Meeting for Worship:
Sundays 10:30 - 11:30am
Quaker Thought & Life 9:00 - 9:45
Singing: 9:45- 10:15 am
Children's Program & Childcare: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Announcements, then Social Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of
Friends, a Quaker Meeting, is an open and
affirming faith community. We welcome all who come
as religious seekers to share in worship and fully
participate in the activities of our common life.
The Religious Society of Friends cherishes a
greater than 360-year tradition of witnessing to
the spiritual belief in the equality of all
We are led to honor
the gender identity and expression of each person,
as determined by that person. We affirm that
gender expression and identity may be fluid and
changeable. We recognize that when we embrace the
Light within the full spectrum of gender
identities in our Meeting, our worship deepens and
our community is enriched.
CHICO FRIENDS MEETING FOR WORSHIP
our Quaker tradition, waiting on God in silence
is at the center of our religious
practice. In our worship we may find
peace, strength and love to carry into the
world. Quakers in Chico hold meetings in
which there is no pastor or set order for our
hour of worship; we all share in the
responsibility for spoken ministry and shared
silence. The leader is the spirit of God
which is in and among us.
We make no distinction between the "ordinary"
and the "sacred," believing God is to be found
in every place and time. Our meetinghouse is not
a consecrated space, but simply a convenient
place to gather and worship together. Sit
anywhere you like, but it is helpful to leave
seats near the doors for latecomers.
Individuals who feel prompted by God's spirit
may rise to speak, pray, or sing. Such
contributions come out of the silence, and arise
from that place where each of us meets
God. Anyone may speak in Meeting: young,
old, woman, man, first time visitor or
"experienced Friend." Friends speak
briefly and leave time between messages for
their meaning to reach deeply into us.
Since the purpose of our meetings is the worship
of God, spoken messages are offered in the
spirit of worship rather than as lectures or
discussion. Anyone who wishes to share
purely personal problems may find more help in a
small meeting for worship especially appointed
for seeking clarity and comfort.
A "clerk" is appointed to close the Meeting at
the appropriate time by shaking hands.
Afterwards, there is time for the children (who
join the adults for the last 10 minutes or so of
worship) to share what they have done in First
Day School, for introductions, and for
announcements. Please stay for
refreshments and feel free to talk to
anyone. Members of Meeting will be happy
to answer your questions. Books, pamphlets
and Quaker periodicals may be borrowed from the
library, and a variety of leaflets are freely
available. Please let us know if you would
like to receive our monthly newsletter.
We are glad to invite you here to worship with