We gather together each week without priest or pastor in a meditative silence of expectant waiting. The silence of our group worship is not an emptiness crying out to be filled, but a disciplined and contemplative openness to the Spirit of God. We ask those who join us in worship to listen attentively to the harmony of this silent waiting and to any vocal ministry offered by those who are moved by the Spirit to speak out of the silence. Receive what is said openly. Each contribution rightly given will help someone. Those who find that the shared vocal ministry does not speak to them may let is wash over them as they remain centered. It is often possible for those present in a Meeting for Worship to become aware of a divine love and spiritual fullness that transcends ordinary existence.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive by 10 a.m. if you have children to bring to the Sunday Schoolhouse. This will allow time to introduce your children to the First Day School teachers. First time attenders are encouraged to arrive by 10:20 a.m., come right into the meetinghouse, sign our visitors register, find a seat on a bench, and settle in for silent worship which begins at 10:30 a.m.
After the close of worship, marked by participants shaking hands, feel free to introduce yourself–and if you wish to know more about Quaker faith and practice, the Richland Friends Meeting, or the larger Religious Society of Friends, please ask. Someone will be glad to talk with you. We have books and other literature that are available for loan or purchase. This website also includes links for online resources for learning more about the Religious Society of Friends.
Child Care and First Day School : Supervision for First Day School students and childcare for younger children is regularly provided during the 10:30 Meeting for Worship time. They are following the curriculum developed by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Our FDS is small but active and we welcome new families at any time. All children are accompanied by their First Day School teachers as they walk from the Sunday School building to the meetinghouse where they join their parents for the final 15 minutes of Meeting for Worship. This gives them a chance to experience silent worship, practice centering themselves and to hear or voice vocal ministry. Our mission: To create a loving community of adults and children in First Day School where we can experience, understand and practice Quaker Faith.
RICHLAND FRIENDS MEETING
300 YEARS OF QUAKERS IN QUAKERTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA