"Quakers respect the creative power of God in every human being and in the world around us. We work through quiet processes for a world where peaceful means bring about just settlements."

Regretfully we have closed the Meeting House until further notice. We hope our hirers are able to find ways to maintain their activities in inovative ways and have heard of several of these. We look forward to being able to invite people back both to Meeting for Worship and to hirers and visitors. We wish all our hirers well in these difficult times.

Our Zoom Meetings for worship are continuing. For more information please contact jthomson2020@myphone.coop


Our second meeting went without a hitch and we were happy to be able to meet in this way. One or two members were with us in spirit though not on line. That made it very special. Please call 01380 860181 if you are interested in joining us in our Zoom meeting for worship.

One of our members told us how she prepared for the first meeting.

7am  Alarm wakes me up at what we know is really 6am. Mutter darkly about folly of first Zoom MfW being on the first day of British Summer Time. 9am  Look up Robin’s email with instructions on how to use Zoom. Decide it is going to be simple.  Take dog for walk.

10am Return home. Get laptop going, press link on Robin’s email, open up Zoom.  Save Zoom file as instructed then spend 10 minutes copying and pasting the link instead of ID. Put in ID and like magic, I am connected.

10.15am Realise have to be in quiet space for Meeting, impossible at usual dining table with dog, cat, husband and 2 adult children now resident because of coronavirus.  Assuming laptop battery is sufficient for an hour, disconnect from electric supply. 10.20am  Push husband out of his study. Create space on spare table, open up laptop, adjust position of chair to hide chaos behind me.

Move mattress temporarily propped up on wall.  Remove electric cables on back of door.  Attempt to create image of a tranquil haven, perfect for MfW.  Compose face into suitably contemplative expression. Press button and suddenly there’s Robin and other Friends on my laptop screen.

10.25am  Laptop crashes as no life left in battery.  Run screaming to dining table to retrieve plug, run back to study.  Remove pile of papers burying extension cable socket, plug in laptop. 10.28am Re-enter all information required to get me to re-connect with MfW, including pressing ‘mute’ as an option – who knows what’s going to happen in the following hour given the chaos of the previous half hour?

10.29am Take deep breath, press Enter on the keyboard. Sigh of relief, I am back with everyone. 10.30am Meeting begins 10.33am Becomes apparent not everyone has pressed mute button. Can’t resist looking at where people are sitting. Jonathan’s tuning in on his phone so can’t see him. Cat scratching at door to be let in. 10.35am Have settled into MfW. 

11.30am Jean brings Meeting to a close and we all greet each other.
Now you know how not to do a Zoom Meeting for Worship. See you next Sunday!

What a pity we started on the day when we changed the clocks! Nevertheless, we had a good meeting with 9 participants after a short period where people were getting used to the technology. The best part was having the company of  housebound member. We will investigate how we can continue to use Zoom during regular meetings.

Devizes Quakers have closed the Meeting House building and garden in support of the recommended social distancing advice. Our meetings for worship have been cancelled till further notice. However we are supporting each other through friendship groups who will check on the wellbeing of members and are trialling an online meeting for worship among local people. If you would like to participate in the online meeting please email jthomson2020@myphone.coop

If you would like to participate in an online meeting for worship that is already functioning please go to https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/about/online-mfw/

There are three online meetings on the Woodbrooke site per week.


Devizes Quakers and Sustainable Devizes had planned an evening to record our solidarity with all the people working all over the world to protect our planet and the life on it. This was to have taken place on 28 March starting with an period of reflection and followed by a candlelit supper between 8.30 and 9.30 pm. This is an international day of action. Sadly we have had to close the Meeting House to protect the health of users so it will not now take place.

However, all is not lost. Please join in at home and share your action on the Sustainable Devizes Facebook page. Simply by switching off lights, TV, computer etc. for the hour is supporting the movement. How about a period of silent worship or meditation, alone if need be? For families, you could play games in the dark, have the candlelit supper at home and light a candle in the window to show you are participating. The website is www.earthhour.org . You can register your intention to participate too.


Contact: Devizes Quakers 

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