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 Sixth Month

Aging

  • Do we welcome the approach of old age, both for ourselves and for others, as an opportunity for wisdom, for detachment from turmoil and for greater attachment to the Light?
  • How might I attend to what love requires of me in each new stage of my life?
  • Have I arranged the practical matters regarding possessions, location of documents, burial, etc., that will arise when I die or am unable to communicate so my family is not unduly burdened?
  • Am I comfortable with the relationships I will leave behind?
  • How can we support that of God in one another in the face of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral challenges?
  • How do we support caregivers who may be overwhelmed by the chronic needs of the one receiving care?

Voices

“They that love beyond the World, cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. Nor can Spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same Divine Principle, the Root and Record of their Friendship. If Absence be not Death, neither is theirs.”
— William Penn, 1682

“Accepting the fact of death, we are freed to live more fully. In bereavement, give yourself time to grieve. When others mourn, let your love embrace them.”
— Australia Faith & Practice, 2011

“As I grow older, I seem to need more time for inner stillness…This can happen in the midst of daily chores or when walking in a crowd or riding in a train. It means being still, open, reflective, holding within myself the crucible of joy and pain in all the world, and lifting it up to God. Praise comes into it, and thankfulness for all the love I have known and shared, the realization of how much of the time I am carried, supported, upheld by others and the love of God.”
— Dorothy Steere, 1995

“I believe eternal life is in each moment of life, here and now; the real tragedy is not how or when we die but if we do not live the life we are given to our full potential.”
— Jenifer Faulkner, 1982



Calendar

We are re-opening our meeting house, effective Sunday, June 13th! Meeting for Worship will take place in the meeting house from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Please see below for more details.

We will also be continuing to offer Meeting for Worship via Zoom. The Zoom link is shared weekly via the Goose Creek listserv and group email. To request the Zoom link for Meeting for Worship, please contact us at gcmmlincoln@gmail.com.

If you choose to join us for worship in the meeting house, please note the following:
Attendance is limited to Friends 12 and older. There will be no First Day School until at least September.  
— Friends do not need to wear a mask if they have been fully vaccinated but must wear a mask if not fully vaccinated.
— 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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