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 Twelfth Month

Meeting for Business

  • Are our Meetings for Worship with a Concern for Business held in the spirit of worship, understanding, and forbearance?
  • In what ways do we each take our right share of responsibility in the service of the meeting?
  • Do we humbly set aside our own preconceived notions as to proper action, seeking instead Divine guidance as to the right course?
  • When direction seems lacking, is this seen as a challenge to a more prayerful search for truth?
  • Is the Meeting aware that it speaks not only through its actions but also through its failure to act?
Voices

“And that all may be careful to speak short and pertinent to matters in a Christian spirit, and dispatch business quickly, and keep out of long debates and heats; and with the spirit of God keep that down, which is doting about questions and strife of words, that tend to parties and contention: which in the church of God there is no such custom to be allowed. And likewise not to speak more than one at a time; nor any in a fierce way; for that is not to be allowed in any society, neither natural nor spiritual; but as the apostle said, ‘Be swift to hear, and slow to speak;’ and let it be in the grace, which seasons all words.”
— George Fox, 1690

“Central to the Quaker understanding of unity-based decision making is Fox’s idea that there is ‘that of God in every one.’ When a group of believers comes together to deliberate about the best way to serve God here and now, each looks to find in others some manifestation of ‘that of God,’ and looks for the mark of the Spirit of Christ — Truth with a capital ‘T’ — in everyone else’s remarks. In short, since the same Spirit speaks in each heart, the members expect to end their meetings united.”
— Michael J. Sheeran, 1996



Calendar

Sunday, December 2
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Business

Wednesday, December 5
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, December 9
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Quakers & the Bible, session led by Caroline Pelton & Allen Cochran

Wednesday, December 12
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, December 16
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
6:00 p.m. Christmas Potluck and Caroling

Wednesday, December 19
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, December 23
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

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

Wednesday, December 26
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, December 30
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee meeting

Save the Date!

Junior Young Friends Conference
January 12 – 13

Location to be announced

BYM Women’s Retreat 2019
January 25 – 27

Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reistertown, Maryland
More information

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105 Lincoln, VA 20160

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