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Apple Seed Friends Meeting

ABOUT APPLE SEED MEETING

Apple Seed Friends Meeting is one of approximately 40 Meetings and Worship Groups of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) found today throughout California.

 Ours is a relatively new meeting, formed about 20 years ago to serve the needs of those living in western Sonoma County, California. We are part of Pacific Yearly Meeting and College Park Quarterly Meeting.

Apple Seed Friends Meeting holds weekly Meetings for Worship every Sunday at 10:00 A.M. in Many Rivers Books & Tea, 130 South Main Street, Suite 101, Sebastopol, California.

 We are an “unprogrammed” meeting; we gather in silence, in expectant waiting upon God. This communal search for God’s word is the heart and soul of each Quaker Meeting. Silence continues throughout meeting for worship unless broken by a member who has been moved by the Spirit to spoken ministry. Customarily, a period of silent contemplation then follows to allow each member to reflect on, and understand, the deeper meaning behind the words.

Apple Seed Friends Meeting holds weekly Meetings for Worship every Sunday at 10:00 A.M. in Many Rivers Books & Tea, 130 South Main Street, Suite 101, Sebastopol, California.

 

 ABOUT QUAKERS AND QUAKERISM

Quakers began in England in 1652 under the initial leadership of George Fox, who was joined by his wife Margaret Fell in a return to “primitive Christianity.” They carried throughout England and the Americas the messages of continuing revelation, the priesthood of all believers, and the presence of the “Light” within each person.

  • “Continuing revelation” means that God continues to reveal Truth directly to individuals.
  • The “priesthood of all believers” means that each person has a direct and personal contact with his or her Creator, without the necessity of intermediaries such as priests or ministers.
  • The presence of the “Light Within” signifies that each individual holds within her- or himself a spark of the Divine.

In consequence of these beliefs, a striking diversity of theological beliefs exists among Friends. We are a traditional “Peace Church.”  Also, most Quakers accept the experientially derived “Testimonies” to guide our lives:

  • Simplicity
  • Peace
  • Integrity
  • Community
  • Equality
  • Stewardship of Nature

As an outgrowth of these Testimonies, many Quakers have embraced social activism in areas such as prison reform, earthcare, racial justice and gender equality. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947, is one of many socially active arms of Quakerism. Information about this and other Quaker groups can be found at fcnl.org/about/quaker/quaker_organizations/

Meeting Times

Sundays, 10:00 A.M.

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516-383-9493
Many Rivers Books & Tea
130 South Main Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
United States
Meeting Times: 

Sundays, 10:00 A.M.