A Quaker Meeting is based on silence, marking a pause from the distractions of everyday life.
Go in as soon as you are ready; sit anywhere you like. Meeting for Worship starts as soon as the first person sits down; it ends after about an hour when the appointed person marks the conclusion of worship, for instance by shaking hands. It is preferable to arrive a few minutes early, but punctuality is much less important than your company.
We take the quiet time of Quaker meeting to listen. Some listen to God, others to nature or their conscience. Bring whatever is pressing on your mind to the Meeting. It can be a time of insight, healing, and calm.
Someone present may feel inspired by this experience to say something which will deepen and enrich the worship. This brief “vocal ministry” may involve song, prayer, a reading, or a vocal message of concern, hope, or thanksgiving.
Listen to what is said in an open-minded, charitable spirit. If something does not speak to you, try nevertheless to reach the spirit behind the words. The speaker wants to help the Meeting; take care not to reject the offering with criticism or debate. We generally only speak once to allow everyone to participate.
After meeting, there is a period of announcements and refreshments. Afterwards, if you can, please do stay for tea and snacks and get to know us better. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.