“There is that of God in everyone.” – George Fox (1624-1691)

“There is that of God in everyone.”
– George Fox (1624-1691)

 

We're a Community of "ALL"

All are welcome. All may share during worship. All may participate in decisions.
All may contribute to creating and sustaining our accepting, loving community.

Join us Sunday at 10:00 am and find out what we’re “All” about! 🙂
See our Suggestions for Newcomers

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We're a community of "ALL"

  • All are welcome.

  • All may speak during worship.

  • All may participate in decisions.

  • All may contribute to creating and sustaining our accepting, loving community.

Join us Sunday at 10:00 am and find out what we’re “All” about! 🙂

See our Suggestions for Newcomers

wheelchair accessible symbol Wheelchair Accessible

  assistive listening system symbol Assistive Listening System

You’ll likely feel at home here at Amesbury Quaker Meeting if:

✅  You’re seeking a spiritual community committed to acceptance and compassion

✅  You’re interested in deepening your spiritual life

✅  You like that all have the option to minister through inspired messages during worship

✅  You like having your opinion sought and respected for decisions large and small

✅  You know in your heart that armed conflict is not the answer

✅  You want to live in a world with gender equality

✅  You value diversity and feel strongly about social justice

✅  You appreciate the simple things in life

✅  You like Oats (just kidding) 🙂

You’ll likely feel at home here at Amesbury Quaker Meeting if:

✅  You’re seeking a spiritual community committed to acceptance and compassion

✅ You’re interested in deepening your spiritual life

✅  You like that all have the option to minister through inspired messages during worship

✅  You like having your opinion sought and respected for decisions large and small

✅  You know in your heart that armed conflict is not the answer

✅  You want to live in a world with gender equality

✅  You value diversity and feel strongly about social justice

✅  You appreciate the simple things in life

✅  You like Oats (just kidding) 🙂

You’ll likely feel at home here at Amesbury Quaker Meeting if:

✅  You’re seeking a spiritual community committed to acceptance and compassion

✅  You’re interested in deepening your spiritual life

✅  You like that all have the option to minister through inspired messages during worship

✅  You like having your opinion sought and respected for decisions large and small

✅  You know in your heart that armed conflict is not the answer

✅  You want to live in a world with gender equality

✅  You value diversity and feel strongly about social justice

✅  You appreciate the simple things in life

✅  You like Oats (just kidding) 🙂

Our Meetinghouse Was Part of the Amesbury Historic Sites Tour on May 27, 2018

Connection Between Whittier and Our Meeting:

Click to watch our video:

Posted by Amesbury Quakers - May 3, 2018 - Whittier & Friends Meetinghouse

This video tells the fascinating story of the connection between John Greenleaf Whittier and Amesbury Friends Meeting. Whittier was a member of our meeting and Clerk of the Building Committee that oversaw the construction of our current meetinghouse in 1851.

Whittier’s work as a poet and abolitionist was strongly influenced by his Quaker faith and commitment to Quaker principles.

As part of the 350th Birthday Celebration of Amesbury, Massachusetts, there was a Tour of the Amesbury TreasuresSeventeen historic sites throughout the city. Our Meetinghouse was one of them! As well as Whittier’s home that is now the Whittier Home Museum. 

We were pleased to welcome hundreds of visitors on May 27, 2018, share the history of our Meetinghouse and answer questions about the spiritual life of Quakers. 

 

Quaker Principles

The Five Testimonies are our Values.

Peace & Nonviolence

We’re probably most known for our commitment to Peace. Quakers take an active approach to Peacemaking through nonviolence training, conflict resolution practices, and work on national legislation.

Simplicity

Quakers appreciate a life that leans toward simplicity. We find that a simple life is one that can focus on what is truly important.

Equality and Social Justice

Quakers have always worked for social justice and civil rights. Gender equality has been a hallmark of Quaker life – many Suffragists were Quakers.

Integrity

Telling the truth to ourselves and to others is considered key to spiritual growth. In order to truly hear and follow the leadings of Spirit, we must be willing to hear and act on the truth.

Community and Stewardship of the Earth

We value community. Our doors are open to all. We see ourselves as connected to the earth. We respect the planet and all its inhabitants.

Quaker Principles

The Five Testimonies are our Values.

Peace & Nonviolence

Quakers take an active approach to Peacemaking through nonviolence training, conflict resolution practices, and work on national legislation.

Simplicity

Quakers appreciate a life that leans toward simplicity so that we can focus on what is truly important.

Equality and Social Justice

Quakers have always worked for social justice and civil rights. Gender equality has been a hallmark of Quaker life – many Suffragists were Quakers.

