Quakers 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 work together for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
From this shared experience, they seek to live lives built on principles of simplicity, equality, truth and peace. It is a faith and a way of life that is both timeless and contemporary.
We meet at Nottingham Friends Meeting House every Sunday morning from 10.30am.
Quakers have been worshipping in various buildings in Nottingham since 1648 – read more about the history of Nottingham Quakers.
The people who come to Quaker meetings (who can be referred to Quakers or Friends) sit in silence, an expectant silence of waiting, in which we seek to come nearer to each other and experience a direct contact with the divine. The silence may be broken if someone present feels called to say something which will deepen and enrich the worship. Anyone is free to speak, pray or read aloud if they feel strongly led to do so. This breaks the silence for the moment but does not interrupt it.
The seating is arranged in a circle to help people be aware of one another and conscious of the fact that they are worshipping together as equals. There are no priests or ministers.
The meeting ends after an hour with the shaking of hands. Coffee or tea is available after the meeting – why not stay for a chat?