Quakers in Wandsworth
Our Quaker Meeting is based on silence, a silence of waiting and listening. The silence is different from that of solitary meditation, as the listening and waiting in a Quaker Meeting is a shared experience in which worshippers seek to experience God for themselves. We come together to listen to the promptings of love and truth in our hearts.
The silence may be broken if someone present feels called to say something that will deepen and enrich the worship. Anyone is free to speak, pray or read aloud if they feel strongly led to do so. This breaks the silence for a few minutes but does not interrupt it. In the quietness of the Meeting, we can become aware of a deep and powerful spirit of love and truth, transcending our ordinary day-to-day experiences.
If you want to know more about us, how we work and our beliefs, you can download the text of our booklet ‘Advices and Queries’ here.
We are a diverse and friendly group who welcome newcomers from any religious background or none. We are of all ages, from babes in arms, to teenagers, to eighty year olds plus.
We think it is important to build a strong and lively community, and we organise other activities besides Meeting for Worship. For example:
- a shared lunch once a month after Meeting for Worship
- New Year and Summer socials
- various house groups including a fortnightly book group
- events organized to help tend the meeting house garden
- informal shared meals in each other’s homes
annual weekends away at a local Youth Hostel (see photos)
- occasional further trips away, usually with a Quaker connection
- occasional cultural events, such as poetry readings.
We also open the meeting house for London Open House Weekend.