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Lake Forest Friends Meeting

Special Arrangements during the COVID-19 isolation period.

If you can, please join Meeting for Worship online. (see the listing of worship times for links to online sessions.)  

All Lake Forest Friends Meeting events, including Meeting for Worship, will be online-only during the governor’s shelter-in-place order.
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. (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Sunday))

First Day School (Children's program): Sparklers (elementary school) and Pre-schoolers together April 5 online session 9:45–10:15am (Online link: Zoom link - Sparklers and Preschool Combined First Day School)(normally at the same time as meeting for worship) Middle/High School online session starts at 10:30am (Online link:  Zoom link - Middle/High Schooler First Day School)

First Day School (Sunday School) for adults:
—Moved to Friday evenings 7pm (Online link: Zoom link - Adult Religious Education)(normally prior to meeting for worship on some First Days)

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

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) (Online meeting link for April: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship with Attention to 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 (Online meeting link for March: https://zoom.us/j/408992044 )

What's New

Event Date: 
04/10/2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday, April 10, 7pm - Establishment of Illinois Yearly Meeting, World Parliament of Religion in 1893, Orthodox & Rufus Jones; Hicksite & Jane Rushmore, 1927 Book of Discipline, reuniting

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One thing that Lake Forest Friends Meeting is known for is nurturing and developing Quaker leaders. Over the years, we often find our Friends not only in leadership positions at our meeting but at Illinois Yearly Meeting, Friends General Conference, and Friends World Committee for Consultation. It isn’t easy to say “yes” to these roles. One can feel very vulnerable sitting behind that Clerk’s desk. One reason that I think that Lake Forest is able to develop leaders is the continual love and support that we give to our clerk and committee conveners.

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Queries offered at Meeting for Worship on March 1: Does the pace of my life leave me time to pursue those activities that nurture my soul, my family, my community, and the planet? What helps me resist the urge to try to fill the spiritual emptiness I sometimes feel inside with busyness or consumer goods?

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“What do Quakers believe?”  “Are Quakers Christian?”  These are questions we are asked all the time with the expectation that we will all have the same, short succinct answer.  They are questions we ask each other.  Answers like “we do not have a creed” or “it is complex” are met with incredulity especially by those who want to put Quakerism in a neat little box.

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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. (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Sunday))

First Day School (Children's program): Sparklers (elementary school) and Pre-schoolers together April 5 online session 9:45–10:15am (Online link: Zoom link - Sparklers and Preschool Combined First Day School)(normally at the same time as meeting for worship) Middle/High School online session starts at 10:30am (Online link:  Zoom link - Middle/High Schooler First Day School)

First Day School (Sunday School) for adults:
—Moved to Friday evenings 7pm (Online link: Zoom link - Adult Religious Education)(normally prior to meeting for worship on some First Days)

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

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) (Online meeting link for April: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship with Attention to 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 (Online meeting link for March: https://zoom.us/j/408992044 )