Penn Valley Friends

We’d love to have you join us for worship. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is not a closed community but a group of seekers like you.
Penn Valley Friends Meeting is an “unprogrammed Meeting.” The Quaker worshipping community has traditionally been called a Meeting for Worship. The worship is “unprogrammed” because there is no order of service and we have no pastor or minister. These are practices that follow from the convictions of those who founded the Religious Society of Friends in the seventeenth century.
What to Expect in Worship:
As an unprogrammed meeting of Quakers, Friends worship in silence. As 10 am approaches, conversation dies down and Friends settle into silence. As we gather in silence, we wait expectantly for the leading of the Spirit. Speaking in Meeting is unprogrammed.  Anyone who feels led by the Inner Light to express a message shares that inspiration. Friends believe that every person can have a direct experience of the Divine without human intermediaries.
Sometimes the time for worship may pass completely in contemplative silence. At other times, several people may speak for a few minutes.
During the last ten minutes of worship, Friends (including you) are encouraged to share joys, sorrows, and concerns in a spirit of worship.
We break meeting by shaking hands and greeting those around us. Then a Friend will lead us through introductions and announcements. We go around the room, sharing our names and any announcements we have. If it is your first time at meeting, we’d love to hear you say a few words about who you are.

What's New

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Event Date: 
04/30/2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

After worship this coming First Day, Friends will do some spring cleaning in the Meetinghouse.  Feel free to bring a sack lunch and preferred cleaning supplies.  


Operating with the belief that all truth is simple and easy to understand we invite each other to respond to the scripture by reading the word with who we are.  It is suggested we read the chosen scripture each day and when and if we feel the urge to respond on paper we journal our response and on Sunday morning at 9:00 we share our response. We might share a prayer, poem, short story,drawing, song, or another scripture from other Holy books.  We begin with silence and end in silence. 

All are welcome to join us.  From Sharon Eiker.


The White Privilege Conference is coming to Kansas City, Thursday, April 27-Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Downtown Marriott.  Penn Valley Friends will be providing hospitality and a potluck dinner for Quaker attendees at the conference.  Make sure you mark your calendars and attend if at all possible.  And, if not able to do that, do help us put out the welcome mat to our Quaker Friends from throughout the U.S. by planning on attending worship and the potluck dinner after on Thursday evening.

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"A Quaker testimony is a belief that stems from our fundamental understanding of religious truth. It is a corporately held belief about how we should individually act.


This section includes resources on how to discern that one is being led to share a message in worship.  


To give you a taste of what being Quaker means, we are sharing some videos from Quakerspeak.  Feel free to listen to the voices of Quakers from throughout the larger community.


Worship with us!

(816) 931-5256
Penn Valley Friends Meeting
4405 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
United States
Meeting Times: 
Meeting for Worship: 10am-11am, First Days (Sunday)
Fellowship: 11am-11:30am
After Meeting Program: 11:30-12:30
Informal Meeting for Worship: 6:30-7:30 pm, First Days