COVID-19 Meeting Information
Bethesda Friends are worshiping together
on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via two venues
You are always welcome at a Quaker Meeting for Worship!
Quaker Meetings are open to all, Quaker and non-Quaker alike. If you would like to join us and share in our stillness, come! Our common ground is the experience of worship.
As we sit in silent worship as a community, we carefully listen in contemplative expectation of Divine guidance for ourselves and our community. We find both peace of mind and challenging insights, deep community and a renewed sense of individual purpose.
During our meetings for worship, it may be that a message comes to someone along with the clear knowledge that the message is to be shared. We listen to messages, and in our quiet center, consider what, if any, part of it might speak to us.
Toward the end of Meeting for Worship, people are invited to share joys and sorrows and to ask that a particular close relative or friend be “held in the Light.” The end of Meeting for Worship is indicated when those sitting nearby shake hands. It is a custom to ask visitors, or people who have been away for awhile, to introduce themselves to the community. There may be a few announcements. An important announcement is to introduce a member of the Pastoral Care Committee who is there to listen to any questions and concerns that one might have. It is customary to linger for a time when Meeting is over to greet one another and usually to share refreshments.
Other Meetings for Worship
Worship Sharing offers a safe and loving environment where Friends are encouraged to give voice to their inner search. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in vital ways. In the proposed revision of Faith & Practice (2012), p. 25, there are some guidelines for this: