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 First Month

Integrity

  • How do we seek truth by which to live? How do we recognize it? In what ways does my life speak of my beliefs and values?
  • Do I strive to be truthful at all times, avoiding judicial oaths? In what way is my life in harmony with truth as I know it?

Voices

“The essence of early Quakerism is precisely in a demand for complete integrity of the individual in relation to God, to other people, to self.”
— Cecil Hinshaw, 1964

“Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them. Then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one; whereby in them ye may be a blessing, and make the witness of God in them to bless you. Then to the Lord God you will be a sweet savour and blessing.”
George Fox, 1653

“Friends consider integrity a way of life. In the stillness of worship we come into the Divine Presence and open ourselves to the Light; we hide nothing of who we are. In keeping with that openness of spirit, Friends express themselves with honesty in their dealings with others. Plain truth needs no decorative flourishes. We speak with simple clarity to reflect in our words the reality of our perceptions and thoughts.””
— Intermountain Yearly Meeting, 2006

“…and what doth Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”
Micah 6:8b (KJV)



Calendar

DUE TO THE SURGE IN COVID-19 INFECTIONS CAUSED BY THE OMICRON VARIANT, THE MEETING HOUSE WILL BE CLOSE FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY. PLEASE JOIN US VIA ZOOM.

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83350737205?pwd=Z0pNM2xZRTBpSDQwa2ZaMmRiRHM0UT09

Meeting ID: 833 5073 7205
Passcode: 061785

Sunday, January 2
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business — VIA ZOOM

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

Sunday, January 9
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship via Zoom (see link above).
11:00 a.m. “Gratitude” — worship-sharing and discussion led by Allen Cochran.

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

Sunday, January 16
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship via Zoom

Wednesday, January 19
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, January 23
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship via Zoom
11 a.m. Spiritual State of the Meeting discussion

Wednesday, January 26
7 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, January 30
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship via Zoom
11 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

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 [IN-PERSON WORSHIP PAUSED THROUGH JANUARY]
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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