Meeting for Worship
Meeting for Worship is a shared spiritual experience central to Quakerism. For Quakers, this shared experience is more important than written texts, and this was the case from the very beginning of the Quaker movement in 17th Century England.
Our main Meeting for Worship in Brighton is at 10.30am every Sunday.
Everyone is welcome
- Sunday Meetings for Worship: 9.30am to 10.15am, 10.30am to 11.30am, 5.00pm to 5.45pm.
- There is also a children’s meeting at the 10.30am Meeting for Worship.
- There are a number of other Meetings held throughout the week.
- Our Meetings for Worship are open to anyone.
- Our worship is mostly in silence.
What's Meeting for Worship like?
Our main Meeting for Worship is at 10.30 am every Sunday. It is the largest gathering of our Quaker community and can vary from very quiet to quite lively, but is always based around the silent unprogrammed Quaker tradition as practiced by British Quakers.
It lasts an hour, and is mainly silent worship although people may stand and speak if moved to do so. Children leave the Meeting after 15 minutes to go to Children's Worship. Latecomers are asked to wait until the children leave before entering the Meeting, to avoid disrupting it.
The end of the Meeting is signalled by two elders shaking hands. The elder on duty will then welcome newcomers and the Clerk for Notices will give any notices relevant to the community. After the meeting, tea and coffee are served and Friends are available to talk to you if you have any questions.
We currently provide a Childrens' Meeting on the first and third Sunday of each month with planned activities. A creche is available on those days for very young children. There are also special events in the year that young Quakers can attend; we try to include children and young people as much as possible in the spiritual life of the meeting.
Brighton Young Quakers
Young Adult Friends 18+ meet every first and third Tuesday of the month at 1900 for 1915 in the Quiet Room of the Brighton Friends’ Meeting House. If there is a fifth Tuesday they do something adventurous.
The best way to find out more about any of these activities is to come to Meeting for Worship and talk to us. You are always welcome.