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 10:15 before entering the meeting room. Younger participants may be directed to join our First Day School downstairs for their activities.
Friends believe that access to God comes from the Light within each of us. We worship in contemplative silence with occasionally spoken ministry. 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 for prayers for any person or situation we wish to hold in God’s Light.
After the meeting is over, we will be happy to answer questions or to show you around the meetinghouse. Please sign our guestbook and feel free to read our literature.
We invite you to join our ever-widening circle of friends.
Come Worship with Us!
Every Sunday at 10:00am – All are welcome.
You may find this video helpful. Our Meeting is slightly different from what is shown but the video gives a good portrayal of what you can expect.
Suggestions for Newcomers
If you’re visiting us for the first time you’ll find this description of worship helpful:
Friends’ worship is a unique experience. First, we center ourselves, and then we focus our awareness on the Divine presence and gradually allow distractions to slip away. We share or “minister” as we listen to God. 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.
The 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.