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. 
    • Click here for more details about BFM Covid restrictions and information about our weekly activities and worship
    • Child Care for ages 6 months-pre-K is available in the Child Care room (lower level in the Meetinghouse).  during 11:00 a.m. worship.  See information and guidelines here.  
    • First Day School meets September through mid-June on the first and third Sundays during 11:00 a.m. worship for fully vaccinated teachers and children in grades K-8.  Please see the FDS schedule and guidelines in our weekly bulletin. 


      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.


      See more videos and learn more about Quakers at quakerspeak.com


      The Social Concern for June is Comfort Cases, a project suggested by the students in BFM's First Day School. Comfort Cases works to “make a difference in the life of a child in foster care” by providing a new backpack or duffel bag with PJs, a stuffed animal to hug, a blanket, toiletries, and a fun book to each child who is entering the foster care system. The group also engages communities and educates the public about the issues facing youth in foster care, for example by providing volunteer opportunities for all ages. Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/about-us.


      Sunday, July 10, 2022, 9-10 a.m.
      Invitation to Threshing Session on the Diversity Change Group's June 5 proposal

      • All are invited to a Threshing session to be held on July 10, 2022 at 9-10 a.m. via Zoom.
      • The topic will be the proposal to engage external experts to guide BFM on a journey toward BFM’s collective identity and commitments as it pertains to redressing systemic racism in ourselves, our community, and the wider world.
      • For the Zoom link, please use our Contact Us form

      Want more information? Join us for a Q&A on Sunday June 19. at 12:15 p.m. 

      • Representatives of the Threshing Prep & Diversity Change groups will be available to answer questions.
      • To join, stay on the Zoom link for Meeting for Worship. 
      COVID-19 AND END OF LIFE ISSUES
      • 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. 


      COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS

      • The Comparative Religions class is discussing a 12-lecture series from Great Courses entitled Introduction to the Qur'an, taught by Prof. Martyn Oliver of American University.

      • Meeting weekly by Zoom, on Tuesdays, at 7:00 p.m.  Includes a half-hour video lecture and a half hour discussion. Text of the lectures are also provided. 

      • Join anytime as the sessions are independent of each other.

      • For more details and to obtain the Zoom link, click here. 

      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)

      RECURRING EVENTS

      Sunday Meeting for Worship

      (Please click here to see BFM's worship schedule

      11:00 AM Every Sunday 


      Visitors are welcome.

      BFM Book Group

      Via Zoom while our Meetinghouse is closed.

      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

      www.bethesdafriends.org
      301-986-8681
      info@bethesdafriends.org

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