What to Expect at a Meeting
When you come into the meetinghouse before worship you may find some Friends already sitting in silence. There is generally a “centering” that occurs at the beginning of Meetings when Friends seek to clear their minds of distractions and come to a receptive state. We listen and wait for a direct experience of the Divine. Some may be moved to share their experience by standing and speaking. About 15 minutes before the end of worship, the children enter the room to join us in worship. The meeting ends when friends shake hands and greet each other. Following worship, Friends share joys and sorrows, welcome new people, share announcements and enjoy a time of fellowship.
When We Speak
Out of the silence, some will feel their thoughts and feelings gathering around a specific idea, thought, or experience. Sometimes these thoughts and feelings coalesce into a message. That message is most often meant only for the individual worshipper. But sometimes that message is meant to be shared. It is up to the individual to discern the difference. Friends describe being “pushed” or “nudged” from their seat when they need to share a message. Individuals who are moved to share a message will stand and speak from their own experience. Messages do not need to be poetic or eloquent or long, and are often powerful in their simplicity. A period of silence between speakers is customary, and helps all to reflect on the message that was given.
COVID-19 and the Meetinghouse
The Health Committee continues to monitor & update COVID precautionary measures to protect our most vulnerable members.
– KN95 or N95 masks are required to be worn in the meeting house at all times. Please use hand sanitizers if needed.
– Please enter through the west doors (Columbine), sign in upon arrival for contact tracing, and social distance on the benches.
– 40 max friends in the Meetinghouse at any given time. There is no advanced sign-up system so if you arrive to find 40 friends have already entered, please join us from another location via Zoom.
– Outside worship is unlimited, no masks required, social distance.
– Food & Beverage are allowed inside but please keep your mask on at all other times. Please stay home if you are sick
– Masks are no longer required for park events. All events depend on weather conditions.
We know that everyone has gotten quite weary of this Covid pandemic. We also recognize that Friends have developed certain habits, comforts, beliefs, or needs around the masks that they choose to wear. We are very appreciative that Friends are wearing masks, and we ask that while in the Meeting House everyone wears an N95 or KN95 snugly covering their mouth and nose whether present for worship or other reasons.
Here are some things we know that influence our recommendations:
- There are still people getting very sick and dying from Covid.
- When people have Covid multiple times, they have a higher risk of developing long term problems as a result.
- Good masks protect others and ourselves.
- People can shed virus before they are aware that they have Covid.
- As Friends we have committed to be in community with each other, to honor that of God in each other, and thus to behave in a way that cares for ourselves and others.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact email@example.com