Overseers help create a sense of community and friendship in meetings.
Overseers have a wide variety of responsibilities, set out in detail in Quaker Faith & Practice. In a Quaker sense, oversight is the providing of pastoral and practical care and support.
In Friargate, each overseer tries to maintain a supportive relationship with a number of members of the meeting. Each Friend or attender has a personal, dedicated overseer.
Overseers also guide and advise newcomers about matters of membership.
Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, … and helping one another up with a tender hand.
Isaac Penington 1667
Overseers' last report to Friargate Local Business Meeting.
A short article about what our overseers do
Friargate Committee Pages