Quakers use the word Meeting to refer both to our community and to our act of worship together.
“For me the focused, expectant silence of the meeting was like nothing I’d ever
experienced. Birdsong or traffic noises would mingle with the occasional cough,
or creak of a seat, within the room. And after perhaps 10 minutes there would
be a sense of the silence deepening – like a coastal shelf falling away beneath
our feet. A profound, inner stillness would descend as fidgeting diminished and
superficial sounds receded into the background.” (The singer Tom Robinson)
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“Quakerism is a way of life that is shaped by a deep commitment to peace, simplicity, truth and equality. This commitment is nourished and rooted in our experience of silent
and attentive worship and grows from a belief in the sanctity of all life and that there is something sacred in everyone. For Quakers, the source and inspiration for all we do is in our worship. Week by week, we join together in expectant silence, opening our hearts to the Divine, both beyond and within ourselves.
This helps to shape our relationships and our daily lives, informing our choices and challenging us to live a different kind of life.” (www.quaker.org.uk)
22 members of Winchmore Hill Quakers wrote a booklet, each submitting one paragraph about why they came to our worship.
Read about worship in British Quakers’ book Quaker Faith and Practice .
Winchmore Hill Meeting Elders are given responsibility to look out for the quality of our worship and the meeting’s spiritual growth. (Like all Quaker posts, these jobs are regularly reappointed: we have no professional clergy.)
Elders produced some Guidance to help us.