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A Quaker meeting in the northern suburbs of Chicago

Lake Forest Friends Meeting

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.

First Day School (Children's program): At the same time as meeting for worship. (Includes child care for young children.)

First Day School (Sunday School) for adults: Prior to meeting for worship on some First Days (see the Events for more details)

Midweek meeting for worship: Fourth Days (Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m. 

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: 1st First Day of the month at 9:00 a.m. during Winter, Fall, and Spring, and once on a First Day T.B.D. during the Summer (see the Events for details)

Potluck lunch: following worship on 3rd First Day of the month

Singing: 9:15 a.m. 4th First Day of the month

What's New

Event Date: 
03/26/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

The Welcoming Friend Working Group is a Friends General Conference initiative where representative from Meetings across the nation share how we approach and welcome newcomers with a goal of improving outreach efforts.

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Last month, there was a query sent by Friends General Conference that asked, “How was meeting for worship last week?”  That got me thinking about the rhythms and nuances of our meeting for worship.  We come together each First-day as a community in worship.  For me, along with meeting for business, it is the centerpiece of what it means to be a Friend.

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It is just too cold.

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At our Thoughts with Food potluck on January 12, we read the query and came up with the following titles.  They are in the order of how Friends brought them forward.

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In continuing our exploration of Quaker spirituality at adult religious education, the Ministry and Worship Committee is turning to the subject of clearness committees.  We may be familiar with the basics of clearness committees but how often do we think about them as bringing us closer to God in our discernment process.  Discernment always seems to start by asking questions.

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On December 24, at 7:30 pm, all welcome to meeting for worship in the manner of Friends, lit by candles and a fire in the fireplace.  Informal singing and potluck snacks follow.

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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.

First Day School (Children's program): At the same time as meeting for worship. (Includes child care for young children.)

First Day School (Sunday School) for adults: Prior to meeting for worship on some First Days (see the Events for more details)

Midweek meeting for worship: Fourth Days (Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m. 

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: 1st First Day of the month at 9:00 a.m. during Winter, Fall, and Spring, and once on a First Day T.B.D. during the Summer (see the Events for details)

Potluck lunch: following worship on 3rd First Day of the month

Singing: 9:15 a.m. 4th First Day of the month