COVID-19 Information and Resources

Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Welcome


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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 Ninth Month

Education

  • How can we most effectively foster a spirit of inquiry with a loving and understanding attitude?
  • What effort are we making to be better acquainted with Quaker faith and practices and the beliefs of other faiths?
  • Do we take an active and supportive interest in schools, libraries, and other educational resources in our communities and elsewhere?
  • Do we also see nature as a teacher and guide?
  • Do I strive to develop my physical, emotional, and mental capacities toward reaching my Divinely given potential?
  • How do we prepare ourselves and our children to play active roles in a changing world?

Voices

“True education nurtures the insights that unite knowledge with behavior and ability with desire, changing one’s life, not merely one’s ideas.”
— Carol Murphy, 1952

“The belief that there is ‘that of God in each person’ is the foundation of the Quaker approach to education. Education cultivates the fullness of the human spirit through both openness and discipline. We are open to the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom that come from history, from our own life experience of God, and from the works and lives of others. We recognize all of life as an educational enterprise, that we are all teachers as well as learners.”
— Northern Yearly Meeting, 2006

“How is the Inward Teacher known? In joy and health, but also in loneliness and alienation; in the deepest encounters with other people and in dialogue with great ideas and works; in love but also in emptiness; in hunger but also in plenitude; in solitude but also in community. Wherever we are is the starting place for encountering the voice which can speak to our condition. We cannot compel the inner voice to speak, we can only try to practice openness and attention, and when we hear the voice we can only practice minding and answering.”
— Paul A. Lacey, 1988



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. If you would like to receive the Zoom link, please email gcmmlincoln@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 5
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

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

Sunday, September 12
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Hands on presentation by Dr. David Clark on the history of indigenous people in Loudoun County. Children welcome!

Wednesday, September 15
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group
7:30 p.m. Religious Education Committee meeting via Zoom.

Sunday, September 19
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Presentation and Q&A from a member of Agape Methodist Church in Purcellville about Grace Heritage Center.

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

Saturday, September 25
2 p.m. Memorial for Jean Brown

Sunday, September 26
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

Wednesday, September 29
7 p.m. Discussion Group

Upcoming in October

Sunday, October 10
11 a.m. Spiritual Practices and How They Ground Us. Catherine Cox and Caroline Pelton will lead this discussion.

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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