Hearken to the Light, 
that ye may feel the 
power of God in every 
one of you.

            --George Fox

Meeting for Worship
Sundays 10:30-11:30 AM 
(Nursery and child care available)

Opening Exercises  
Sundays 10:00 AM
n the School House, before Meeting for Worship

First Day School  
10:30-11:30 AM

Meeting for Business
 last Sunday of each month,
following Meeting for Worship

Eating Meeting 
2nd Sunday
potluck lunch after Meeting for Worship  


The Light Within is the fundamental and immediate experience for Friends. It is that which guides each of us in our everyday lives and brings us together as a community of faith. It is, most importantly, our direct and unmediated experience in the Divine.
                                                                                                --Faith & Practice

In 1712, a group of Friends established Uwchlan Monthly Meeting in Lionville, Pennsylvania, assembling in members' homes. By 1715, they built a log meeting house and met there until they could build a more permanent Lionville Meeting House in 1756.

John Downing, owner of the King's Arms Tavern, gave the Meeting a piece of land near the corner of Lancaster & Uwchlan Avenue in 1774, on which the new Meeting built a schoolhouse.

By 1784, Friends living in Milltown, as Downingtown was known at the time, asked to meet in the Friends Schoolhouse on Sunday afternoons. The Lionville Friends (later called Uwchlan Meeting) granted permission and appointed George Thomas and others to "attend as often as they can and report the sense of the service of said meeting at close of the season."

By 1802, The Friends in Downings Town asked to become a separate Meeting. Lionville Meeting denied their request, but they allowed the Downings Town Friends to become an indulged Meeting, a kind of recognized worship group.

An historic photo of our Meeting House, showing the iron gate and fence as it stood out front.

July 22, 1806 marked the signing of an agreement for the building of the Meeting House in Downingtown on land donated by Jenu Roberts. By mid- November, the first marriage, between Elizabeth Downing and John T. Thomas had taken place. (See Wedding Re-enactment)

In 1811, Uwchlan Meeting granted Downingtown Friends permission to establish a preparative Meeting under the care of Uwchlan Meeting.

By 1907, a lack of attenders forced the Lionville Meeting to be discontinued,
and Downingtown Preparative Meeting became Uwchlan Monthly Meeting.  Downingtown Friends School began in what was then the Public Library and in 1920 the Meeting inaugurated a new school building next to the Meeting House to which it added an addition in 1985.

Read the story of Old Caln Meeting House

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Read "The Saga of the Stolen Shutters."

Read about the Separation of 1827

Learn the origin of the flowers in the Meeting House window.

Read about how Downingtown Friends Meeting went Green.

Learn about Quaker "plain speech."

Find out how Quakerism has changed.

Read about our Schoolhouse tapestries.

Read the story of our Burr Oak trees.

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