QM/Ph/MM. Constituent Monthly, Preparative, and Quarterly meetings
Record Group Term
_____ MONTHLY MEETING _____ The basic unit of Quaker administration, which holds regular monthly business meetings. Only members can participate. It has responsibility for care of members, authorizes removals and marriages, maintains discipline, considers the queries, manages meeting property, fosters social concerns, and reports regularly to the quarterly meeting. _____ PREPARATIVE MEETING _____ A regularly-organized business meeting of a single congregation which prepared business to be presented to the monthly meeting. The scope of business as recorded in its minutes was normally limited to responses to queries and matters of property and school oversight. _____ QUARTERLY MEETING _____ Meetings for business held four times per year, attended by representatives of all monthly meetings in a region. It is an intermediary between the monthly and yearly meeting, serves as an appellate body for disciplinary matters, and considers problems too large for a local meeting to solve. A quarterly meeting holds the authority to establish or discontinue a monthly, preparative, or particular meeting for worship. It collects financial assessments from each monthly meeting in accordance with the quota established by the yearly meeting.
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Scope and Contents Records of the Chester Monthly Meetings in Chester and Media, Pennsylvania. Includes: births, deaths, marriage certificates, and other vital records, 1677-1961; men's, women's, and joint minutes, 1681-1984; records of the Meeting of Worship and Ministry and Overseers and its predecessors; financial records; and committee and other miscellaneous records. Of additional interest are pre-Separation accounts of sufferings, 1778-1783; manumissions, 1776-1780; and a series of scrapbooks assembled by...