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The Handbook of Practice and Procedure

The Handbook of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is a continually updated source of good, tried, and reliable information about just about anything a person or committee might be asked to undertake within the Religious Society of Friends.
The Handbook is available as an interactive online document or as a printable document click on the links below to access:
  • The Handbook as an interactive document online
  • The Handbook for printing
  • The supplements that are referred to in the Handbook are only available online

The Handbook includes --

  • A brief history of the Society and gives detailed instructions on how the Society is run
  • For those new to the responsibilities of a role within the Religious Society of Friends, practical answers
  • Details about the kind of agenda that is needed for the Annual Meeting, guidance for who should attend, and how to include those who are not members of the Society.
  • Details about how appointments should be made for the varying positions within the Society, the responsibilities of different committees and entities, the 'jobs' of all the Committees, and how funds are to be distributed and under what circumstances.
  • Details on marriages, funerals, putting one's life in order in preparation for death, and many other helpful passages.

The Handbook is under continual revision to reflect changes made through decisions by Yearly Meeting. So far, there have been six complete revisions of the Handbook, and sections are updated annually to reflect changes that were agreed at Yearly Meeting.

Editions of the Handbook

  • 1st edition 1967
  • 2nd edition (interim) 1983
  • 2nd edition (completed) 1985
  • 3rd edition (loose leaf) 1993
  • 4th Edition (looseleaf) 1995
  • 6th Edition 2011

Handbook Supplements

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Handbook downloads and all related
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Suppl 1 Rules of the Religious Society of Friends PDF (369.35 KB) Administration 28/06/2016
Suppl 2 Transfer_Membership between Meeting PDF (101.54 KB) Administration 28/06/2016
Suppl 3 Secretarys Duties Link Administration 28/06/2016
Suppl 4 Procedures_the Backhouse Lecture Committee PDF (87.56 KB) Administration 28/06/2016
Suppl 5 Governance of The Friends’ School PDF (91.2 KB) Administration 28/06/2016
Marriage Paperwork 1 PDF (59.35 KB) Administration 16/05/2014
Marriage Paperwork 2 PDF (50.11 KB) Administration 16/05/2014
Grievance Procedure PDF (214.99 KB) Administration 28/06/2016
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