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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

•  Nursery / Children / First Day School

•  Parking

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 two worship times remain in effect year round!

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:  Wednesday evening worship starts at 6:00pm, and lasts 45 minutes

What's New

Arch Street Meeting House was the starting point for the 2018 Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation on April 29, 2018. Monthly meeting members participated in the welcoming of hundreds of walkers from many different faith communities across Philadelphia and the region. This was the first time the walk began at a Friends meeting house.

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This is a series of fun events that bring Friends—and friends of Friends—together for fellowship, wine and cheese,  and networking.

All but the farm event will be held at 7:00 PM at the Arch Street Meetinghouse 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA (free parking).

IN CASE OF SNOW – PYM CLOSES WHEN THE PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSES 

There is no charge to attend but an RSVP is encouraged, so we can plan refreshments, and offer directions.

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VISITORS, ATTENDERS, AND MEMBERS

During a Meeting for Worship, the people present usually include a mix of visitors, attenders, and members.

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Several times over the last few months, meeting members and attenders cooked dinner at Old First Reformed UCC"s social hall. Since 1984, the church sponsors a men's shelter during the winter months. For several years,  a group of MMFP volunteers have taken on the responsibility of shopping and cooking for a dinner for the men's evening meal. More dates are on the "events" tab.

Thanks to Ed and Katie for organizing this worthwhile activity, and to all those who have shown up to cook and spend time at the shelter!

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Supporting the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia.
MMFP needs and appreciates your financial contributions to support our many activities and commitments.

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Members of the meeting take care of the rose garden on the meetinghouse grounds. (Other volunteers garden in the front area.) The rose garden has developed and matured into a multicolored haven for bees and other beneficial insects, as well as providing an attractive greeting area to those who enter from the parking lot or 4th St. entrances.

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Worship with us!

office: 215-625-0627 Please leave a message
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:  Wednesday evening worship starts at 6:00pm, and lasts 45 minutes

Contributions

MMFP needs and appreciates your financial contributions to support our many activities and commitments.

We offer several ways for you to donate:

1. See below to donate with a debit or credit card through PayPal, with no PayPal account required.
2. Send a check to:
Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (MMFP)
320 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA, 19106
3. Use your online banking account to set up regular donations to MMFP.

Your donation will be acknowledged with a letter for tax purposes.

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