Shshsh – I’m going to let you in on a little secret, but don’t tell anyone! Want to know what is the best and most fun committee in Baltimore Yearly Meeting? It’s the Program Committee!
We get to choose the theme and the speakers each year for Annual Session. We get to meet four times a year to make lots of decisions. And there is always lots of food at our meetings – some great and some good and healthy. Everyone is wonderful. Continue reading
The Program Committee is charged with being the “host” of Baltimore Yearly Meeting Annual Session. As the host, we provide place and time as well as the programming of these sessions. We care for the physical needs of Friends so that the Spirit may be present.
Each member of the Committee has charge of a piece of the work. We meet four times during the year as well as daily during Annual Session to compare with and support each other in our tasks so that Friends’ needs are met during the session. This includes selecting themes, plenary session presenters, and workshops. It includes constructing a budget and arranging for lodging, food, and meeting spaces. It also includes coordinating with other groups on major components of the week: Junior Yearly Meeting and Youth Programs for events for younger Friends; Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee on the pre-Annual Session retreat; worship sharing and Bible study; and working with the BYM staff for support during the registration process as well as the work of the office during the week. In doing all this, the members of the Committee feel like a family as they work together to bring this to fruition one week a year. Continue reading
We’re Listening to You – Annual Session
The Program Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Annual Session for being with us. There were 20 more people this year
than last, which was wonderful. If you were not present, please do yourself a favor and plan now to attend next year from 2-8 August 2010 at Frostburg State University
in Frostburg, MD. Judging from the evaluations, everyone had a great time. Here are a few of the comments from the evaluations. Continue reading