We seek a gathered stillness in our meetings for worship so that all may feel the power of God's love drawing us together and leading us. The silence may be broken if someone present feels called on to say something that will deepen and enrich the worship, in response to the prompting of the Spirit. The silence is broken for the moment, but the stillness is not interrupted. Anyone is very welcome to come to share this experience with us.
The meeting will close when Elders, followed by all those present, have shaken hands.
Our worship at Abingdon continues in the period we call Afterwords. It is an opportunity to share with the meeting thoughts and insights which come to us during the silence or other matters we have on our minds which may not have led to spoken ministry.
Occasionally we have a Learning Sunday, when our normal Meeting for Worship only lasts about 45 minutes. Instead of Afterwords following Meeting for Worship, a Friend will introduce a topic of interest to Quakers, and this will be followed by contributions on the topic from others present. Read more …
Notices, from the Clerk and other Friends are followed by tea and coffee. If you wish to know more about Quakers, please introduce yourself to any member.
Our regular business meeting which takes place after coffee, normally on the first Sunday of alternate months – but check our Diary. Until recently this was called "Preparative Meeting", a name which caused some confusion since the Quaker meeting as a whole was also a "Preparative Meeting".