Invitation & Suggestions for Newcomers
An Invitation to Meeting for Worship
We welcome all who desire to worship with us.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the Friend charged with “Care of Meeting” for the day. Worship begins when the first person enters our meeting room.
We are an unprogrammed meeting based on silent worship. By 10:00 a.m. we are waiting in silent anticipation of experiencing the presence of God/Spirit/Light Within.
We try to be prompt in order to minimize disruptions during the meeting for worship, but in case of late arrival, adults will be requested to wait until 10:10am before entering the meeting room.
Younger participants will be invited to join our First Day School facilitator for their activities.downstairs after 10 minutes into the silent meeting.
At the end of the hour, the young people rejoin us to share in silent worship for a short time. Then the Friend charged with Care of Meeting for the day rises, the meeting ends and we join in a circle to ask silently or aloud for any person or situation to be held in the Light.
After meeting, we will be happy to answer questions and invite you to join us for fellowship. Please sign our guestbook and feel free to read our literature.
We invite you to join our ever-widening circle of friends.
Worship with Us!
Every Sunday at 10:00am – All are welcome.
If you’re visiting us for the first time you’ll find this description of worship helpful:
We worship in contemplative silence with occasionally spoken ministry. Friends believe that access to God comes from the Light within each of us.
First, we center ourselves, and then we focus our awareness on the Divine presence and gradually allow distractions to slip away.
Some of the deepest or most “gathered” meetings may be largely or entirely silent. We can minister through unspoken prayer and attentive listening to spoken worship.
Spirit may lead us to speak. This is not known in advance, nor are messages prepared beforehand. To discern whether one is being called to spoken ministry:
- Let the meeting return to silence for several minutes after someone has spoken.
- Wait in silence to discover whether the message of insight changes.
- Question whether the message is meant for oneself alone or for offering to the entire meeting.
- Become certain it is a spiritual ministry, not a political statement, lecture, or personal announcement.
Please stand and speak strongly, clearly, and briefly. A few heartfelt words are more welcome than long explanations.
Resources for Newcomers
You’ll want to see these short videos about Quaker experience
Learn about the Quaker Testimionies