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Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street Quakers)

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR CORONAVIRUS SITUATION, updated July 16:

The Arch St Meeting House is open to the public by reservation only during July and August, due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. (The meetinghouse grounds are now open to the public TUESDAY TO SATURDAY from 9am to 4pm; the parking lot is still accessible to permit holders.)For more information, please consult the ASMH website: www.historicasmh.org

THE MONTHLY MEETING IS CURRENTLY TESTING IN PERSON MEETING FOR WORSHIP DURING JULY AND AUGUST, FOR MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS ONLY. PRECAUTIONS SUCH AS SPACING OUT IN THE MEETING ROOM, HAND SANITIZING, ETC WILL BE IN PLACE. THE SOCIAL HOUR AND REFRESHMENTS ARE SUSPENDED FOR NOW.

CHILDCARE AND FIRST DAY SCHOOL ARE NOT OFFERED AT THIS TIME. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING. CHILDREN ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND IN PERSON WORSHIP IN THE CARE OF THEIR PARENT/S OR GUARDIAN/S, BUT MAY NOT GO ON THEIR OWN TO OTHER SPACES IN THE MEETING HOUSE.

THE OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR THE TIME BEING, AND THE PHONE CANNOT BE ANSWERED. PLEASE EMAIL THE SECRETARY BY USING THE "CONTACT" LINK TO THE RIGHT.

WE CONTINUE TO OFFER VIRTUAL MEETING FOR WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AT 6:00PM, AND ON SUNDAYS AT 10:30AM. OUR ZOOM LINK GOES LIVE A LITTLE WHILE BEFORE WORSHIP. PLEASE JOIN IN! LOOK FOR A MESSAGE FROM MMFP OR THE "ARCH" EMAIL LIST. IF YOU'RE NOT ON OUR LIST YET, CONTACT Sandra Williams, clerk: sandramwilliams at comcast dot net to be invited. You may need to check your spam or promotions folders to find the invite in order to accept and join the list.

WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO SUSTAIN EACH OTHER IN OUR BELOVED COMMUNITY.

There are many opportunities for online worship being offered, at different times/days. Please refer to https://www.fgcquaker.org/resources/online-worship-opportunities

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, or send a message via the "contact" button to the right->. 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 Wednesday and Sunday worship times remain in effect year round. (See above for coronavirus update.) In case of a weather or other emergency announced by the city, in person meeting for worship will be canceled.

The historic building and grounds are owned by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), and managed by the ASMH Preservation Trust. If you would like to reserve space for a tour or a wedding, this is not the place; please visit this website: www.historicasmh.org

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.

If you'd like to see the Quaker (not public facing) content on this website, you'll have to sign up first with the Quaker Cloud. Go to "Resources" on our top menu bar, click on "How to create a Quaker Cloud account" and follow the steps. Meeting members should send a request to our administrator in order to access private content. For more events and member doings, please take a look at our Facebook page (and "like" us)--see FB button to the right ->

Meeting Times

First Day (Sunday) 10:30am, parking

Mid-week meeting:  Wednesday evenings, 6PM - 6:45PM 

What's New

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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Arch Street Meeting House is at 320 Arch St. (corner of 4th and Arch Streets), a block north of Market St.  We are very close to the 5th St. stop on the Market-Frankford subway, and to many bus routes; get off at 4th and Market.

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The testimonies are basic principles with specific applications which are regarded as central to the belief of Friends - Quakers.

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When Friends first came to Philadelphia in 1681, they gathered to worship in private homes until the first meeting house was built on the bank of the Delaware River.

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Worship with us!

office: send an email by clicking the "contact us" button above.
Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch St. Quakers)
320 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States
Meeting Times: 

First Day (Sunday) 10:30am, parking

Mid-week meeting:  Wednesday evenings, 6PM - 6:45PM 

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320 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA, 19106
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