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Society of Friends
Highland Avenue, Reno, NV 89512-2219
E-mail: Clerk @ renofriends.org
Welcome to Your
First Time at a Quaker Meeting
will be welcome at the Reno Friends Meeting
to our Meeting for Worship. If you have never been to a Quaker Meeting
before, this page may be helpful. On entering the Meeting Room, feel
free to sit anywhere, but it is helpful to leave seats near the doors
Meeting for Worship?
In Quaker Meeting, we
practice Silent Worship,
and it lasts
about an hour. We begin in silence at the scheduled time, and
after about an hour our Clerk will begin to join hands with the circle
to signal the end of worship. Otherwise there is no fixed structure to
the Meeting. There are no creeds, hymns or set prayers. There is no
minister in charge and no formal service. Children who are
young for an hour of Silent Worship are invited to our First Day School.
About ten minutes prior to the end of our worship, the
children will enter the Meeting to join their parents in silence.
Quaker Meeting is a way of worship based on silence,
of expectancy in which we seek to come nearer to God and each other as
we share the stillness of the Meeting. Participants are not expected to
say or do anything other than join in this seeking. Do not be concerned
if the silence seems strange at first. We rarely experience silence in
everyday life so it is not unusual to be distracted by outside noise or
If someone feels compelled by the Spirit to speak, pray or read,
the silence will be broken. Such ministry, which has not been
planned before worship begins, seeks to enrich the gathered worship. If
something is said that does not seem to make sense, try to reach behind
the words to the Spirit which inspired them or allow them to be
absorbed into the silence. Meeting for Worship is not a debate, so it
is inappropriate to respond directly to spoken ministry -- although it
is not unusual for other ministry to build on what has been said
before. Often a Meeting will pass with no words spoken. Other
times many will be called to share their ministry.
In worship we have our
neighbours to right and left,
before and behind, yet the Eternal Presence is over all and beneath
all. Worship does not consist in achieving a mental state of
concentrated isolation from one's fellows. But in the depth of common
worship it is as if we foundour separate lives were all one life,
within whom we live and move and have our being.
R. Kelly, 1938; from Quaker Faith and
Practice, para 2.36, published by Britain Yearly Meeting)
No two Quaker Meetings are
the same. A Meeting can embrace a
range of experience. Some people may experience a profound sense of awe
or an awareness of the presence of God. Others may have a less certain
sense of an indefinable spiritual dimension.
join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am for Silent Worship. We
wait in silence, aware of the Light of God within all people."
former (2007) Clerk of the Reno Friends Meeting
happens at the end of Meeting?
Meeting ends the Clerk will welcome everyone,
then he or she will ask for afterthoughts that did not rise to the
level of testimony but you would like to share with the meeting. We
will then introduce ourselves, and visitors from other Meetings may
bring greetings. Then all announcements will be read and everyone will
be invited to stay for tea or coffee. Once a month we have a potluck
lunch, and celebrate birthdays.You are very welcome to join us but this
is entirely up to you.
If you would like more information
about Quakers or their
the Clerk or other Friends will be happy to provide it. There is a
library of books about Quakerism that you may borrow, along with
pamphlets to take away. Do not worry that we might try to convert
you. Many of us are Attenders who have not chosen to become
Members of the Religious Society of Friends, but all are welcome and
all are treated equally. We would be glad to see you again in
Meeting, but this is entirely between you and God.
What do Quakers
Quakers have no dogmas
or creeds. Each seeks to
and learn about the religious life for her or himself. We have the
conviction that each person can have direct experience of the Spirit of
God and that there is something of God in everyone. We
explain more in our Faith and Practice.