What happens in our Quaker meeting?

 


 

 

Our Quaker meeting are based on silence: a silence of waiting and listening to the promptings of the spirit in our hearts, which we understand as rising from God. Most meetings last for about an hour.


The silence is different from the silence of solitary meditation, as the listening and waiting in a Quaker meeting is a shared experience in which worshippers seek to experience God for themselves. In our meeting, the seating is arranged in a circle to help people be aware of one another and conscious of the fact that they are worshipping together as equals. Other meetings may adopt different seating arrangements. There are no priests or ministers.


The silence may be broken if someone present feels called to say something that will deepen and enrich the worship. Anyone is free to speak, pray, or read aloud if they feel strongly led to do so. This breaks the silence for the moment but does not interrupt it.


In the quietness of the meeting, we can become aware of a deep and powerful spirit of love and truth, transcending our ordinary, day-to-day experiences. This sense of direct contact with the divine is at the heart of the Quaker way of worship and nourishes Quakers in the rest of their daily lives. www.quaker.org.uk