From 18 March 2020, all meetings for worship at Lewes Quaker Meeting are suspended. Please do not come to the meeting house for meeting for worship.
The local meeting has taken advice from Quakers in Britain not to gather in person while the current social distancing guidance is in force. This is in line with advice that people should avoid large public gatherings or any gatherings in smaller places (eg cinemas, restaurants, pubs, etc.). Government guidance has made clear that religious gatherings are included in this category. Many other faiths and denominations have announced they will also cease public acts of worship.
Friends, let us hold each other and the whole world in the light.
For further information, see https://www.quaker.org.uk/news-and-events/news/cancellation-of-national-quaker-events
Instead of gathering in person, there are several options for on-line (virtual) meetings, which all are welcome to join. Visit https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/about/online-mfw/ to find out more.
A local Friend writes, “Friends, there are many people around the world who are able to raise themselves up into that plane of consciousness called the Spirit and Light of God – let us join them in that place! We may be physically separated and feel isolated but we can never really be separated whilst we are mindful of the Power of God’s Spirit and Light in which we are all joined as One. Equally. When early Friends stood in the Light and Power of God they were never overcome by the Shadow; they stood strong in the face of adversity, keeping their hearts and minds free from the entanglements so they may be guided clearly into Truth …. This is our heritage. At this time we have a great shadow looming over us and like early Quakers we must stand strong for the sake of all …; we must not allow our hearts and minds to sink into the abyss but remain as Light with the strength of God’s Spirit at our backs, and help where we can. On Sunday morning, at our usual time for Meeting for Worship, I ask Friends please to join with me for 15 minutes of silence, from our separate-ness, to call upon the God of our Hearts and Minds to raise us up into that place of Power in Spirit and Light so we might become a living channel, and send … love and healing to all those in need. We have long since proclaimed this Power so let us now activate it, and as we receive so shall we give. We are all part of the Oneness of Life which enables us to connect with all living things. Through this Oneness we can join others around the world as a beacon of conscious spiritual action; rising above the Shadow so we might see more clearly how God may direct us. Are you with me?”
Open hearts, open minds
Quakers try to live in truth, peace, simplicity and equality, finding God in ourselves and in those around us. Our meetings for worship offer a welcoming opportunity for spiritual exploration.
Quakers seek to experience God directly, within themselves and in their relationship with others and in the world around them. They meet together for worship in local meetings which are open to all who wish to attend. The Quaker commitment to peace arises from the conviction that love is at the heart of existence and that all human beings are unique and equal. This leads Quakers to put their faith into action by working locally and globally to change the systems that cause injustice and violent conflict. Quakers try to live simply. They are concerned about the excesses and unfairness of our consumer society and the unsustainable use of natural resources.
from Quaker Faith & Practice
Be aware of the spirit of God at work in the ordinary activities and experience of your daily life. Spiritual learning continues throughout life, and often in unexpected ways. There is inspiration to be found all around us, in the natural world, in the sciences and arts, in our work and friendships, in our sorrows as well as in our joys. Are you open to new light, from whatever source it may come? Do you approach new ideas with discernment?
- Advices & Queries, 7
Meetings for Worship
Sunday mornings 10:30 – 11:30
(including Children’s Meeting)
Sunday evenings 18:30 – 19:00
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