Meeting for Worship at the Kennett Friends Meetinghouse is open to everyone. We invite you to join us to worship in the manner of Friends (Quakers) based on the principle of direct communication with God.
Meeting for Worship is at 11 a.m. Sunday morning. Worship is usually preceded by a short period of singing or inspirational reading at 10:45 am.
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What To Expect During Our Friends Meeting for Worship
Worship in the manner of Friends (Quakers) is based on the principle of direct communication with God. In our way of worship there is no choir, no priest, no paid minister. As we enter the meeting room, we try to put aside everyday cares and quiet our busy thoughts.
At Kennett Meeting we often participate in a short Gathering before settling into Meeting for Worship. Led by a member, this may include a reading from a spiritual or inspirational secular source and the singing of several songs.
Together, we then wait in expectant silence for the comfort and guidance of the Spirit with us all. Should the Spirit lead any of us to share a message aloud, the words are heard by all with open hearts and minds. We may find that someone speaks specifically to the condition of another. It is customary to allow a period of silence after each message so that all may reflect on it.
After approximately 45 minutes a Friend will close the service by shaking hands with neighbors. All then do likewise.
Guests may be introduced followed by short announcements. Light refreshment is served on the downstairs level. Experienced Friends will be available to answer questions you may have or you may help yourself to any of the pamphlets that are available in the entrance hall.