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.

All are welcome

We are centrally located, right next door to the Bluecoat Arts Centre and behind Primark. The building is accessible to all, has a lift to all floors, disabled facilities and an induction loop system.

Meeting for Worship is held:

Sundays: 10.30am This is our main Meeting of the week and lasts about an hour – it’s held in the large Meeting Room on the first floor, there is a doorkeeper on the Ground floor to greet people. It is a good idea to arrive a little before 10.30am to settle in

Thursdays: 1pm Friends gather from about 12.30 on the 3nd floor. The Meeting is usually smaller, very friendly and last for about half an hour.

Curious about Quakers 12.20pm – 12.45pm every Thursday – a friendly drop in for those who are interested in Quakers and their worship. Takes place at the Big Table on the ground floor

Children’s Meeting: Children are welcome to attend Meetings. There are also scheduled children’s meetings on 3rd Sunday of each Month.

If you are thinking of coming to a Meeting but would like to talk to someone first then please phone or email Lisa Hoyle, our Outreach Worker, details are on the Contact page.

Faith and Practice

This book describes the practices and procedures used by Quakers, offer inspirational extracts from Quaker literature, and contain “advices” and “queries” (guidance and questions to help Friends examine themselves and their lives as they strive to live more fully in the Light).