There is more to a Friends meeting than an hour of silent worship on Sundays. A vital meeting challenges us to spiritual growth every day of the week. It gathers us into a loving, supportive fellowship. It creates sacred space in which we can find healing, strength, and vision. It sends us out into the world to serve and to witness to the possibility of transformation, peace, and divine love. As you think about building (or rebuilding) your meeting or worship group, you might want to plan your Sunday schedule to include each of these elements
First Impressions While the saying “you only get one chance to make a good impression” is a cliché, it is also the truth. The following are some ways that your worship group or meeting can create a good first impression on newcomers – and interest them in coming back.
Newcomers and Meeting for Worship Many aspects of a meeting’s or worship group’s life influence a visitor’s decision to become a regular attender and active participant. The vitality of your meeting or worship group and the ways you inform newcomers about your faith affect visitors decisions whether to return or not, as do their feelings of welcome and acceptance. Most important though is the quality of worship. Quakers offer a form of worship that is distinct from other faiths.
Practical Arrangements for Starting a New Quaker Worship Group or Meeting While beginning a new worship group or meeting is primarily a spiritual endeavor, there are also various practical matters you will want to consider. The following are some basic steps you should contemplate prior to holding your first gathering – and continue them after the group is underway.
Quaker worship groups and meetings are dynamic faith communities. It is wonderful that you are considering starting a worship group or meeting! Below is some information that will help you in this spiritual endeavor