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Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street Quakers)

Invitation to Worship

"Be still and know that I am God"

We welcome you to our meeting for worship. We gather in worshipful silence, intending to open ourselves wholly to the Divine Spirit, which we believe is within and beyond each person. Our worship has no human leader and no planned program. Sometimes no words are spoken; sometimes a person is led to minister vocally. Each person present contributes to the depth of worship we reach as a group. The meeting is ended, usually after about an hour, by the shaking of hands initiated by persons appointed to do so, from our Worship and Ministry committee.

Information for Visitors

Visitors are invited to join us for refreshments and conversation following the rise of meeting for worship. Please sign the visitors' book, and sign up on the clipboard if you'd like to be subscribed to our e-list. Welcoming committee members are available to answer questions about Quakerism, and to give a brief tour of the historic meetinghouse. On Third First Days we have a potluck lunch, to which all are invited, before our meeting for business (September to June only).

If you come to worship mid-week, the format is different. We worship for about 45 minutes, and there are no refreshments served. However, the greeter will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

PLEASE NOTE: Despite the Meeting House's limited access, our Sunday worship time remains in effect year round! In case of a weather emergency announced by the city, meeting for worship will be canceled.

The historic building and grounds are owned by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM).

MMFP and Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM) are in a care relationship with Friends Select School, and each monthly meeting is responsible for appointing members to the board of trustees. The only Center City pre-K to 12th grade school, Friends Select is located at 17th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Many past and current MMFP members and/or their children have attended Friends Select.

Meeting Times

First Day (Sunday) 10:30am, First Day School, childcare provided, parking

Mid-week meeting:  ON HIATUS UNTIL MARCH 13  Wednesday evening worship

What's New

Event Date: 
02/24/2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Event Date: 
02/24/2019 - 12:00pm

If a visitor asked you, “What do members of this Quaker Meeting believe?” would you be able to answer, confident that what you say would represent the views of the majority of the members of the Meeting?


We will be sharing a meal with the gentlemen that reside at the winter shelter at the Old First Reformed UCC Church at 4th and Race Streets on Sunday, 12/9. We gather to prepare the meal at about 5:30 PM, serve and share in the meal at 6:30 PM, and are finished around 7:15/30 PM.

We will be serving a chicken dinner and are in need of donations of salad, vegetable, dessert/fruit, and drinks for forty people.



Fourth Sundays in September, October and November

A light lunch will be served starting at 11:45AM.  RSVP to John Gallery if you plan to attend (so there's enough food!)

All events will start at 12 noon in the Owen Biddle Room (second floor back) and will end at approximately 1:30PM.  Detailed information about each event will be sent separately.


From Liz Peto, First Day School Coordinator

Dear Friends,

Welcome back! On behalf of the First Day School Committee of Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, I would like to express my sincere excitement at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.


Civic Discourse in the age of Populism

Tuesday, September 25, 8:00 am at Friends Center, in the Martin Luther King room (2nd floor)


Worship with us!

office: 215-625-0627 Please leave a message. The office is staffed on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 4
Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch St. Quakers)
320 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States
Meeting Times: 

First Day (Sunday) 10:30am, First Day School, childcare provided, parking

Mid-week meeting:  ON HIATUS UNTIL MARCH 13  Wednesday evening worship


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320 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA, 19106
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