What to Expect in Quaker Meeting for Worship

What can you expect in a Quaker Worship Service? This is a guide for newcomers on the basics: what to expect in Quaker Meeting for Worship.

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Josh Brown
Quakers believe that if you want to find out what God has to say, you need to listen. And so we spend a lot of time listening in quiet prayer. That quiet prayer time, which can happen anytime, anywhere, is the heart of the Quaker religious experience.

What to Expect in Quaker Meeting for Worship

Maggie Harrison
If you are going to go into Quaker Meeting for the first time, first of all, congratulations. So you walk in, sit down, be quiet. What to expect when you’re there, besides just “go with the flow” is different things depending on where you are.
What Should I Wear?

Vanessa Julye
Unlike some other churches, you don’t need to dress up with suit and tie or a fancy dress. Most of the folks come in jeans, t-shirts, or shorts/t-shirts. Whatever you’re comfortable in.
Should I Bring My Kids?

Maggie Harrison
So you’re thinking about coming to Meeting and you have children. You really need to know that you have to bring them. They may or may not enjoy themselves but we’re always so thrilled to have young people join us. They come and they’re bringing their alive-ness and their love and their genuine-ness. So please, yes, bring them.

Entering The Space:
A Plain Setting

Maggie Harrison
So if you come into this space and you’re looking for images or words on the walls, some kind of direction, and you’re going to notice that there isn’t going to be any there. From the very beginning of Quakerism, its about the inside. So it’s about you not looking around you for that, but really going inward for your own wisdom, for your own piece of the divine that’s been given to you.

Kody Hersh
Sometimes a worship room will look like a really old building with benches that have been sat on by thousands of Quakers over hundreds of years and sometimes it will look like the basement of another local church.

Entering the Space:
Where Should I Sit?

Kody Hersh
Something that’s common to them is that people often will enter already in silence, find a place in the room and sit down in silence. Anyone coming into the room can sit anywhere, there’s not a right place or a wrong place to sit.

The Service:
Learning to Listen

Christie Duncan-Tessmer
So before you go into Meeting for Worship for the first time, I’ll tell you what I’ve always told my kids when they were little, every week before we went in, which is just, “remember when you go in, to just sit down and listen for God. God is here with us and this is a space to listen.”

Charlotte Cloyd
The first time I went to Quaker Meeting I didn’t know how to listen. Because I had never listened in church before. I had to work on that process of figuring out: what am I listening for? Am I listening to myself? What’s going on? What is everyone else listening to and how does that affect the community and me?

Maggie Harrison
So in that quiet-ness you walk in, you say, “Ok, everyone is sitting there quietly, when are the directions going to come? What am I going to do?” Just follow suit.

Christie Duncan-Tessmer
Just sit down in that space. Just feel the space and the people around you and open yourself as much as you can. Just continue to notice how you can be aware of all that’s around you and all that’s within you, and how that’s all connected to everybody else in the room.



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  1. QuakerSpeak says:

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  2. mmore242 says:

    Zazen Christ style. I love it!

  3. Chris Strobel says:

    God speaks to us in HIS WORD .. NOT our hearts .. our hearts are deceptive .. HIS WORD is not. Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Quakers read your bibles and trust His Word .. not your hearts.

    2Tim. 3 Verses 16 to 17
    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

  4. Paut Houl says:

    Wake Up!!!

  5. Paut Houl says:

    God is the one ☝️ listening….he is waiting for all of us to come to him through Christ the redeemer ! His word is the calling you will not here unless you read from his Holy Bible!!!!!✝️don’t waist another day!!!!!’n

  6. Paut Houl says:

    I went to Quaker Friends church growing up, we sung hymns , and listened to our preachers sermons,and were lead in prayers and prayed to our holyfather , we did not just sit and listen from what I remember

  7. Yabo Bayo says:

    I am a Muslim and I looooved it seriously.
    I just started watching videos on Quakers and it is pretty cool. I will definitely going to check out their church for sure.

  8. Batman B says:

    Can i look at my phone during quiet prayer, jk

  9. Maria Michael says:

    This truly resonates with me; peaceful, loving, just being x

  10. Maria Michael says:

    Beautiful x

  11. Blue Angel Fly like an Eagle says:

    You mean there is no kind of teaching at least once a week on the Gospels I don't understand how can you leave the Gospels when it was the Messiah who taught us.

  12. peacenlove3 faith says:

    I wish I had this by me, I know I would sit in a corner on the floor, Not being alone when having to conform to regular society ways of rights and wrongs with communication with God would be my dream gathering

  13. Yesica1993 says:

    God speaks through His Word, the Bible.

  14. the Kye family says:

    I don't know yet how I feel I think the idea great but not so much. Because unless people stay in the word and are sanctified and live holy. God ain't gonna speak to you unless your a born again Christian. As Christians we are suppose to already have a prayer closet to pray and meditate and try to listen to God. But if you don't know the word how can you hear God? You can't always.

  15. flummoxed angel says:

    This is lovely

  16. Daybird Aviaries says:

    Coffee, Tea, Ketchup

  17. Kevin DeVlaeminck says:

    This is just strange, certainly not biblical

  18. Eleora Timberlake says:

    Looked up info about modern Quakers after reading about it in AP U.S History. I’m honestly shocked by how much I love these ideas. It seems like something I would love to be a part of. Oops.

  19. 10529Erin says:

    No Bible? No studying the word of God?

  20. Thomas says:

    Watching here in Ireland

  21. the Bible is my boss KJV says:

    Wow sooo weeeiiiirrddd

  22. Ernest Grouns says:

    I feel really drawn to this, there's just a goodness that puts a warmth in my heart.

  23. Hellen Lo says:

    This is every introvert's dream church. I grew up as a pentecostal and feel stressed with the hype, bright lights, monitors, sound systems. How can you possibly listen to anyone let alone God with all that over sensory chaos?

  24. Darlene Lopez says:

    So, no bible study? No requirements of Jesus or baptism? Silent reflection or communing with the higher spirit sounds so much like what I believe should happen more than listening to a preacher. Then I read that Quakers were pacifists. Lost me right there. I do believe in fighting when necessary.

  25. Galland 34 says:

    How can you possibly know without the word of God , ( the Bible ) is what you are listening to in your mind ? Surely this is just humanism. Very very far from the word of God.

  26. Barbara Freeman says:

    The true Christians….Quakers

  27. Lamp-Stand says:

    Sounds nice, until you hear the Quaker doctrine. It is not the orthodox Christian faith.

  28. James Sorensen says:

    There are different kinds of Quakers. Where I live most Quakers are of the evangelical variety. They have 10 or 15 minutes of silent worship but they also have sermons, hymns, and a hierarchy. It was okay for a while, but after an elder told me I should move to another country because I didn't agree with his conservative political views, I left. Now I practice this on my own every day.

  29. Deborah Elle says:

    i took a few online quizzes, they said I should be a Quaker, after watching this. I think I am. never been a fan of gold and glitz. idols and rituals. prayer is communication between the self and God.