Bethesda Friends Meeting

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COVID-19 Meeting Information

Bethesda Friends are worshiping together

on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via two venues 

  1. Indoors in the Meetinghouse at the Sidwell Friends Lower School, 
  2. Online via Zoom. 

      Welcome to Bethesda Friends Meeting

      We're Quakers who meet every Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
      Our meetinghouse is on the Sidwell Friends Lower School campus.
      We are now worshiping via Zoom as well as indoors.  

      We strive for:

      SIMPLICITY - Learning to discern the essential from the non-essential.

      PEACE - Living in a spirit that takes away the occasion for all war.

      INTEGRITY - Being who we truly are and truly meaning what we say.

      COMMUNITY - Knowing that we need one another in order to be whole.

      EQUALITY - Knowing that everyone, everywhere is equally precious to God. This includes people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, races, ethnicities, levels of resources, and theological perspectives.

      STEWARDSHIP - Caring for the environment and using time and resources wisely, not wastefully.

      We are a welcoming community.
      We believe there is that of the Divine
      in every person.

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      BFM's Social Concern for November is

      A Wider Circle  

      A Wider Circle is the recipient for the Social Concerns Box in December. It is a local non-profit organization that assists individuals and families moving out of shelters to more stable living situations. A Wider Circle also offers intensive courses on job skills, financial planning, stress management, nutrition, and parenting. Its mission is to end poverty. Anyone in need of help can find it there. In one year, A Wider Circle furnished the homes of more than 13,300 children and adults and delivered more than 400 educational programs. They also recycled more than three million pounds of furniture and home goods. More than 10,000 volunteers serve at A Wider Circle annually, including members of BFM.

      To donate to this Social Concern, please go to  Be sure to designate that your contribution is for the social concern. 

      Pandemic Silver Linings

      We are nearing the end of 2022, and we've been asking whether the pandemic led to any surprising, helpful, delightful, or important personal discoveries.

        Sunlight shines on a glass of water next to a pad of paper and a pen. (iStock photo)

        Does this question speak to you? If so, please consider sharing what you learned. 

        • An outline might be: What did you discover? How did you discover it? What difference did it make? 
        • Writers of all ages are welcome. Brevity, too. Anonymity is fine; photos and artwork are very welcome.  
        • Please email contributions to both Peggy E. and Frank G. (see your print directory). 
        • To visit the current submissions, please click here.  

        Discovery Session, November 2022:  Collective Journey to Redress Systemic Racism

        The Diversity Change group will hold a Discovery Session on Sunday, November 6 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for F(f)riends who are participating in the Collective Journey. The purpose of the Discovery Session is for the leaders (Rob and Lucy) to get to know Bethesda Friends better prior to the start of the formal Collective Journey for inward/outward healing pertaining to Systemic Racism on December 3. During the Discovery conversations, participants will have the opportunity to get learn something about the leaders' planned approach and plans for the journey experience. Please use our Contact Us form for additional information. 

        • BFM has formed an End of Life Group to provide legal, spiritual, and practical resources to help our community cope with the uncertainties and fears surrounding the end of life. 
        • The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly elevated concerns about the health of family and friends, and the possibility that they could become gravely ill and die. 
        • Although conversations with our loved ones about such a possibility are difficult, it’s important to prepare.
        • Please click here to see more details and resources. 


        • All are invited as the comparative religions study group begins a year-long course in October: "Exploring the Roots of Religion," a lecture series from Great Courses. We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. for a half hour lecture and a half hour discussion. 

        • A group of 8 to 10 has been meeting, and we greatly enjoy the fellowship as much as the lessons. You are welcome to join anytime.  For more information on the weekly topic, please click here

        • Use our Contact Us form to get the Zoom link, or see your email bulletin. Each session is self-contained, so you can attend any session.

        Upcoming events

        Black Lives Matter walk in Bethesda, MD

        Resource: How to Calculate your Carbon Footprint

        To follow up on this past event

        Use our Carbon Footprint Resources (pdf)


        Sunday Meeting for Worship

        (Please click here to see BFM's worship schedule

        11:00 AM Every Sunday 

        Visitors are welcome.

        BFM Book Group

        This vibrant group is now meeting via Zoom, discussing a variety of books on both Quaker and non-Quaker topics.

        Please contact Leslie S. [see Directory] for an update.

        1:30 - 3:15 PM
        2nd Saturday of each month

        Please click here to find the event on our calendar.

        Wednesday Mid-Week Worship

        While the Meeting House is closed, our mid-week Worship on Wednesdays is meeting virtually.

        If you wish to join the  group, please read the weekly announcement here. After the virtual Meeting there is a sharing time afterwards. 

        8:00-8:30 PM
        Every Wednesday

        Bethesda Friends Meeting

        Mailing Address:
        P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824

        Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

        We are a member of the Religious Society of Friends

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