Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Resources and Materials

Friends have a unique way of doing business rooted in attentiveness and in listening to the promptings of the Spirit.

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Quakers are involved in a wide range of activities (stewardship of the earth, peace-making, publishing, and much more).  The links below will take you to organizations that your new worship group or meeting might like to learn more about -- or get involved with.

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Worship is at the heart of the Quaker way.  Below are resources to deepen this vital spiritual experience.

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Friends, as we live up to our name, want visitors to feel welcome. First, of course, it is necessary to know who is a newcomer. Various meetings have found other ways to identify and meet the needs of newcomers.  Below are some tools growing out of their experiences. 

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Outreach and publicity are about sharing our spiritual search and insights with those who want to listen.

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Sparklers (1982) is back as Sparkling Still. Updated and re-imagined! You will find everything you need to create lessons for children ages 3 to 8 and build a classroom community.

QuakerPress Publication, Children
There is more to a Friends meeting than an hour of silent worship on Sundays. A vital meeting challenges us to spiritual growth every day of the week. It gathers us into a loving, supportive fellowship. It creates sacred space in which we can find healing, strength, and vision. It sends us out into the world to serve and to witness to the possibility of transformation, peace, and divine love. As you think about building (or rebuilding) your meeting or worship group, you might want to plan your Sunday schedule to include each of these elements
Getting Started
First Impressions While the saying “you only get one chance to make a good impression” is a cliché, it is also the truth. The following are some ways that your worship group or meeting can create a good first impression on newcomers – and interest them in coming back.
Getting Started
Newcomers and Meeting for Worship Many aspects of a meeting’s or worship group’s life influence a visitor’s decision to become a regular attender and active participant. The vitality of your meeting or worship group and the ways you inform newcomers about your faith affect visitors decisions whether to return or not, as do their feelings of welcome and acceptance. Most important though is the quality of worship. Quakers offer a form of worship that is distinct from other faiths.
Getting Started
Practical Arrangements for Starting a New Quaker Worship Group or Meeting While beginning a new worship group or meeting is primarily a spiritual endeavor, there are also various practical matters you will want to consider. The following are some basic steps you should contemplate prior to holding your first gathering – and continue them after the group is underway.
Getting Started