Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice
of the Religious Society of Friends (QUAKERS)

Wilton Monthly Meeting

Welcome!

Wilton Monthly Meeting worship in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition. Meeting for worship is held every Sunday at 10:00 am.

Our meeting is open to all and represents a very broad range of beliefs. 

All are welcome! Child care is provided.

If you have never before attended an unprogrammed Friends (Quaker) meeting for worship, your first meeting may surprise you…

While all Quakers meet in worship to hear more clearly God’s “still small voice,” Friends in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition base our worship entirely on expectant waiting.

We meet in plain, unadorned rooms where we are less distracted from hearing that voice. There are no pulpits in our meeting rooms because we minister to each other. Our benches or chairs face each other because we are all equal before God. We have no prearranged prayers, readings, sermons, hymns, or musical orchestrations because we wait for God’s leadings and power in our lives. When you enter the meetinghouse and take your seat on a bench, you will find that those gathered around you are sitting in silence, settling into a period of quiet reflection, prayer and expectant waiting on the Spirit.

During worship, a message may come to us. Messages may be for our personal reflection or for sharing with others. They may be a leading to stand and speak. Friends value spoken messages that come from the heart and are prompted by the Spirit as well as the silence we share together. Following a spoken message, we return to the silence to examine ourselves in the Light of that message. Meeting for worship ends when one Friend, designated in advance, shakes hands with his or her neighbors. Then everyone shakes hands. No two meetings are ever the same.

The meetinghouse is not a consecrated edifice, and if there is anything holy about it, it must be the lives of the people who meet there. The Friends feel that there must be a vital and sustained connection between worship and daily life. When our ideal is attained, our meeting is merely the community search for that guidance which we covet for every important act of our lives. 

Visitors, Seekers and Newcomers

We have a page dedicated to you! Click on About | Seekers/Newcomers .

Advices and Queries

Friends do not have a creed but we do have a set of spiritual Queries which help us individually and as communities to consider our spiritual condition. We also have Advices, based on the spiritual wisdom gleaned over the years. Here is a sample. We will post a new one each week. 

Our growing knowledge of ecological processes teaches us that abuse of this trust threatens not only our own health and welfare, but the integrity of the earth itself. Economic power made possible by the exploitation of God’s natural gifts dominates much of our political and economic system. We work to counter the effects of this abuse on our politics and environment, since we know that acting responsibly in the wise, careful use of the earth for the benefit of all creation will bring us into harmony not only with the world beyond humanity, but with its creator.

Biblical history describes a covenant of trust and responsibility in which we are to care for the earth as well as to give thanks for all of the creator’s gifts. An ecological ministry aims to protect and restore the physical world, to serve the healing processes of the land, and to aid the victims of ecological destruction. We are called to recommit ourselves, joyfully and in love, to this covenant in which both the earth and we ourselves can be sustained by God’s care, wisdom, and healing power.

If we listen to the earth, we will hear it proclaim the glory of God. If we enjoy and preserve the earth, it will become our home. And as we unite with creation, we draw ever nearer to God.

What's New

It's time to party! We are celebrating our 75th anniversary July 15, 2017 11am to 3pm at our meetinghouse. Lots of fun and games for adults and children. Some Friends have already volunteered to play music and create a history display and in the spirit of our do-it-yourself religion lunch will be a potluck. We are also raising funds for renovating the Meetinghouse. Save the date. More information to follow. 

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You are invited to attend the Friends General Conference Gathering in Niagara Falls, NY from July 2 - 8. We’re expecting over 1,000 Quakers at this annual event.

For more information click on FGC Gathering 2017.pdf below or go to http://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering

Registration deadlines

  • Children - May 31
  • High School - June 10
  • Others - accepted through The Gathering though housing and workshop options could be limited.
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The First Day School Committee and Wilton Monthly Meeting are delighted to let you know that, beginning January 29th, 2017 we are offering a new place for children, appropriately, in the heart of meeting for worship.

Any children attending Meeting or First Day School can now choose to sit on a rug on the floor in front of the fireplace, Other children as well as one friendly adult will be there too! In First Day School, the children are each creating a "sit-upon" to make their space their own as well as a bit comfier. We will have a few extras for visitors.

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A coalition of community, religious and university organizations, including Wilton Monthly Meeting, has organized to make people aware of the injustice of solitary confinement. 

We are organizing local film screenings and displays of solitary confinement cells.

We generally meet on the 23rd of each month at the Meeting House. Please check our calendar under Events.

We need your help!  Join us.

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We are a Lifelines to Solitary meeting.

Lifelines to Solitary is a prison correspondence program specifically designed to reach out to people in solitary confinement. On any given day more than 100,000 people are held in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails. 

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Worship with us!

860-799-7860 Pete McCaughan, Clerk
Wilton Monthly Meeting
317 New Canaan Road
Wilton, CT 06897-3322
United States
Meeting Times: 

Sundays at 10:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday School at 10:00 - 11:15 am
Coffee Sunday at 11:15 am

Travel Directions to Wilton Monthly Meeting

From I-95 (South Norwalk): Take exit 15 and go north on US Route 7 when the divided highway ends, go left and then make the second right onto Belden Hill Road. Follow Belden Hill for about a mile until you come to New Canaan Road (which is also CT Route 106), onto which you make left. Go for about 2 miles and then turn left into the driveway just after the white sign for the Meeting House.

From I-84 (Danbury): Go south on US Route 7 (exit 3) for about 15 minutes. Make a right on CT Route 106 and follow it for about 3 miles. Turn left into the driveway just after the white sign for the Meeting House.

From US Route-7 (Wilton): Turn west on Wolfpit Road (CT Route 106) and follow it for 2.9 miles. Turn left into the driveway just after the white sign for the Meeting House.

From CT Route-123 (New Canaan): Turn east on CT Route 106 (Silvermine Road) and follow the CT Route 106 signs for about 2 miles. Turn right into the driveway just before the white sign for the Meeting House.