Devizes Local Quaker Meeting
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Vigils for Peace
The vigils we began at the end of 2023 will resume on Saturday 6 January at 11.00 am for an hour every week in the Market Place. We will stand in silent solidarity with those currently caught up in war and united in our desire for peace.
(updated 3 January 2024)
Midweek Meetings for Worship on Tuesdays at 11.30
These are an excellent opportunity to experience Quaker worship for the first time. The meetings last for half an hour and there is an opportunity to discuss anything that comes to mind afterwards over coffee. Please bring a packed lunch if you wish.
We would welcome a visit from any local school which would like to introduce Quaker worship to students. Please contact our meeting house manager Jacky Thomas to arrange a time. We suggest a visit to the building, a short introduction to Quakers and a brief experience of our silent worship. If you would like a lunchtime visit the students would be welcome to bring a packed lunch.( email@example.com or 01380 722560)
We hold a Meeting for Worship in person on Sundays for an hour from 10.30. . Following the Meeting we also enjoy a cup of coffee together and have time for a chat.
We now hold blended meeting via Zoom on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. At other times we are invited to join other local Meetings via their Zoom links. For further information about this please contact Robin Brookes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
updated 10 November 2023
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 do not have a Children's Meeting but would be pleased to meet local families who would like to join us.
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 is regularly used for support sessions and there are two weekly AA meetings. We are pleased to host Muslim prayers on Friday mornings as well as more secular sessions such as yoga or day conferences. If you would like to find out more about hiring the Meeting House please look at the room hire page.