December 31, 2018
I’m spending the week with my grandmother, and yesterday morning we walked across the street to Talent Friends Church – the faith community where my mom grew up, where my parents and grandparents were married, where we hosted my grandfather’s memorial service in 2013. As my grandma and I walked into the sanctuary, I read the announcement up on the screen, letting folks know that the new Fruit of the Vine was available. Then when my grandma and I found a seat, an elderly gentleman informed me that because my sister was out of town, he taught the Sunday school class, using Illuminate curriculum.
This is what Barclay Press does. We coordinate Quaker work from Friends in California, Indiana, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, and just about everywhere in between to produce a quarterly devotional reader, a Bible study, and a variety of pamphlets, books and other printed materials to support the ministry of local churches.
The work of Barclay Press – as a Christian publisher in the Friends tradition – is to serve as a seed vault. To capture the essence of these seeds of hope, to preserve it in the words of Friends both present and past, and to share those words. Barclay Press is a Quaker non-profit, and the work of publishing and distribution is our ministry.
Seeds of hope is the three-year campaign to fund the ministry of Barclay Press so we can continue to do the work of developing new titles, supporting small churches, and balancing the budget. The goal of this campaign is to raise $162,000 by the end of 2020. We raised just over $50,000 in 2018, so to stay on track with our three-year goal, we’ll be aiming to raise $56,000 in 2019.
Thank you for your support in 2018,