Penn Valley Friends

We’d love to have you join us for worship. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is not a closed community but a group of seekers like you.
Penn Valley Friends Meeting is an “unprogrammed Meeting.” The Quaker worshipping community has traditionally been called a Meeting for Worship. The worship is “unprogrammed” because there is no order of service and we have no pastor or minister. These are practices that follow from the convictions of those who founded the Religious Society of Friends in the seventeenth century.
What to Expect in Worship:
As an unprogrammed meeting of Quakers, Friends worship in silence. As 10 am approaches, conversation dies down and Friends settle into silence. As we gather in silence, we wait expectantly for the leading of the Spirit. Speaking in Meeting is unprogrammed.  Anyone who feels led by the Inner Light to express a message shares that inspiration. Friends believe that every person can have a direct experience of the Divine without human intermediaries.
Sometimes the time for worship may pass completely in contemplative silence. At other times, several people may speak for a few minutes.
During the last ten minutes of worship, Friends (including you) are encouraged to share joys, sorrows, and concerns in a spirit of worship.
We break meeting by shaking hands and greeting those around us. Then a Friend will lead us through introductions and announcements. We go around the room, sharing our names and any announcements we have. If it is your first time at meeting, we’d love to hear you say a few words about who you are.

What's New

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Event Date: 
06/25/2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

On June 25th, the program after Meeting for Worship will be a discussion of the State of the Meeting--in preparation for the writing of the annual State of the Meeting Report for Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative.


As of June 16, 2017, I have scanned 2207 pages in the Penn Valley Archives residing with the Historical Society of Missouri--and made available to me/us with the Society's incredible cooperation in allowing me to visit once a week for 6-7 hours of scanning.  They would welcome me more frequently, but my body can hardly handle that amount of dedicated scanning as it is.  

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Event Date: 
06/11/2017 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

5:00 pm - Potluck

6:00 pm – Continuing Conversation on PVM-CAIR-Kansas Relationship         

7:45 pm – Quaker Game


Read the whole chapter daily for a week.  Focus on the verse.  Ask yourself these questions:

  • What is the Historical context?
  • Did I see anything new here?
  • How does this scripture relate to my life?
  • Where do I agree and where do I disagree?
  • Why do I agree or disagree?

I suggest you keep a journal of your responses and reflect back later.  For more information, please contact Sharon Eiker.

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Event Date: 
05/14/2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Dr. Moussa Elbayoumy, Chairman of the Kansas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will join us to tell us more about CAIR, its mission and activities.


My name is Robert. I stopped in for meeting back in November after the election which was a hard time for me. I really enjoyed the meeting, and meant to return for another. Life catches up with you though and I just didn't make the time which I regret. Me and my wife are moving to Lawrence later this month and I am going to try and get in touch with the Oread Friends Meeting when we move. I just wanted to reach out and thank you all for being such a welcoming place. I wish I had made it out to more meetings, but am glad for the experience I had.

Take care,



Worship with us!

(816) 931-5256
Penn Valley Friends Meeting
4405 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
United States
Meeting Times: 
Meeting for Worship: 10am-11am, First Days (Sunday)
Fellowship: 11am-11:30am
After Meeting Program: 11:30-12:30
Informal Meeting for Worship: 6:30-7:30 pm, First Days