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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 Third Month

Outreach

  • How does my life witness to my Quaker faith?
  • How do I reach out to new attenders and encourage their exploration of Quakerism as a spiritual path?
  • How does our Meeting convey Quaker faith and practice to the wider community?
  • Do you find ways to encourage members, attenders, and all seekers to continue attending Meeting for Worship?

From Baltimore Yearly Meeting “Advices.”

What does it mean when Friends are admonished to “Let your lives speak”? This simple sentence reminds us that it is our lives, not our words, that speak most reliably about who we are and what we believe. Our lives are our ministry, not the specific acts we think of as “official” ministry, such as speaking in meeting, following leadings, or carrying out our roles on committees. Jesus teaches us not to hide our lights; but to let them shine every day, in every way. Outreach in this broad sense is not something we think about and plan; rather, it simply happens as we walk our paths in the world by “that of God” within us.

Voices

“And this is the word of the Lord God to you all, and a charge to you all in the presence of the living God: 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.”
— George Fox, 1656

“Outreach is simply the process of making Quakerism available to those who are seeking, to those who may find value in its process. Whether these people become Quaker is of no consequence to the person who conducts true outreach. True outreach is an act of spiritual hospitality. It is an act of service to others to find and take many forms, limited only by our imagination.”
— Barry Crossno, 1986

“Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every person has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
— 1 Peter 4:9-10

“Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
Hebrews 13:1-2 (KJV)



Calendar

Friends and visitors are also invited to join us for our hybrid Meeting for Worship at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday. If you would like to participate online, please use the link below.

Link for Meeting for Worship:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83350737205?pwd=Z0pNM2xZRTBpSDQwa2ZaMmRiRHM0UT09

Meeting ID: 833 5073 7205
Passcode: 061785

For all other online gatherings listed in the calendar, please request link at gcmmlincoln@gmail.com.

Help us extend hospitality to Friends and visitors! Sign up to provide after-meeting refreshments here.

Sunday, March 3
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, March 6
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, March 10
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: Clerking workshop

Tuesday, March 12
7:30 a.m. Rolling Ridge Bird Walk — Friends Wilderness Center

Wednesday, March 13
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, March 17
8:45 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, March 20
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Thursday, March 21
7:30 p.m. Unity with Nature monthly guided nature meditation

Sunday, March 24
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, March 27
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Saturday, March 30
10:30 a.m. Kidding Around Baby Goat Hike – Friends Wilderness Center
1:00p.m. Kidding Around Baby Goat Hike – Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, March 31
8:30 a.m. Easter breakfast
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, April 3
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Saturday, April 6
10:00 a.m. Langley Hills Friends Meeting Wildflower Walk & Picnic – Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, April 7
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Monday, April 8
1 p.m. Potluck Picnic and Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party — Friends Wilderness Center

Tuesday, April 9
7:30 a.m. Rolling Ridge Bird Walk — Friends Wilderness Center

Wednesday, April 10
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Saturday, April 13
10 a.m. Wildflowers at the Waterfall — Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, April 14
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: Membership

Wednesday, April 17
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Thursday, April 18
7:30 p.m. Unity with Nature online monthly guided nature meditation

Saturday, April 20
10:00 a.m. Herbs and Medicinal Plants — Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, April 21
8:45 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, April 24
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, April 28
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

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Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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