About Quakers

Quaker Week 23rd September - 1st October 2023

Quaker Meetings

All people, including children, are welcome and accepted at a Quaker meeting. We don’t subscribe to creeds or doctrine but rather we try to help each other work out how we should live.

How we worship

Quaker meetings for worship can be held anywhere, at any time but most commonly in a Quaker Meeting House on Sunday mornings. Every meeting begins in silence. We use it to open ourselves to the wisdom that comes out of stillness. It enriches us and shapes us, individually and collectively. This is what we mean by 'worship'.

You can read more about how we worship, but the best way to understand it fully is to go to a Quaker meeting.  You can find out more about Quaker worship on other pages of the website here or here.

Quaker faith and practice

We recognise that there is something precious in every person. Quakers use different words to describe this, but essentially we believe that anyone can be in contact with God or encounter something beyond our own selves. Quaker faith is a search for truth, like a journey but we all arrive at our own faith destinations, in our own way.   Our individual faith is considered central to the whole journey of life.

Quakerism is almost 400 years old.  We are also known as the Religious Society of Friends. It grew out of non-conformist Christianity and today we also find rich meaning and value in other faiths. Quakers don't use traditional religious structures or paid ministers, which leads us to share the responsibility for what needs organising and do so in a way which values each individual’s contribution.