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Who are Quakers?
We are people who believe that there is something of God in everyone, and who therefore recognise no barriers of colour, class or sex. We are disinclined to make dogmatic statements about the nature of Jesus, but believe that the way of life Jesus taught can inspire each one of us. In meetings for worship free from formalities people of widely differing views find an underlying unity without being called upon to accept what they cannot affirm.
Meeting for Worship
We seek a gathered stillness in our meetings for worship so that all may feel the power of God’s love drawing us together and leading us. The silence may be broken if someone present feels called on to say something that will deepen and enrich the worship, in response to the prompting of the Spirit. The silence is broken for the moment, but the stillness is not interrupted. The meeting will close when Elders, followed by all those present, have shaken hands (during the Coronavirus pandemic, we make the ‘namaste’ gesture instead of shaking hands).
Our worship at Abingdon continues in the period we call Afterwords. It is an opportunity to share with the meeting thoughts and insights which come to us during the silence or other matters we have on our minds which may not have led to spoken ministry.
Notices, from the Clerk and other Friends are followed by tea and coffee.
Our regular Business Meeting for Worship takes place after coffee, normally on the first Sunday of alternate, odd numbered, months.
If you are wondering what God may be,
Looking for a purpose in life,
Craving company, or seeking solitude,
Come to our Meeting for worship!
We shall not ask you to speak or sing,
We shall not ask you what you believe,
We shall simply offer you our friendship,
And a chance to sit quietly and think,
And perhaps somebody will speak,
And perhaps somebody will read,
And perhaps somebody will pray,
And perhaps you will find here
That which you are seeking...
We are not saints,
We are not cranks,
We are not different -
Except that we believe,
That God's light is in us all,
Waiting to be discovered.