York Friends Meeting
York Friends Meeting is a welcoming community, Grounded in God, Growing in Gratitude, Guided by the Light
A center for Quaker activities in York for 250 years, our historic meetinghouse is still alive with members and attenders old and young, a commitment to our community through participation and support of various activities, and a witness on behalf of the environment through our native plant, pollinator friendly gardens, community gardens, and beehives.
As an "unprogrammed meeting" we worship in silence, honoring the Quaker belief that direct experience of God is possible for everyone, without any ritual or intermediary. We trust that all who take part will strive sincerely, both in their silent worship and in their spoken ministry, to seek that inward communion.
Our community is nourished by weekly shared meals, our annual picnic in the back yard, working together on the native plant gardens, the spring native plant and "Green Elephant" sale, the New Year's Eve musical openhouse for the York community, and more.
Service Opportunities Around the Meeting House
The garden is in need of caretakers, enjoy the time for fellowship, getting “grounded” and keeping the garden beautiful. Weekly on Fridays from 9-11 am. If you're interested e-mail the Meeting at [email protected].
Learn more about Quaker Faith and Practice
Friends and neighbors are invited to read the latest announcements for the York Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, the oldest continuing house of worship and religious activity in York City, Pennsylvania.
We welcome families to worship with us at 11:00am, every First Day.
York Daily Record article from 10-8-2015 is no longer available online, but these pictures from the article are still up for viewing: http://www.ydr.com/picture-gallery/news/religion/2015/10/15/quakers-at-y...
York Friends Lamar Matthew and Colleen Shields were recently featured on "Faith in Community" - a new local cable television show that spreads the good news about the faith community in York, airing on White Rose Community Television on Comcast Channel 18.
May 20- Open House with Lamar Matthew describing the history and giving a tour of the oldest place of worship still in use in York. This year marks the meetinghouse's 250th anniversary!
June 17- Open House with Sally Keller giving a quilt demonstration
July 15- Open House with Sally Keller demonstrating reflexology
More information at http://www.bloomyork.com/
Each month, Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM), the larger regional body of Quakers to which York Friends Meeting belongs, posts events of interest to Friends from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, and part of PA. Check their web calendar at http://www.bym-rsf.org/events/ymevents/
Quaker Testimonies are a guide for how we should conduct our lives and how we should treat each other. Below are six that form the core of our practice at York Friends Meeting:
The Peace Testimony is probably the best known testimony of Friends.
York Friends Meeting is the oldest house of worship in the city that is still in use. There are a few older congregations, but they have all built newer buildings. This is both a blessing and a challenge, as many people driving by on Philadelph
Worship with us!
Every First Day (Sunday):
- • Worshipful Discussion/Worship Sharing 9:30AM -10:45AM
- • Meeting for Worship 11:00AM-12:00PM
- • First Day (Sunday) School for children, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
- • YFM shared lunch, 12:00PM-1:00PM, all are welcome
- • Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, held on first Sunday of the month, 9:00 AM-10:45AM
Every Fourth Day (Wednesday) 6:00-8:00PM Seekers meet to deepen our spiritual connection through discussion of books or pamphlets. Check calendar for current topic.
In light of health needs of some members and attenders, The York Meeting requests that those joining us for activities, including worship, refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, or other products containing strong fragrances.