Devizes Local Quaker Meeting
We are still holding blended meetings with some of us at the Meeting House and others joining by Zoom but can allow more people in the Meeting Room as we cautiously reopen the building. We would be pleased to see any new people and can now accommodate 18 people at a time. Please email email@example.com for details of how to get the Zoom login or come along to join us.
Please see the attached document for our Covid precautions.
(9 September 2021)
WHO ARE THE QUAKERS
Formally Quakers are the Religious Society of Friends and hence they often refer to each other as Friends. More than twenty seven thousand people attend Quaker meetings for worship in Britain. These quiet times of seeking the presence of God are held regularly in about 500 places, many of them Friends' Meeting Houses.
Our Meetings for Worship are central to the life of Quakers. The basis of the Meeting is a shared silence. Anyone may offer spoken ministry, a prayer or reading at any time during the hour-long meeting.
If you want to know more about Quakers refer to Quakers in Britain website, the website of Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. If you do not live in or near Devizes, Quakers in Britain will help you find a meeting in your own locality.
For a Quaker response to current events at national and international level visit the Quakers in Britain website.
MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT DEVIZES
We in Devizes have a simple but attractive Meeting Room. Friends sit where they like within the circle of chairs. Meeting ends when an Elder shakes hands with the person sitting next to him or her. Notices will be read out by the Clerk, after which we have coffee and a chance to meet with one another. However, should some prefer to be left alone with their thoughts or to leave immediately we do, of course, respect this.
All Quakers share responsibility for the administration of the meeting. Elders are appointed to watch over the spiritual well-being of the Meeting; overseers are responsible for pastoral care.
The Religious Society of Friends warmly welcomes all, regardless of race, creed, gender or sexuality. We seek to make our Meeting a loving, caring community.
Currently we are, regretfully, not able to accept children in the Meeting
THE MEETING HOUSE
Quaker meeting houses are not consecrated or regarded as a special ‘house of God’. The spirit is present everywhere and meeting for worship can be convened anywhere that two or more Friends decide to hold one.
We like our meeting houses to be used by the surrounding community and let them out at times other than when we need them. At Devizes the meeting house has been used for a Buddhist wedding, Buddhist meditation, Muslim prayer meetings as well as more secular sessions such as yoga or day conferences. If you want to find out more about hiring the Meeting House follow this link