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Meeting for Worship

Meeting For Worship

Meeting for Worship is a form of communion for Friends in which we gather in silence in order to enter a reality that "is always here within us and beside us, available to us as an invisble stream into which we can step at any time." (William Taber) Worship, then, is not something we do but is a state of consciousness which we enter which brings us into communion with the Living Presence.

Welcoming Newcomers

You Are Welcome Here!

Many aspects of a meeting's or worship group's life influence a newcomer's decision to become a regular attendee and active participant. They vitality of your meeting or worship group and the ways you inform newcomers about your faith affect their 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.

Outreach and Publicity

The Role of Outreach

Outreach and publicity are about sharing our spiritual search and insights with those who want to listen. For quakers, outreach and publicity are not about converting people, but rather about helping them understand what we value, do, and how we seek to support each other in living out our faith. Our role is to encourage, resource and help build the confidence of quakers in our corporate responsibility of speaking about our faith and the way we work and worship together. 

Getting Started

Starting A New Quaker Worship Group Or Meeting 

This resource was created as part of FGC's New Meetings Project. Please note that the New Meetings Project has been laid down and is no longer offering direct mentoring and one-on-one support to new meetings.
Quaker worship groups and meetings are dynamic faith communities. It is wonderful that you are considering starting a worship group or meeting!  Below are some tools that will help you in this spiritual endeavor. 

The Necessary, Amazing Power of Story

Story is how we share who we are with those we love the most. We tell and listen to stories of the ordinary and the extraordinary. We delight in stories of cherished moments. We record and catalog them in words and photographs. People of all ages hunger for stories. We may ask, “What did you do at school today,” or “how was the wedding,” or “what did you do on your vacation?” Families that tell their stories are blest. The family with a rich store of tales going back many years is truly fortunate.

Naming Spiritual Gifts within the Meeting

What are spiritual gifts?

Spiritual gifts are given to an individual by the Spirit to carry on behalf of a community. Some examples of spiritual gifts from the Christian New Testament are wisdom, discernment, faith, healing, miracles, and prophecy (I Corinthians 12: 7-11).

Spiritual gifts may not be the same as an individual’s skills or talents; they are essentially on loan from the Spirit.  They are for the benefit of the community rather than the individual.


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