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George Fox’s 400th birthday

January 1 - December 31

Celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the birth of Quaker co-founder George Fox will take place throughout 2024. Many of these events can be joined online, from around the world.  Find out more.

If you are organising an event to mark the occasion, please let us know by emailing us.

Events

For more information and registration, please click on the name of the event.

George Fox at 400
Woodbrooke online
January – October 2024

A range of online courses and sessions that explore the legacy and influence of George Fox on the Quaker movement today, including liberal, conservative and evangelical perspectives. 


Exhibition
Alfreton Library, Derbyshire
1-31 March 2024

There are 3 small glass cases exhibiting items in the library – a short history, mention of local miracles (Mansfield); the Mansfield Quaker trail and some books including the Journal of George Fox, Faith and Practice, and some historic books from Chesterfield LM including “The great case against tithes”

In conjunction with this there will be an open Meeting for Worship on March 20th at 10.30am in Alfreton Christian Centre.


George Fox and Early Quaker Culture (Fully booked)
Glenthorne Quaker Guesthouse
26-28 April 2024

George Fox was a key leader of the early Quaker movement but how did he create such a powerful Quaker culture? What were the hallmarks of the early Quaker faith and practice? Why was he so successful?


George Fox and Early Quakerism
Quaker Tapestry Museum
April – December 2024

A special exhibition at the Quaker Tapestry museum in England focussed on George Fox, early Quakers and their connection to the North West of England. The exhibition will feature panels from the Quaker Tapestry alongside other collection items. There will also be an exhibition opening event and series of blended talks that will draw on the themes of the exhibition.


George Fox 400 Celebration Day
Hartshill Quaker Meeting
25 May 2024 at 10 AM (London/BST)

Hartshill is the nearest Quaker meeting to the village of Fenny Drayton where George Fox was born. The meeting will be showcasing their George Fox and Hartshill Quaker heritage displays. They will also share creative work they have been producing in response to their exploration of the legacy of Fox and their spiritual journeys during the anniversary year. Refreshments will be available.


Fox at 400: The Life, Times, and Legacies of George Fox
Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists
20-23 June 2024

A Joint Conference of the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, Centre for Research in Quaker Studies, and the Quaker Studies Research Association held online and at Lancaster University, England. See registration page for costs.


George Fox 400 Birthday Party
Arch Street Meeting House, Philadelphia, PA, USA
29 June 2024 from 10 AM – 4 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

A birthday party for George Fox including family games, historical interpretation and of course cake! All are welcome.  Engage with historical characters, crafts, games and more. Join for a birthday picnic at lunchtime and take in the other historic sites around the meetinghouse. More information here.


Rooted in Story: Reflections on 400 Years of George Fox
Friends General Conference
1 July 2024

Registrants attending the 2024 week-long FGC Gathering at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, USA will listen to a panel discussion of diverse Friends discussing the legacy, influence, and storytelling that surrounds the life of George Fox. Panelists and precise timing will be announced in early 2024. Pricing is also to be announced.


Experiment with Light, a Quaker Spiritual Practice
Experiment with Light

A meditative process of listening prayer, based on the writings of George Fox. Quakers from Britain Yearly Meeting will guide this process, explaining how it arose from a study of George Fox’s writings, and has become a spiritual practice used around the world. This event is free of charge. 

This event will be repeated three times, to be accessible for different time zones:

  • 30 June 2024 at 4 PM (London/BST)
    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 827 7879 3650
    Passcode: 770868
  • 3 July 2024 at 7 PM (London/BST)
    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 818 3569 6607
    Passcode: 928523
  • 6 July at 10 AM (London/BST)
    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 889 9702 3156
    Passcode: 720612

George Fox’s Birthday Party
Australia Yearly Meeting
12 July 2024, 4:30 PM AEDT (UTC+11)

A birthday party on the Friday of Australia Yearly Meeting in July, featuring a speaker and a large cake to share. Click the link above for a draft timetable of the yearly meeting. Email David Tehr for more information.


A Week of Celebration of the lives of Margaret Fell & George Fox at Swarthmoor Hall
Britain Yearly Meeting
15 – 20 July 2024

Quakers in Britain (Britain Yearly Meeting) will be holding a week-long celebration of the lives of George Fox and Margaret Fell and to explore how Quakerism is relevant to the world we live in today. The programme will include music, family activities, crafts, talks and tours of Swarthmoor hall. The week will run from 15th July and will finish on Saturday 20th July with a garden party with traditional English tea. All activities will be free of charge except for the Saturday garden party/afternoon tea event. Email Beth Follini for more information and to get the booking link.


World Plenary Meeting
Friends World Committee for Consultation
5-12 August 2024
South Africa and online

The FWCC World Plenary Meeting (WPM) is a meeting for representatives from all four FWCC Sections to tend to FWCC business, surrounded by worship and fellowship with Friends from around the world. The 2024 WPM will be hosted by Southern Africa Yearly Meeting, and held in South Africa and online. The theme is ‘Living the spirit of Ubuntu: Responding with hope to God’s call to cherish creation – and one another’. Click here for more information and registration.


George Fox after 400 years (Fully booked)
Glenthorne Quaker Centre
Friday 13 – Sunday 15 September

This course, led by Rex Ambler will focus on Rex’s anthology of George Fox, Truth of the Heart, published by Quaker Books. It is that long, this year, since George Fox was born, yet somehow, he still seems to speak to us. ‘He found that in order to be free and whole as human beings we had to see ourselves as we actually were in the present moment. And he showed us how that could be done,’. It has something to do with finding the truth in ourselves and learning to trust it completely in everything we do. It’s a tough message but it can be wonderfully liberating. Over the weekend we will try to understand more fully what he had to say then and what he is saying now.


If you are planning an event in 2024 that could incorporate George Fox’s 400th birthday celebrations, or you are organising an event to mark the occasion, please let us know by emailing us or you can complete this form.

To support Quaker meetings, Friends churches, schools and other bodies to organise events & activities, a birthday pack has been published featuring children’s stories, a dramatic monologue, Bible study and prompts for worship sharing, as well as links to possible songs, meditations, courses and games.

Access the pack 

Past events: 


Celebration for 400th Birthday of George Fox
Columbia Friends Meeting, South Carolina, USA
7 January 2024 at 10 AM

The first part of the programme will follow the unprogrammed tradition of Friends’ Meetings with 30 minutes of prayerful silence.
Young Friends will then present a programme highlighting the life and legacy of George Fox followed by a 17th century birthday cake and lunch—which Columbia Friends will provide. Guests from Columbia Interfaith Partners of South Carolina are welcome, during this month of Interfaith Harmony. Attendance can be in-person or online via Zoom. Please register by email.


Spring Social
South Belfast Preparative Meeting
24 February 2024 at 6pm (London / GMT)

A potluck meal and quiz to raise money for Quaker Service (Quaker Service is a charity in Northern Ireland providing services in the community for families and prisoners), incorporating George Fox’s 400 anniversary themes into the quiz, and possibly the potluck. This event is free, but it is hoped those attending will feel led to assist with fundraising on the night.

 

Event Details

January 1 - December 31