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
I
n the School House, before Meeting for Worship
  September-June

First Day School  
Sundays
10:30-11:30 AM
September-June

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

Eating Meeting 
2nd Sunday
potluck lunch after Meeting for Worship  
September-June

 

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone; whereby in them you may be a blessing, and make the witness of God in them to bless you.
                                                                                                                —George Fox

George Fox, the founder of the Religious Society of Friends, wrote a journal of his spiritual life in which he said he came to "know God experimentally" through an Inward Light which is in every human heart as it was in his. He believed that every person can know God directly and can find and share truth and love from Him. Out of Fox’s revelations have grown the practices which we follow today. They’re described in the book Faith and Practice for the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of which our Monthly Meeting is a part. We regularly examine ourselves through "queries" printed in Faith and Practice, which also contains selected writings from three centuries of Friends. Through prayer and meditation these words become part of our religious background.

Quakerism offers a religion based on experiencing a loving Inner Light which opens us to truth, freedom and peace. We worship in stillness without ritual and have no outward sacraments. We have found a number of practical principles for living through our worship which are seen as testimonies to the presence of Spirit throughout this world.

Attending a Friends Meeting is an opportunity to sense the deep spiritual power of a Meeting for Worship when there’s a gathering of those present into something greater than themselves. You may already be in accord with the ways of simplicity, honesty and the wholeness of integrity which Quakers pursue. We invite all to join in developing a world of peace, social justice and equality of all persons through efforts guided by non-violence and reconciliation. You may be searching for something more vital in a religious community which makes living your religion or a "transformed life" more possible. We, too, search for more depth in our spiritual lives, opening ourselves to our Creator and striving to order our affairs by a guidance that’s beyond us and felt within us.

We, as Friends, offer no theological formula or creed. We strive to respect the integrity in personal beliefs. Freedom is essential in the search for truth, and it’s in living in accord with our truth that we find our discipline.

As an unprogrammed or silent meeting, we represent a broad range of beliefs including Christian and non-Christian words. The history of Friends is an important influence in understanding our present. Each friend is different as is every meeting. Various degrees of activism and spirituality among individual Friends help to characterize each monthly meeting. You’ll find visiting more than one meeting informative, even among Friends, and worth it even if you choose to join one nearby.

Read about our Basic Quakerism Course:
"Quakers Living in the Light."

Follow along as we seek to
     Strengthen Our Meeting Community

 

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LIGHT GROUP

Every third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 P.M., a group of Friends gather at someone from Meeting's home to practice an "Experiment with Light." 

They practice the guided meditation technique developed by British theologian Rex Ambler from a close reading of George Fox's letters to individuals and Meetings. It's one easy and effective way to experience the Light and Power that impelled the first Friends to create a movement.

Read more about: 
Meeting for Worship
Meeting for Business
Memorial Meeting
Faith & Practice
Thoughts from Downingtown Friends...
Simplify Your Life

Weekly Bible Study
Thursday evenings 
7-8 P.M.
in the Schoolhouse

Several groups of 5-6 people each discuss
 various parts of the Bible

Download "Bible Study Steps of the Process"

BROWN BAG DISCUSSIONS

Every month from September to May, our Worship and Ministry Committee sponsors informal Brown Bag Discussions on various topics of relevance to our members and attenders. To read summaries or transcripts of some of them, click on the links below.

Leadings of the Spirit 
Raising Children in Our Meeting
Preparing for Meeting for Worship Exploring the Blessings


Read "The Divine Source of Vocal   Ministry" by Benjamin Lloyd

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