What do we mean by worship?
As Quakers we seek a direct experience of the divine rather than one mediated by a person in authority. This allows people with a range of interpretations to gather together in our Meetings, some people within our Meetings are non-theist and some have an understanding routed in God. We believe that each person brings their own light and the Meeting allows us to “cherish our spirit”.
The significance of worship
_‘Worship is our response to an awareness of God. We can worship alone, but when we join with others in expectant waiting we may discover a deeper sense of God’s presence. We seek a a gathered stillness in our meetings for worship so that all may feel the power of God’s love drawing us together and leading us.” Advices & Queries paragraph 8
Coming to a meeting for the first time:
All are welcome to attend our meetings and find out if (in the words of George Fox) they “answer to your condition”. Our Thursday meetings 1pm are generally shorter and smaller and can offer a good opportunity to explore for the first time attender but new comers are equally welcome at Sunday meetings. It is suggested that you arrive at the Meeting House a few minutes before the start of Meeting so that you can be comfortable and relaxed.
Our practice places a requirement on us all to take responsibility for our own faith journey. There is a lot of help available if you want it but you will not feel pressured to make any kind of commitment.