Amesbury Friends Meeting
History of Amesbury Friends Meeting
The first record of the Friends Society in Hampton, New Hampshire, was in 1701. At that time the decision was made to build a meetinghouse. A total of sixty-six pounds was raised to pay for the structure and in June of 1701 Thomas Chase of Hampton gave a parcel of land to the Quakers of the area to “Seat a Meetinghouse thereon.”
Quakers from the surrounding towns attended monthly or weekly Meeting there until a Meetinghouse was completed in Amesbury by 1710.
Between 1710 and 1768 monthly meeting alternated between the two locations. In 1705 the first written record of the Amesbury Meeting appeared. It met under the care of the Hampton New Hampshire Monthly Meeting with a name change in 1792 to the Seabrook Monthly Meeting.
In 1884 we became the Amesbury Monthly Meeting. Our meeting, with other local meetings, are part of the Salem Quarterly Meeting, and the New England Yearly Meeting.
The Amesbury Friends Meeting is an unprogrammed meeting.
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First Day Youth Program
Find out more about our Youth Program.
Business Meetings & Process
Meeting for Worship to Conduct Business: The Third Sunday of each month: 8:25 a.m. On the third Sunday of the month, we join to discuss Friends’ business, conducted in the Spirit of Meeting for Worship. We reach decisions through careful listening to God’s will and speaking from the heart, believing this process to be as important as the decision itself.
The work of the Meeting is all volunteer, organized by various committees. We encourage new members to attend Meeting for Business and work on a committee to enjoy the fuller life of our Quaker Community.
See a List of our Committees and their Clerks.
Living Our Vision Through Community Outreach
Amesbury Friends Meeting is committed to community support and outreach. We offer both financial and volunteer support to various Quaker and Community organizations.
Read this article about Quakerism by one of our long-time members and author Edith Maxwell
We invite you to join our ever-widening circle of Friends!