Integrity

Telling the truth to ourselves and to others is considered key to spiritual growth and the ability to hear and follow the leadings of the Spirit.

Community and Stewardship of the Earth

We value community. Our doors are open. We’re connected to the earth and respect the planet and all its inhabitants.

Fast-Track FAQs

Top burning questions of newcomers

What the heck do Quakers do during worship?

We sit in silence, in a space of “expectant waiting,” open to the presence of the Light Within. We listen for the still, small voice of Divine guidance. If we have specific thoughts or receive a message, we reflect to determine if the message is simply for us personally or if we feel moved to share it with the group. To share, we stand (as we are able) and speak. We find that the most meaningful shared messages are brief, from the heart and prompted by Spirit. Through this practice, we have the opportunity to minister to each other. We value our shared silence and sometimes no one speaks for the entire hour. See Suggestions for Newcomers

Do Quakers have strict beliefs? What are they?

At Amesbury Friends Meeting we honor each person’s individual beliefs. Quakers have no creed. As a community, we share similar values as expressed on this website. And if there’s one thing we do believe, it’s that our beliefs should never be used to infringe on the rights of anyone else. Learn more about Quakerism

Why don't you have a minister?

We believe that each of us can have a direct experience of God or Spirit and that we minister to each other. The Amesbury Quaker Meeting is an “unprogrammed” meeting. We don’t have a pastor as we don’t feel the need for the guidance of one primary person for a meaningful spiritual practice. Members rotate through the roles required to manage our organization. Learn more about the role of the Clerk of Meeting and the Clerks of each committee.

So you all are Amish?

No, we’re not Amish. We’re not sure why there is often this confusion other than the fact that people think of the Quaker Oats guy when they hear “Quaker” and they associate his “look” with ways of the Amish. While Quakers and the Amish are both traditional “peace churches,” the Amish are known for their conservative beliefs and reluctance to accept modern technology. Quakers, on the other hand, are known for more progressive views and an openness to change. And to set the record straight, we have nothing to do with oats. The Quaker Oats company selected the Quaker name as a symbol of good quality and honest value. That’s been our brand for over 300 years, and we still maintain that reputation of integrity.

We’ve answered a few questions, but you likely have more.
For everything you could possibly
want to know about Quakers…

Visit the FAQ Page of New England Yearly Meeting

For more info about Quakers…

Visit the FAQ Page of New England Yearly Meeting

Amesbury Friends Peace Center

An Outreach Project of Amesbury Friends Meeting

Amesbury Quakers CALENDAR of EVENTS

Hover over any of the events or click to go to that event page with full details.

Upcoming Events

Nov
18
Sun
2018
11:30 am AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
Nov 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse | Amesbury | Massachusetts | United States
All are welcome to attend our monthly Meeting for Worship for Business. Learn more about our decision-making process. Everyone has a voice. 8:25 am – 9:55 am  May-September (before Worship) 11:30 am – 1:30 pm October-April[...]
Dec
2
Sun
2018
11:30 am Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting
Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting
Dec 2 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting | Amesbury | Massachusetts | United States
Our monthly gathering for spiritual nurturance, Quaker education and exploring the needs of our unique community at the Amesbury Friends Meeting. Facilitated reflective discussions on Quakerism topics, presentations of individual Spiritual Journeys, and more.
Dec
9
Sun
2018
11:30 am Peace and Social Concerns Commit... @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
Peace and Social Concerns Commit... @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
Dec 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Peace and Social Concerns Committee Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse | Amesbury | Massachusetts | United States
This is the monthly meeting of the committee that represents the Peace Center.
Dec
16
Sun
2018
11:30 am AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
Dec 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse | Amesbury | Massachusetts | United States
All are welcome to attend our monthly Meeting for Worship for Business. Learn more about our decision-making process. Everyone has a voice. 8:25 am – 9:55 am  May-September (before Worship) 11:30 am – 1:30 pm October-April[...]
Dec
21
Fri
2018
6:30 pm AFM Quaker Monthly Potluck
AFM Quaker Monthly Potluck
Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
AFM Quaker Monthly Potluck
Amesbury Friends Meeting monthly social event. Great food – Great people – Great conversation! The location rotates and is often held at one of our homes and sometimes at the Meetinghouse. All are welcome – call[...]
Jan
6
Sun
2019
11:30 am Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting
Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting
Jan 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting | Amesbury | Massachusetts | United States
Our monthly gathering for spiritual nurturance, Quaker education and exploring the needs of our unique community at the Amesbury Friends Meeting. Facilitated reflective discussions on Quakerism topics, presentations of individual Spiritual Journeys, and more.

