There are Quaker meetings all over Britain where more than 20,000 people of all ages and backgrounds worship in stillness to experience the divine directly within themselves, in their relationships with others and with the world around them. Quakerism is a way of life built upon principles of truth, equality, peace and simplicity rather than a written set of beliefs and Quakers have a long-held commitment to putting their faith into direct action in the world.
There are also Quakers all over the World. In Almeley we have a special link with the very small group of Friends from Hanover.
Quaker meetings offer a place where people can find a real sense of community and are free to challenge, question and explore their own beliefs, values and ideas. Many Quakers describe it as a spiritual home – a place of deep connections; a group of people bound together by an awareness of the sacred in all things and a desire to change the world for the better.
In our meetings we find both peace of mind and challenging insights, deep community and a renewed sense of individual purpose, and joy to wonder at God’s creation.
Not everyone finds the word “God” helpful – some Quakers use a different image or concept such as “spirit” or “the light”.
During our Meetings for worship we sit in stillness and silence. Sometimes some may feel moved to speak or minister; something anyone may do as we all considered equal. Generally Friends try to be succinct when speaking and attentive when listening so we hear what is being said and direct out thoughts to consideration of the message. Frequently the next ministry will build in some way on the previous one. Quakers do not have priests, clergy or a hierarchy as we believe all people can have a direct relationship with their God.
Quakers are permitted to conduct marriages and funerals.
You do not have to be a Quaker to attend a Meeting. All are welcome. More details are available from Britain Yearly Meeting website.