Variety of Support Services for local Meetings and worship groups. Contact us and let us know how BYM can help!

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Communications, Outreach and
Administrative Services Support for Meetings
  • Publicity for Meeting Events both within the Yearly Meeting and the wider Quaker community through the BYM website, social media, monthly electronic announcements, and the BYM Interchange newsletter. Email the BYM office.
  • A page on the Yearly Meeting web site for your Meeting that can also redirect queries to your Meeting’s web site.
  • Outreach Resources are available at the BYM website for a wide variety of outreach activities to help your local Meeting grow and flourish through the BYM Advancement and Outreach Committee.
  • The Grow Our Meetings Toolkit from Friends General Conference offers guidance and tools for Friends that want to deepen their own spiritual life, welcome new life into their meetings, consider what it’s like to be new in a meeting, and do outreach. Some BYM Friends have had training in facilitating the exercises in the toolkit.
  • Training and Spiritual Nurturing of Meeting Clerks, Committee Clerks, and others preparing to serve their local Meeting are available at workshops, retreats, and at Annual Session.
  • “Best Practices” sharing sessions between Meetings to see what’s new and what works, at Annual Session and other times.
  • Insurance Policy Discount for Meetings. Call the BYM office for details.
  • Fundraising Consultations with local Meetings to improve Meeting fundraising. Call the BYM office. Also see resources available from the Yearly Meeting Development program.

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Financial Assistance for Meetings and Meeting Members
  • BYM Meeting House Fund – Provides loans for emergency repairs to any Monthly Meeting-owned Meeting House. To apply, contact the Yearly Meeting Office.
  • Annual Session Assistance – Helps the cost of attending the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Annual Session affordable. Financial assistance is available for first-time attenders, families, and Young Adult Friends. Financial assistance may be in the form of matching funds, work grants, and specially discounted tent site accommodations. See the Spring Interchange for full information.
  • Educational Grants for under-graduate, post-secondary education are available from Baltimore Yearly Meeting to Meeting members and attenders demonstrating need. See the Educational Grants section for full details.
  • Camp Scholarships are available for campers from Baltimore Yearly Meeting. In addition, BYM also provides work grants for parents or others. This aid is dispersed on the basis of declared need. Applications are accepted each year starting in January. Contact Jane Megginson, Camp Program Manager, for more information.
  • Miles White Beneficial Society funds are available for books and tracts, Friends educational institutions and programs for the young, and for undergraduate college scholarships. The deadline for applications is in March. Contact the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Office for details.

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First Day School & Youth Resources for Meetings

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Pastoral Care for Local Meetings

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Visiting among Friends strengthens and educates our Meetings and members

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BYM Faith and Practice

Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s volume of Faith and Practice is an illuminating written witness and guide to the lived faith of Quakers in the middle-Atlantic region for more than 340 years. Periodically, BYM members work together on revising it to reflect current Quaker practice and our growing understanding of our Quaker Faith.

The 1988 Faith and Practice is available for free online and in a hardbound book.

The BYM Faith and Practice Revision Committee is working on revisions using with the 2013 Draft Faith and Practice.

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Witness and Social Justice Resources

The Yearly Meeting provides several standing committees and working groups focused on particular areas of concern, including fostering peace and nonviolence, dismantling systems of oppression, and living more lightly upon the earth. If your Meeting seeks support with this work, please contact any of the following:

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Quaker service organizations have valuable experience in many areas of concern to Friends. To see if they have resources that can help your Meeting’s work, contact any of the BYM-appointed representatives to the following organizations, or go to:

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