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Lake Forest Friends Meeting

Join us for First Day (Sunday) Worship in-person or online. (see the listing of worship times for links to online sessions.)
Safety precautions, including face coverings and social distancing, will be required for all in attandance.

All other Lake Forest Friends Meeting events, including Midweek Meeting for Worship and Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, continue to be online-only at this time.

Look for the online session link in event postings or contact the event organizer/committee convener to get the link.

We invite all to worship with us.

Please join us for unprogrammed Quaker meeting for worship. We center without words or music to listen as a community in expectant worship. Out of the silence as called by the Spirit, someone may spontaneously rise and give vocal ministry to the group. We are nourished by our mutual search for our understanding of the Divine. We welcome visitors to our meeting. 

Concurrently with meeting for worship we welcome children of all ages for a program that includes the study of Friends’ principles, testimonies, history, and Bible stories. 

Once each month we have a meeting for business when we worshipfully consider care of our community and our witness to the world seeking integrity, peace, simplicity, stewardship of the earth, and equality.

Lake Forest Friends Meeting is part of Illinois Yearly Meeting, Friends General Conference, and Friends World Committee for Consultation.     

Join us in Peace.

For further information: [email protected]

Meeting Times

Meeting for worship: First Days (Sundays) at 10:30 a.m., both in person at the meetinghouse (following CDC guidelines) and via Zoom (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Sunday))

First Day School (Children's program)
First Day School is held during meeting for worship for children of all ages. The program for 2021-22 began on September 12, with Community as the theme.

Please email [email protected] or come visit us at the meetinghaouse for further info on placing your child/children in First Day School classes.

First Day School (Sunday School) for adults:
—Moved to Saturday evenings 7:00pm (Online link: Zoom link - Adult Religious Education)

Wednesday noon meeting for worship: Fourth Days (Wednesdays) at noon (Online meeting link: Zoom link - Wednesday noon Meeting for Worship)

Midweek meeting for worship: Fifth Days (Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m. (Online meeting link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Midweek))

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: We are taking a summer break and there will not be an August 1 Meeting for business. 

Potluck lunch: Currently suspended (normally following worship on 3rd First Day of the month)

Singing and Storytelling: 9:15 a.m. 4th First Day of the month
(Currently singing is held online. Please email [email protected] for the online meeting link.)

What's New

Take time to learn about other people's experiences of the Light. As you learn from otehrs, can you in turn give freely from what you have gained?

This month's query was offered by "Michael" Cunningham It came from Quaker Fait and Practice of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain.

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How do we foster the meeting's communal relationship with God and with each other?

This month’s query was offered by Gwen Weaver. The section of ILYM Faith and Practice on the Testimony of Community includes the statements: "The testimony of community is central to Friends' practices." and "Our collective attention to God's word, undertaken corporately in meeting for worship, serves as the foundation of the faith community to which Friends aspire." (p. 36) The query was chosen from this section.

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Do I believe in the spiritual capacity of all individuals, and their equality in the sight of the Divine?
When dealing with others, do I come from a place of aloneness and separateness, or from a place of connectedness?
Can I stop resting on the laurels of our history and grapple with the reality of inequality in the present?
Can I take the testimony of equality and write it into my heart?

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Kindness

“Kindness inspires love.” This short, yet profound sentence is found on page 757 of Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, College Edition. I was looking up the word “inspire” (a verb) because I was looking for “inspiration” (a noun). And wouldn’t you know... I found it!

“Kindness inspires love.” is used in this dictionary as an example of definition no. 5 of the verb “inspire”; “to arouse or produce (a thought or a feeling): as, “kindness inspires love.”

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Query offered at the January 3 Meeting for Worship:
“Do you live in the life and power which takes away the occasion for all wars? Do you seek to take your part in the ministry of reconciliation individuals, groups, and nations? ... In all your relationships with others do you treat them as [...] equals?”

...and I would add...

Do you strive to recognize and explore the uniqueness and value of each individual, understanding that each of us is brought up in environments, families, and cultures that flavor the ways we approach, experience, and react to our world?

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Query offered at the December 6 Meeting for Worship:
Do you carry the experience of meeting for worship into your daily life?
from the Illinois Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice 

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Worship with us!

Lake Forest Friends Meeting
101 W. Old Elm Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
United States
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 95
Lake Forest, IL 60045
United States
Meeting Times: 

Meeting for worship: First Days (Sundays) at 10:30 a.m., both in person at the meetinghouse (following CDC guidelines) and via Zoom (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Sunday))

First Day School (Children's program)
First Day School is held during meeting for worship for children of all ages. The program for 2021-22 began on September 12, with Community as the theme.

Please email [email protected] or come visit us at the meetinghaouse for further info on placing your child/children in First Day School classes.

First Day School (Sunday School) for adults:
—Moved to Saturday evenings 7:00pm (Online link: Zoom link - Adult Religious Education)

Wednesday noon meeting for worship: Fourth Days (Wednesdays) at noon (Online meeting link: Zoom link - Wednesday noon Meeting for Worship)

Midweek meeting for worship: Fifth Days (Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m. (Online meeting link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Midweek))

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: We are taking a summer break and there will not be an August 1 Meeting for business. 

Potluck lunch: Currently suspended (normally following worship on 3rd First Day of the month)

Singing and Storytelling: 9:15 a.m. 4th First Day of the month
(Currently singing is held online. Please email [email protected] for the online meeting link.)