We at Downingtown Friends Meeting are a
spiritually led, socially conscious, vibrant and welcoming faith community
known as the Religious Society of Friends or Quakers. With deep Christian
roots, we believe in direct communion with God, continuing revelation
without dogma and clergy, and the affirmation of the Light of God in
everyone. We express our faith through our beliefs in simplicity, integrity,
equality, stewardship, and peace. We invite people of all faiths,
backgrounds, and lifestyles to worship with us in seeking a spiritual path.
We are an active community entering our third century in Downingtown,
Pennsylvania. Adults can take part in a variety of discussions, both
religious and Meeting related, book groups, cooperative dinners, Bible study
sessions, and social justice initiatives [link to P & SC Page]. Our children
enjoy our excellent Sunday School
program for pre-K to high school students. Our Meeting comes together for
monthly potluck lunches, our annual
Friends Fall Festival, our candlelight
Christmas program, and
Camp Swatara, a weekend family retreat
with Friends from other meetings.
center ourselves to still our minds and hearts and await the voice
of God in silent expectation. We may be moved to share a message
which often lends guidance to our worship.
for Worship is a celebration where we give praise for all the good
in our lives and rejoice in God's creation.
time when we reflect on steering the challenges in our lives, to
connect with the power of good in all people, to contemplate service
to others, and to practice the power of forgiveness.
handshake ends our Meeting for Worship.
worship in our meetinghouse from 10:30-11:30 A.M.
Before worship, we hold Opening Exercises, short presentations by
a volunteer, along with hymn singing and announcements, from
10:00-10:30 A.M. in our Schoolhouse (the larger building) from September through
kindergarten to high school age attend
Sunday School from 10:30-11:15 A.M.
every Sunday from September through June. If you have pre-school
children, there’s nursery and child care available during
worship. Children join their parents in worship in the
meetinghouse at 11:15.
On the second Sunday of each month from September through
June, we have a potluck lunch
we call Eating Meeting, held immediately following Meeting for
Worship. It's a great place to meet us. And don't
feel you need to bring food. There's usually plenty for all.
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