Meeting for Worship
Meeting for Worship is the cornerstone of Quaker Faith. It is when two or more people gather together to wait in for the spirit. Meeting for Worship can happen at any time of day and in any place.
As a matter of convenience Quakers tend to hold formal meeting for worship on Sunday mornings in established meeting houses. In a formal meeting as soon as the first person goes into the meeting room then worship starts. The first 15 minutes are usually quiet as people join in the meeting and start to focus their thoughts.
At any time anyone can share their thoughts and feelings with the meeting. This happens in a spontaneous way and is described as being led by the spirit to minister. We discourage pre-prepared ministry; it should come from the spirit in the meeting that day.
Meeting for Worship could be seen as merely a group of people sitting in silence, but the experience is often very different from this. In the stillness, worshippers connect with each other and make a spiritual connection. It can be a very magical and life-affirming experience.