Upcoming Events

Nov
18
Sun
2018
11:30 am AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
Nov 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse | Amesbury | Massachusetts | United States
All are welcome to attend our monthly Meeting for Worship for Business. Learn more about our decision-making process. Everyone has a voice. 8:25 am – 9:55 am  May-September (before Worship) 11:30 am – 1:30 pm October-April[...]
Dec
2
Sun
2018
11:30 am Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting
Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting
Dec 2 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting | Amesbury | Massachusetts | United States
Our monthly gathering for spiritual nurturance, Quaker education and exploring the needs of our unique community at the Amesbury Friends Meeting. Facilitated reflective discussions on Quakerism topics, presentations of individual Spiritual Journeys, and more.
Dec
9
Sun
2018
11:30 am Peace and Social Concerns Commit... @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
Peace and Social Concerns Commit... @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
Dec 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Peace and Social Concerns Committee Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse | Amesbury | Massachusetts | United States
This is the monthly meeting of the committee that represents the Peace Center.
Dec
16
Sun
2018
11:30 am AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse
Dec 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
AFM Monthly Business Meeting @ Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse | Amesbury | Massachusetts | United States
All are welcome to attend our monthly Meeting for Worship for Business. Learn more about our decision-making process. Everyone has a voice. 8:25 am – 9:55 am  May-September (before Worship) 11:30 am – 1:30 pm October-April[...]
Dec
21
Fri
2018
6:30 pm AFM Quaker Monthly Potluck
AFM Quaker Monthly Potluck
Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
AFM Quaker Monthly Potluck
Amesbury Friends Meeting monthly social event. Great food – Great people – Great conversation! The location rotates and is often held at one of our homes and sometimes at the Meetinghouse. All are welcome – call[...]
Jan
6
Sun
2019
11:30 am Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting
Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting
Jan 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ministry & Counsel Gathering @ Amesbury Friends Meeting | Amesbury | Massachusetts | United States
Our monthly gathering for spiritual nurturance, Quaker education and exploring the needs of our unique community at the Amesbury Friends Meeting. Facilitated reflective discussions on Quakerism topics, presentations of individual Spiritual Journeys, and more.

We've got plenty to celebrate!

 

 

Yes, we’re troubled by the injustices in the world and we do our part individually and together to work for change.

 

And we are grateful for the community we’ve created – one that’s filled with love and sometimes challenges. A community that embraces all – individuals, couples, families.

 

We have each other…and that’s what matters.

 

You in?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We've got plenty to celebrate!

 

Yes, we’re troubled by the injustices in the world and we do our part to work for change.

 

And we are grateful for the community we’ve created – one filled with love and sometimes challenges. A community that embraces all – individuals, couples, families.

 

We have each other…and that’s what matters.

 

You in?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Facebook Page is a great way to stay in the loop. We post events of interest, articles about Quakers, activism updates, inspirational posts, and photos! See you there! 🙂

How Have We Carried On for Over 300 Years?

How Have We Carried On for Over 300 Years?

We Depend on the Financial Support of Individuals and Families

Your contribution helps sustain our Meeting and the Amesbury Peace Center!
We can’t Thank You enough! 
🙂

Your contribution helps sustain our Meeting and the Amesbury Peace Center!
Thank You! 
🙂

What About the Oats?

In 1877 “Quaker Oats” was registered as the first breakfast cereal trademark with the U.S. Patent Office as “a figure of a man in ‘Quaker garb.'” Company owners Henry Seymour and William Heston stated that they selected the Quaker name as a symbol of good quality and honest value.

 

The Oats have kept the Quaker name and we have maintained our reputation for honesty. Not only have Quakers never sued for a copyright infringement but the Oats company actually tried to sue a company owned by authentic Quakers for infringing on their copyright! But that’s not even the funniest part…

 

Have a Laugh - Read the Letter and the Quaker Response:

What About the Oats?

In 1877 “Quaker Oats” was registered with the U.S. Patent Office as “a figure of a man in ‘Quaker garb.'” Company owners stated that they selected the Quaker name as a symbol of good quality and honest value.

 

The Oats have kept the Quaker name and we have maintained our reputation for honesty. Not only have Quakers never sued for a copyright infringement but the Oats company actually tried to sue a company owned by authentic Quakers for infringing on their copyright! But that’s not even the funniest part…

 

Have a Laugh - Read the Letter and the Quaker Response:

We're Here Every Sunday 10am - You're Invited to Join Us!

120 Friend Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts 01913

 

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Full DIRECTIONS

We're Here Every Sunday 10am - Join Us!

120 Friend Street, Amesbury, Mass. 01913

 

wheelchair accessible symbol Wheelchair Accessible

assistive listening system symbol Assistive Listening System

 

Full DIRECTIONS

Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse