Meetings

Meeting for Worship

Worship is at the heart of what it means to be Quaker. Meeting for Worship brings us together in stillness. The silence may be broken if someone present feels called to say something that will deepen and enrich the worship. Anyone is free to speak, pray or read aloud if they feel strongly led to do so. This breaks the silence for a few minutes but does not interrupt it. In the quietness of the Meeting, we can become aware of a deep and powerful spirit of love and truth, transcending our ordinary day-to-day experiences.

“Worship is our response to an awareness of God. We can worship alone, but when we join with others in expectant waiting we may discover a deeper sense of God’s presence. 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.” ~ Advices and Queries, number 8.

We hold Meeting for Worship at Brentford and Isleworth Quaker Meeting House every Sunday from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Children's Meeting

Children are very welcome at Quaker Meetings. They join the Meeting for Worship with the adults for part of the time but otherwise have their own activities. Currently, our children's group meets on the first and third Sunday of the month during school term time. Activities might involve arts and crafts, stories or plays, or games. The focus might be on ourselves, the world about us, caring for others, or aspects of the Quaker testimonies to simplicity, equality, truth and peace. Periodically an all-age Meeting for Worship might be held, based on a theme.

The meeting has a safeguarding policy and all members who are involved with the children regularly are DBS checked. Please let us know if you would like to bring children to Meeting so we can be ready to welcome them. For more information about bringing children to Meeting please read our Info for Parents and Carers.

Children’s activities are also run nationally at our national “Yearly Meeting”. Many teenagers enjoy attending national or regional residential events for young people. A Junior Yearly Meeting is held for 16 – 18 year olds.

For further information visit quaker.org.uk/children-and-young-people.

For details about summer school and senior conference visit fsse.org.uk.

Meeting for Business

A Quaker Business Meeting is essentially a Meeting for Worship, except that it has a pre-arranged agenda. Whether it be a working party, a committee, a local, regional or national meeting, the process is the same: Friends coming together in silence in order to draw closer to God and each other, and to seek the guidance of the Inward Light.

Brentford and Isleworth Quakers hold Business Meetings locally on a regular basis. We also regularly take part in Area Meetings to make business decisions with other Local Meetings at a regional level. Once a year we participate in Yearly Meeting to take decisions at a national level for Quakers in Britain.