of Meeting for Worship
Go in as soon
as you are ready-there is no prearranged seating. Each person who
enters the meeting room contributes to the spiritual seeking which
is the purpose for our waiting in silence. The silent meeting for
worship provides each participant the opportunity to seek that inner
stillness where God may be experienced. While the Religious Society
of Friends has no creed, we believe there is that of God in every
person and that each of us can sense the Inner Light directly.
An Inward Teacher makes known its intentions for us.
"gathered meeting" a person may speak from the heart as directed
by the Spirit. The sense of searching for God in the company of
other seekers preserves the Meeting for Worship as a time apart
from conversation. Each period of worship is unique; frequently
the silence becomes eloquent and we are aware of a prevailing Presence.
Children are important to the Meeting community, they are acquainted
with the quiet and provided classes and activities as appropriate.
Someone designated to "break meeting" shakes hands - usually after
an hour - and everyone present is encouraged to greet those nearby
with a handshake. Verbal greetings continue beyond the meeting,
room as fellowship is deepened and as the concerns which grow from
spiritual experience seek expression in our lives.