COVID-19 Information and Resources

Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

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oose Creek is a warm and welcoming community where we support each other in our shared journeys of the Spirit. We believe, in the words of the Quaker writer Thomas Kelly, that “deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return.” In our worship and in our daily lives we seek to remain always with our hearts turned toward that Divine Center.

Quakerism is not defined by creeds or doctrine. Rather it is a lived spiritual practice where we seek God in our experiences and live out our faith in our shared world. We believe that there is that of God within each and every human being – adults and children – regardless of faith, race, nationality, sexual orientation, or life experiences. We are called to answer that Divine spark, that Light Within, both in ourselves and in others.

We welcome all seekers, find deep kinship in our shared humanity, and value our differences.



Queries for Twelfth Month

Home & Family

  • Do you regularly seek God’s guidance?
  • Do you make your home a place of affection where God’s presence is felt?
  • Do you allow time for family worship and spiritual exploration, taking care to include both the very young and the very old?
  • How do you take care that commitments outside the home do not encroach upon the time and loving attention the family needs for its health and well-being?
  • How does the Meeting support families of all kinds in their attempts to improve communication, family life, and the rearing of children in an atmosphere of love?
  • Do you cultivate healthful and moderate habits, avoiding the hazards of drugs, intoxicants, and over-indulgence generally?
  • Can you keep a sense of humor and avoid taking yourself too seriously?

Voices

“Families are strengthened when we live our testimonies: engaging in various forms of stewardship; practicing equality and being aware of its limitations; living with integrity; pursuing simplicity in all its complexities; and finding the satisfaction of a peaceful approach to the world. As we strive to create the peaceable kingdom at home we need to be particularly careful about anger and its expression. Stressful situations need to be addressed openly and lovingly. Participation of all family members in discussions and decisions regarding joint family possessions and activities helps children develop judgment not only in their personal decisions and the decision-making process, but also with respect to time values and the worth of the activities themselves.”
— From Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s “Advices”

“In joining the Society of Friends that spring 46 years ago, I committed myself to becoming a peacemaker. But I didn’t know very much about peace-making. Kenneth Boulding, 10 years older, served as teacher-companion-guide. Entering the marriage we both saw our task as creating a home of peace from which to help to build a more peaceful world. When the impatiently awaited babies finally started coming in 1947, the practice of peace in the home became more difficult and challenging than when there were only the two of us. But we knew we had to practice at home what we wanted for the world.”
Elise Boulding, 1989

“Love reaches further than words, and we experience the Spirit long before any words. The family is a precious spiritual community, and we rejoice and are nourished in homes full of friendliness, refreshment, and peace, where God becomes real to those who live there and all who visit. We joyfully acknowledge the sustaining, enriching presence of loving unions among us, and we want the meeting’s strength to undergird these covenants.”
— New York Yearly Meeting, 1998



Calendar

We are once again holding Meeting for Worship in the meeting house from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Masks must be worn while in the meetinghouse. Please see below for more details.

We are also continuing to offer Meeting for Worship via Zoom.

Sunday, December 5
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Join us via Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83350737205?pwd=Z0pNM2xZRTBpSDQwa2ZaMmRiRHM0UT09
Meeting ID: 833 5073 7205
Passcode: 061785

11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, December 8
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, December 12
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11 a.m. “Notes of hope on the Christmas story.” Worship sharing and discussion.

Wednesday, December 15
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, December 19
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
4 p.m. Christmas bonfire and outdoor gathering

Wednesday, December 22
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Friday, December 24
7 p.m. Christmas Eve Meeting for Worship

Sunday, December 26
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

Wednesday, December 29
7 p.m. Discussion group

To request an email announcement or addition to the calendar, please contact us at goosecreeknews@gmail.com. Please read our Goose Creek Email Protocol for further guidance.

Goose Creek COVID-19 Protocols
If you choose to join us for worship in the meeting house, please note the following:
Due to the Delta variant, all Friends are asked to wear a mask until further notice, regardless of vaccination status, and observe physical distancing while in the meetinghouse.
Children may participate in in-door Meeting for Worship, masked. Religious Education will be held outside until further notice.
— Those who aren’t comfortable indoors may remain on the porch.
— We will leave the meeting room doors open to facilitate air flow.
— Those attending other events in the meeting house, such as memorials, will be asked to follow the same procedures.


Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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