About Quakers

Shrewsbury Quaker Meeting

During the pandemic, we have been worshipping online via Zoom and have recently started to worship in person at the Meeting House. All are welcome and we will try to accommodate as many people as possible. We meet at 10.30 each Sunday morning and contact details can be obtained through shrewsbury.clerk@btinternet.com   or use the messaging system on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

If you wish to worship on Zoom the passcode will be forwarded to you by email. It is hoped that we will be able to have a blended meeting between those on Zoom and those in the Meeting House before too long.

 Should you wish to worship in person you are asked to contact us first and book a space at the Meeting House. Because of pandemic regulations, we are only able to offer a limited number of spaces, so all people wishing to attend  Sunday morning worship need to notify us in advance. It also enables us to complete our track and trace requirements. Masks are required to be worn and hand sanitising is needed but we would hope to be able to offer you a warm and friendly welcome. At present, there are no refreshments available so please bring a drink with you if you think you will need one.

We are happy to welcome enquirers as well as seasoned Friends so please let us know if you are new to the Quaker experience. Although it may be different from how we used to be able to worship together, we are endeavouring to make it as spiritual an experience as possible.

 

Quakers don’t offer neat creeds or doctrine.  Instead, we try to help each other work out how we should live. All people are welcome and accepted at a Quaker meeting.

Quakers are also known as the Religious Society of Friends.  With roots in Christianity, today we also find meaning and value in other faiths and traditions. We recognise that there’s something transcendent and precious in every person. Different Quakers use different words to describe this, but we all believe we can be in contact with and encounter something beyond our individual selves.

Quakers don’t use traditional religious structures or paid ministers. We share responsibility for what we do because everyone has a valuable contribution to make.

Quaker meetings for worship can be held anywhere, at any time. Every meeting begins in silence, when the first person sits down. We use silence to open ourselves to the wisdom that comes out of stillness. It enriches us and shapes us, individually and collectively. This is what we mean by ‘worship’. The only way to understand this completely is to go to a meeting.

 

 

Quaker Values or Testimonies

Quaker values or spiritual insights are often called ‘testimonies’ and tend to unite Quakers worldwide.  They spring from deep experience and have been reaffirmed by generations.  How we act as Quakers goes together with what we believe.  We don’t have a fixed creed because we have found that the search for truth can lead us to new expressions of values as well as confirming existing ones.

Our testimonies encourage us to work for a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. It’s not always easy to live this way, but as Quakers, we try to encourage each other to keep trying.

Equality and justice

Quakers believe everyone is equal. This inspires us to try to change the systems that cause injustice and that stop us being genuine communities. It also means working with people who suffer injustice, such as prisoners of conscience and asylum seekers. We were campaigning for independent juries in the 17th-century, for marriage equality in the 21st, and for a range of things in between.

Peace

Quakers are perhaps best known for our peace testimony. It comes from our belief that love is at the centre of existence and that all human life is of equal worth. It has led Quakers to refuse military service and work creatively for peace. This has ranged from practical work in areas affected by violent conflict to developing alternatives to violence at all levels. This could be personal or international.

Truth and integrity

Quakers try to live according to the deepest truth we know, and we connect most deeply to this in the stillness of worship. This means speaking the truth at all times, including to people in positions of power. As we are guided by integrity, so we expect to see it in public life.

Simplicity and sustainability

Quakers are concerned about excess and waste in our society. We want to make sure our use of natural resources is sustainable. We try to live simply and to find space for the things that really matter: the people around us, the natural world, and our experience of stillness.

In Shrewsbury, we have an Experiment with Light Group 

Online Zoom Light groups are held at the moment, please see information on the Experiment with Light page, or contact Angie:  experimentwithlight@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.