Introduction to Meeting for Worship
Quakers in Lewes gather for meeting for worship on Sunday mornings starting at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Just come along. If it is your first meeting, you might not know what to expect, but rest assured your presence will be welcomed. A Friend will greet you at the door. You can choose where to sit within the main meeting room; benches and chairs are arranged in a circle. On your way in, you might like to choose a leaflet about Quakerism to read, if this is your first visit. Quaker meetings take place mainly in silent worship. If a Friend is moved to speak, he or she will stand and minister.
Sometimes the meeting will be entirely silent. Sometimes there is a great deal of ministry. The Sunday meeting will last approximately one hour, and will conclude when an appointed Friend shakes hands with another Friend. Then we all shake hands with Friends on either side of us. After Sunday morning meeting there will be notices (information, news, and upcoming events) given by the clerk, and a chance of introduce yourself if you want to. After the rise of Sunday morning meeting, Friends retire to the children’s room to enjoy tea, coffee, biscuits and conversation. You are more than welcome to join us.
Sunday morning meeting lasts for an hour. Sunday evening and mid-week meetings are usually smaller, and last for half an hour rather than an hour.
Afterward, you might want to discuss your experience of the meeting with someone. There will be an Elder on duty who can speak to you and answer any questions your might have. There is no need to do any preparation before attending a Quaker meeting for the first time, but if you would like to find out more, you might be interested in the on-line version of Quaker faith & practice, or visiting the main website of Quakers in Britain. Please do join us.