Welcome to Wilmington Monthly Meeting and the Society of Friends

Wilmington Friends Meeting welcomes visitors, regular attenders, and visitors. We are pleased that many attenders become involved in the life and business of Wilmington Meeting.

Meeting for Worship at WMM begins at 10:00 a.m. every First Day (Sunday). Children are welcome to join the regular meeting for the first fifteen minutes or so, when they then gather for First Day School while worship continues until approximately 11:00 a.m. Meeting for worship is usually followed by a social coffee.

This section seeks to provide answers to some frequently asked questions about Friends Meeting and Friends, who are also known as Quakers.

Meeting for Worship

Friends’ “unprogrammed” worship is based upon living silence. Friends Meetings do not make use of paid clergy or sacramental rituals, but rather meet in a friendly atmosphere where anyone who feels strongly led to speak may do so. Members, attenders and visitors gather together in silence to wait on the word of God. It is an individual search for truth in a gathered community of worshippers, the search involving prayer, meditation or inspiration. From the living silence may come a message that someone feels strongly must be shared through vocal ministry. Such ministry may aid the worship of others in the group and serve to encourage additional ministry.

Although each Meeting for Worship is based on silence, without dogma, creed or ritual, each is unique. More than one worship experience may be necessary before a visitor appreciates and benefits from such worship.

Many Friends are dedicated to community service and give their time and resources to promote peace, understanding, justice, and integrity.

Becoming Involved With Quakerism

Visitors and attenders may learn about Quakerism and the way of Friends by attending Meeting for Worship and Meeting for Business, through discussion with members, through publications, and the links provided elsewhere on this web site. Although Friends are reluctant to proselytize, they want others to feel welcome in Meeting activities and are pleased to discuss all aspects of Quakerism. Quakerism has been characterized as a do-it-yourself religion, and this may cause visitors and attenders to find it difficult to comprehend.

Several publications can serve as guides for those who are interested. Faith and Practice is the most important source. Faith and Practice is published by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and describes Quaker beliefs, the organization of the Society of Friends, and the activities of the Monthly Meeting. Other books and a variety of pamphlets are available on the tables and shelves outside the meeting room and in the Meeting Library.

When attenders feel comfortable with Quakerism and the Meeting from experience and reading and feel drawn to joint the Society of Friends, they write to the Monthly Meeting, stating why they feel unity with the Friends’ principles and testimonies. The Committee on Care of Members then communicate with the applicants and report to the Meeting for Business. Full guidelines for membership may be found in Faith and Practice.

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