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.
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Records of the Pilesgrove Monthly Meeting, 1756-1929, include: vital records, 1756-1928; Hicksite men’s minutes, 1794-1929; Orthodox men’s minutes, 1827-1830; Hicksite women's minutes, 1794-1823 and 1827-1893; Orthodox women’s minutes, 1828-1830; Hicksite ministers and elders' minutes, 1800-1805 and 1836-1897.
Scope and Contents Records of the Hicksite preparative meeting include: Minutes of the men's meeting and later, of joint sessions with women, 1860-1926; women's minutes, 1851-1886; burials at Woodstown, N.J. (including burials of non-Friends), 1816-1903.
Scope and Contents Records of Salem Monthly Meeting, 1675-2015, include: men's meeting minutes, vital records, women's minutes, Ministers and Elders' minutes, manuscript copies of men's minutes, miscellaneous papers, property records, and newsletters.
Scope and Contents Records of Woodstown Monthly Meeting, 1928-2014, include: Hicksite/United minutes 1929-2014; Hicksite membership register, 1928-1958; minutes of the Hicksite Meeting of Worship and Ministry and of its predecessors, the Meeting of Ministry and Counsel and the Meeting of Ministers and Elders, 1897-1963.