Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice
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

The query this month was given by Chuck Dickson:

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Marjorie Reed died on May 1 after a long happy life.  Many of us at Lake Forest Friends Meeting remember her for her love of the writings of Rufus Jones.  For me, she was an important mentor in the development of my spiritual life and I am grateful to have been a part of the joy she spread in her lifetime.

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The 1st Day School’s middle school program is currently teaching students about other religions. They are studying the religion one week and visiting the place of worship for the religion the next week. The students have learned about Catholics, Episcopalians, and Buddhists. In February, the children went to an African American Baptist Church after learning about historically black churches. On March 11, the class will go to the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette. The younger children are welcomed and cared for by Jan and A.J. each Sunday.

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Do we find that we are spiritually refreshed, enriched and sustained by Meeting for Worship? What are your expectations when you enter this room for the Meeting for Worship?

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The  poem below, by Helen Morgan Brooks, is in a collection of African American writers called Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights.  The bookincludes a short biography of each writer.  Helen Morgan Brooks was a published poet and also a dietician who worked for many years at a boys’ school in Philadelphia.  She joined the Religious Society of Friends when she was 52 years old in 1956 and was very active in many Quaker activities in Philadelphia.  Anne Steere Nash describes being with her at Pendle Hill, “she always had a warm greeting and time to t

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For me the two most important aspects of being a Friend are meeting for worship and meeting for worship with attention to business.  We talk a lot about meeting for worship, but I think we often overlook the importance of our business as a communal religious experience and a center of our lives together.  I still remember Lloyd Lee Wilson’s talk to Illinois Yearly Meeting in 2001 about doing business.  He said, “…meeting for business is when community is made manifest…This is where community is forged—absent thyself at thy own risk.”

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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