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PLAN YOUR VISIT

If you have any questions, or would like to arrange for someone to meet you at your car when you arrive, please contact info@Downingtownfriendsmeeting.org and we will do our best to accommodate you.

9:55 AM | Arrival


To prepare, dress however you are comfortable! There is no dress code. Our recommended parking area is the macadam lot accessed via the gravel drive marked “One Way” just east of the traffic light at Lancaster Avenue and Plaza Drive. There are also two handicapped spaces available directly in front of the Schoolhouse, with access to a ramp.




10:00 AM | Opening Exercises


From September to June, we gather before Meeting for Worship at the Schoolhouse for Opening Exercises, where members of our community or guests from the community at large lead us in a presentation of their choosing. We often sing hymns during this time and enjoy refreshments. The Nursery is also open should you need childcare while you are here.




10:30 AM | Sunday School for Children


Children are welcome either to join our Sunday School program, which concludes at 11:15 AM, or attend Meeting for Worship with you.




10:30 AM | Meeting for Worship


Meeting for Worship begins at 10:30 AM in the Meetinghouse. Enter using the front entrance facing Lancaster Avenue, the side entrance facing the Schoolhouse, or the ramp. All seats are open to visitors. Silence your cell phone and prepare for quiet worship. We hold our Meeting for Worship in silence. During our silent worship, individuals may rise and share their spiritual insights aloud. No one is obligated to speak.




11:15 AM | Children Join Our Worship


Sunday School participants join us for the last 15 minutes of Meeting for Worship. You may notice a decrease in silence as the children enter. We welcome this.




11:25 AM | Announcements and Visitors


A member of Meeting asks for announcements, at which point, anyone can share an event, activity, or important life update. Visitors are invited to introduce themselves, and if you are comfortable, please do so.




11:30 AM | End of Meeting for Worship


We greet our neighbors at end of silent worship, and a representative from our Outreach Committee is available to answer questions you may have.




11:35 AM | After Meeting for Worship


We like to linger and socialize in the Meetinghouse, Schoolhouse, and parking lot. On occasion, we have potluck lunches and other Programs.





TESTIMONIES FROM OUR MEMBERS
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THE LIGHT OF GOD

The spirit and the vitality of this group at Downingtown Friends makes me feel right at home, as well as the fact that Quakers, at least this group, can laugh at themselves.

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SPIRITUALITY

I am glad to have found a home among Friends. It is a whole new spiritual journey for me, and it feels right on so many levels.

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SHARING

I've been interested in Quaker beliefs, and particularly the focus on inclusion, equality, simplicity, and peace, for years and occasionally attended Meeting for Worship at different places in the Philadelphia area. I loved the silent worship and the sharing by members.