Welcome to Shrewsbury Quakers
During the Covid 19 pandemic, we are holding Zoom meetings each week at 10.30am on Sundays, and also at 7pm on Wednesday evenings.
For further information about Zoom meetings or to discuss Quaker friendship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Carol on 01743 357132 (about meetings only, please).
Meeting for Worship is normally 10.30am each Sunday in the main Meeting Room. A few people are currently able to meet in the Meeting House again. To attend you must contact the clerk in advance to book a seat. You will find a welcomer at the door. Let this doorkeeper know it’s your first visit and they will show you where the Meeting Room is and offer you some information, leaflets and a small copy of Advices and Queries.
After the meeting, we serve coffee, a variety of teas, and biscuits. Do stay and tell us about yourself and ask any questions you may have. There is no charge for refreshments, but you are welcome to make a donation if you wish.
Quakers offer a form of worship that is distinct from other faiths. Besides meeting other like-hearted people, Quakers offer a winsome invitation to encounter the Divine. This is an invitation to listen in the company of others who have gathered together anticipating an encounter with the Divine. We gather in silence and listen openly to the Divine, to God, the Light, the Seed, the Inward Teacher, the Living Christ – whatever name you choose. The encounter may come through spoken word, a song, a smile, or through the silence. Women, men, and children are equally able to give vocal ministry, to speak if they feel led to do so. This experience can help first-time visitors and new attenders find meaning in the profoundly spiritual way we worship.
Meeting for Worship
You are invited to meet with Quaker Friends and join us in expectant waiting and Spirit-led ministry. The silence of worship is not a passive silence. We are actively seeking a glimpse of the Divine. The special discipline of the Quaker way is to listen with more than our ears. We listen for a voice that speaks not only in words, but also in gentle tugs on our hearts, images, and insights arising in our minds, in the beauty our eyes behold, and the gratitude we feel. So come to meeting expecting to listen, and perhaps, to be transformed.
Quaker Faith and Practice – Advices and Queries
The deeply spiritual nature of our worship is one reason it is important to have materials to explain Quaker worship. Quaker Faith and Practice was first published in 1738 in manuscript (1783 in print), but is revised every generation – my copy is the 10th edition. Its first chapter introduces Advices & Queries. The 42 A&Qs are available as a small booklet. The A&Qs form a useful introduction to the Quaker way of life. There will be a copy on the central table and you can read this during the meeting, out of interest, but especially if you find the silence overwhelming at first.
The Quaker Tapestry: www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk
The Quaker Bookshop:https://www.quaker.org.uk>resources
Quaker Faith and Practice (5th Edition): https://qfp.quaker.org.uk/chapter/1/
There are pictures of our meeting house on the ‘Room Hire’ page.
There is also a description of a walk through the meeting house.