Quakers are a religious group who originated in England in the 17th century. We are known more formally as the Religious Society of Friends. There are now Quakers all over the world, including about 14,000 members in Britain.
Quakers maintain that every person can have a real and direct experience of God without the need for priests and rituals. We believe that there is something of God in everyone. Although we have our roots in Christianity we also find meaning and value in the teachings and insights of other faiths and traditions. But Quakerism is essentially a way of life rather than a system of beliefs. We try to live our lives according to a set of values known as ‘testimonies’.
By all means – our meetings are open to everyone. You may like to arrive a few minutes in advance so that we can make you welcome.
Anyone can be a part of the Quaker community. Those who go to meeting but have not been formally accepted into membership are known as ‘attenders’. Attenders may apply to become members if they have acquired an understanding of Quaker values and practices and feel that they are ready.
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