Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Welcoming Newcomers


What aspects of meeting life influence a visitor’s decision to become a regular attender and active participant? The quality of our worship, the vitality of our meetings, and the ways we inform newcomers about our faith all affect a visitor’s decision whether to return. Newcomers also need to feel that they are welcomed and that they will be accepted as part of the community.

Meetings can help first-time visitors and new attenders find meaning, belonging, and information in several ways, from the profoundly spiritual to the seemingly everyday. We encourage meetings that wish to grow to consider whether they are truly ready to receive newcomers into their community and to nurture them in the Spirit.

 ► Advancement Basics, First-Time Visitors & New Attenders PDF.

 ► What Can Friends Do to Help Attract Newcomers to Their Meetings.pdf

 ► Through a Visitor’s Eyes.pdf

 ► Thoughts on Identifying and Welcoming Newcomers to a Quaker Meeting.pdf

 ► Exploring Quakerism With Newcomers.pdf