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Meetings for Worship

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What is a Quaker Meeting for Worship like? 

If you have not been to a Quaker meeting before, please read this page!

The bedrock of the Quaker way is the silent meeting for worship. We seek a communal gathered stillness, where we can be open to inspiration from the Spirit of God and find peace of mind, a renewed sense of purpose for living, and joy to wonder at God's creation.

During our meetings for worship some may feel moved to speak: something anyone can do, as all are considered equal. Quakers do not have priests, or a hierarchy, as we find that all people can have a direct relationship with God.

You do not have to be a Quaker to attend Quaker meetings, which are open to anyone.
Arrive a little before the time the meeting should start, so you can find your way about and settle down in time. You will be welcomed at the door, and you can ask as many questions as you like!

There are no priests or ministers, and no-one has a ‘special place’ to sit. Just enter the meeting room and find a chair you like the look of.

The meeting will gradually settle into a very still silence, as everyone sits quietly and relaxes. Some people may read quietly, some may sit with their eyes closed, others may just sit. Most people are trying to ‘centre down’, waiting quietly and humbly for 'the promptings of love and truth in their hearts' which are the 'leadings of God'. Sometimes someone may stand up and speak briefly, if they feel strongly moved. Often there is a sort of ‘theme’ to the meeting, especially if the silence is very deep and ‘gathered’.

Towards the end of the meeting the children (if present) will join the meeting. The meeting will end with two people shaking hands. This will be followed by a short period for 'afterthoughts' from anyone on the exercise of the meeting, followed by some notices, and then tea, coffee and biscuits.

Please join us! 

Where we meet

The Winchester Quaker Meeting House is situated behind the Abbey Gardens and close to the Cathedral. 

For map, click here.

Meetings during the current Coronavirus Crisis

During the current health crisis we will not be holding meetings for worship at Winchester Quaker Meeting House, but instead ask you to join us in spirit from home as we meet at 10-11am each Sunday morning.

If you would like to connect with us by audio/video link, we encourage you to do so.

Please e-mail winchesterquakerwarden@gmail.com asking for the link to log in for meeting.

You might like to join between 9:00-9:30am, to allow time to check your connection, and we would hope to offer you basic technical support if required. We will be unable to provide any help from 9:50 am, as Meeting will then be settling into silence. You will receive further details in an email.

You could also join us from home for Meeting for Worship on Wednesdays 12:30-13:00, but just in spirit, knowing that others are doing the same, without the technology.