Evanston Friends Meeting

Welcome to Evanston Friends Meeting

Evanston Friends Meeting is part of the Religious Society of Friends, otherwise known as the Quakers.

The Quaker way is grounded in our understanding that:

  • Each of us may experience the Divine directly;

  • Each person’s experience of the Divine is unique; and

  • There is that of God in each person and in all creation.

These understandings and experiences foster our growth and transformation. They also lead us to care for others near and far and for the world. We offer many opportunities to get involved. We would be happy to have you join us. We welcome you just as you are.

We worship by gathering in silence, waiting upon the Spirit within. Though the Quaker way grew from Christian roots, we have no creed, but are guided by queries and testimonies. There is no sermon or ritual. A spirit-led message to share with the community may arise through anyone.

If you have questions, please feel free to ask anyone. If you would like to receive further information about the Meeting, sign up for the newsletter, or have someone from the Meeting contact you, then please fill out a contact card on the table just outside the north Meeting Room door and place it in the marked basket. A Meeting member will follow up with you. 

What to Expect at Evanston Friends Meeting

Worship begins at 10 A.M. (Often before 10:00, we sing hymns. You are welcome to come early and join in the singing.)

At 10:15, children of middle school age or younger are invited downstairs for religious education or childcare. Children are also welcome to stay in Meeting until the end of worship. Childcare for younger children is available from 9:45 onward and for all children following Meeting until the end of Sunday events.

Around 11:00, a Meeting member will invite the sharing of joys and concerns. We conclude worship by shaking hands. Meeting is followed with introductions and announcements and then with social time. 

Children’s Programs

Children and youth attending the Meeting are an integral and valuable part of the community. The Meeting provides warm, engaging childcare to infants and children younger than school-age.

School-age children through middle school are invited to be a part of the Meeting’s worship (upstairs in the Meeting room) for the first fifteen minutes (10:00 to 10:15) and then attend religious education classes (during the school year).  Optionally, during that first fifteen minutes prior to the start of classes, children and family members are invited to participate in the worship service downstairs in Friendship Hall .  Our nursery staff is available to worship with your child/grandchild of any age.  Classes then start at 10:15 and end at 11:30.

High school age children transition into adult roles in the community. As a community, we seek to nurture the spiritual lives of our children and prepare them for responsible, informed, and loving participation in the life of the Meeting, in their families, and in their communities.  High school age children are always welcome to attend and participate in the Middle School classes.

Worship with us!

Evanston Friends Meeting
1010 Greenleaf Street
Evanston, IL 60202
United States
Meeting Times: 

Each Sunday

9:15 am – 9:55 am: Pre-meeting singing around the piano

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Meeting for Worship (10:00 –10:15 for young children)

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Announcements, Coffee/Tea, and Socializing

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Meeting for Learning (except Second and Third Sunday)

Childcare is available from 9:45 until the end of Meeting activities. First Day School is available during the regular school year for school-age children through Middle School. 

Monthly Schedule

First Sunday: Birthday celebrations at rise of Meeting

Second Sunday: Potluck Lunch begins at 11:30

Third Sunday: Pancake Breakfast begins at 8:45; Meeting for Business begins at 11:30

Fourth Sunday: Simple Meal begins at 12:30