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Seeking A Spiritual Home?

We welcome you to worship with us either in our beautiful and historic stone meetinghouse or virtually on Zoom. We are an active, caring community of families and individuals of all ages who come together to worship in the tradition of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).  Friends meetings are spiritual communities of people who gather for worship, business and friendship. Each Sunday we gather in meeting for worship to listen for the still, small voice of God stirring within us.  Friends seek to experience the presence of the living God in individual religious practice and in meetings for worship and for business.

 

Sunday worship is held in person at the meetinghouse and virtually on Zoom.  We call this “blended worship” and it begins at 10:00 am and ends at 11:15 am. Children and youth attend worship with their parents from 10:00 am until10:30 am and then have group activities and programs in our classroom wing. 

 

Midweek meeting for worship is held virtually every Wednesday on Zoom from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

 

Once a month we meet together in a Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, to take care of the business of the meeting community. These meetings are held virtually on Zoom the first Sunday of each month.

 

Due to the presence of Covid 19, masks will be required in all indoor spaces at the meetinghouse for everyone participating in-person (except children under the age of 2). Masks are available for those who need them.

If you would like to join us by zoom please send an email to BirminghamFriendsMtg@gmail.com for log-in information.

Click here for our Weekly Bulletin - a publication that shares important meeting information, events, programs, and the schedule of the Children and Youth program.

We are located at

1245 Birmingham Rd.

West Chester, PA 19382

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How Do We Worship?

We Gather In Worship

Quakers begin worship by entering quietly and finding a seat in the meetinghouse. Worship lasts for about an hour. On many Sundays, we have an opening exercise prior to the beginning of worship, in which a Friend shares an inspirational message or story. Then we settle into worship, gathering in prayerful silence with neither clergy nor liturgy. Stillness is an integral part of the meeting for worship as all of us try to center in the gathering silence and to be open to that of God within. Listening together, we share the experience of being filled with and led by the Spirit. Anyone who feels that God requires them to share the “Light” given to them may rise and speak. That ministry may come as a prayer, a spoken message, a song or even the babbling of an infant. Following spoken messages the silence resumes so that all can reflect on the message. Worship is followed by welcoming guests and announcements. Afterwards Friends gather for refreshments and socializing.

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There can be complete unity of worship without a single word being said.  I have known a few such meetings and shall never forget them.  It was their silence, not their words that was memorable.  And even one short sentence, spoken nervously at the spirit's prompting, is better than a well-phrased five minute talk prepared beforehand.
Clive Sansom, 1963