The first Sunday of the month from September to June at 10:30am we hold Family Worship in the Friends Center’s Friends Room, concurrent with meeting for worship in the meetinghouse. All ages welcome. Child care is available for the very youngest.
Meeting for Worship at Friends Meeting at Cambridge is unprogrammed. There is no pastor or leader, save the spirit of God that is in us and among us. Our worship together is primarily silent, but includes brief spoken ministry when a worshipper is so moved. Friends gather to wait together in quiet anticipation of experiencing God’s presence. There is a living silence which has great power. A religious experience and a humble sense that it must be shared may lead to a spoken message offered in the spirit of worship. Meeting for Worship is a time for one’s spiritual life to be deepened. We welcome all who desire to worship with us.
Meeting for Worship generally lasts for one hour and ends with a handshake started by the person who has “care of meeting” that day. Following announcements and an invitation for visitors to introduce themselves, all are welcomed for refreshments and snacks across the way in the Friends Room. If you need to make an announcement for the rise of meeting please send it in advance, via email. If you are delayed, write it on a piece of paper to avoid interruption and quietly pass it to the person who has care of worship.
At the rise of meeting for worship on Sunday morning a group gathers in the Friends Center for discussion. Newcomers are especially welcome to bring their reflections on the worship experience and questions about Quaker practice and belief. This is also an opportunity to share messages that arose during worship but were not spoken. Afterthoughts closes no later than 12:15 pm.
An Extended Meeting for Worship
Friends Meeting at Cambridge holds a two-hour Extended Meeting for Worship on the fifth Sunday of the month starting at 9:30 am. The extended meeting allows many to go deeper in their centering and to give messages that enrich the worship. Many Friends may come for only an hour of worship at the regular time of 10:30 am. When you arrive in the middle of an Extended Meeting, please be mindful of the worship that is already in progress, and refrain from conversation or other noise in the Meetinghouse.