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.
10 AM | Opening Exercises
From September to June, we like to gather before Meeting for Worship at the Schoolhouse for Opening Exercises, where someone leads us in an interesting presentation of their choosing. We often sing hymns during this time; and coffee, tea, and some sweet breakfast items are available! The Nursery is also open, should you need to drop off small children.
10:30 AM | First Day School for Children
If you are attending with any children, aged preschool through high school, they are welcome to join our First Day School (our Sunday School) program. Our coordinator (DFMFirstDay@GoogleGroups.com) will find you and introduce you and your child to their classroom in the Schoolhouse, and then you are free to attend Meeting for Worship next door. If your child would prefer to stay with you at Meeting for Worship, that is not a problem.
10:30 AM | Meeting for Worship
11:15 AM | Children Join Our Worship
11:25 AM | Announcements and Visitors
Someone on the facing bench will stand and ask for any announcements, at which point, anyone in Meeting can share an event, activity or important life update. Visitors will also be invited to introduce themselves, and we welcome you to stand and do so! Share your name, where you are from and what brought you here if you feel comfortable.
11:30 AM | End of Meeting for Worship
Two members of Meeting seated on the facing benches will break the silence by shaking hands and saying “Good morning” to one another. This is the signal that Meeting for Worship is over, and you are invited to shake hands with your neighbors, who will be happy to welcome you. After Meeting, you are also invited to meet a representative from our Outreach Committee, who can answer any questions you may have.
11:35 AM | Gathering Post-Meeting
We like to linger and socialize with one another in the Meetinghouse, Schoolhouse, and parking lot following Meeting for Worship. You are welcome to stay and chat! On occasion, we also have special potlucks called Eating Meetings or smaller gatherings following Meeting for Worship at "the rise of Meeting."
TESTIMONIES FROM OUR MEMBERS
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.
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.
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.