PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE ADAPTED OUR PRACTICE TO OBSERVE HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS SINCE COVID. YOU ARE NO LESS WELCOME, WE JUST WANT YOU TO BE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.
When you arrive you will be welcomed at the door by one of our meeting members. They will show you to the room where our meeting takes place and offer you an explanatory leaflet. You do not need to be a Quaker to come to our meetings.
We worship sitting in a circle and remain silent for the duration of the meeting. There is no altar, nor any religious symbols just a central table on which there are flowers, a Bible, a copy of Quaker Faith and Practice and one or two other books for contemplation which you are welcome to read. You can choose to sit anywhere in the circle of chairs.
The meeting lasts one hour and during this time, spontaneous ministry may be offered by anyone present. It is customary to stand when ministering and to leave a space before and after ministry to allow for reflection.
Our meeting ends at 11.30 when the Elder, Overseer or Clerk will shake the hands of the people sitting next to them. An opportunity will be given to share any thoughts which have arisen during the meeting but weren’t offered as ministry, we will share news of absent friends and the Clerk will give notices. Afterwards you are invited to share tea or coffee and biscuits with us and ask questions should you wish to do so.