Quakers in Brighton

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 worship sessions last about an hour, and are mainly silent although people may speak if moved to do so. Meetings for Worship are open to anyone and everyone is welcome.

 

Meeting times

Our main Meeting for Worship is held each Sunday between 10.30am and 11.30am. This is a "blended" meeting with some people attending online using Zoom and others attending in person in the Meeting House. 

As well as the large Sunday morning blended Meeting, we are also holding the following smaller meetings:

  • Sunday evening Meeting for Worship 5pm to 5.45pm (No Zoom)
  • “Coffee Morning” social at 11am every Friday (on Zoom only)
  • Children’s Meeting once a month (on Zoom only)
  • Meditation with the Quaker Chaplain at Sussex University on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm to 1.30pm.
  • Wednesday 12 noon to 2pm - the Meeting House is open to all for private reflection.

 

How to join in

If you would like to join us on Zoom please contact bqelders@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

If you would like to join us in-person in the Meeting House on a Sunday for the 10.30 am or the 5pm Meeting, please just turn up; there is no longer any need to pre-book a place. Seats are spaced wide apart and we ask people attending to wear a mask. 

 

Disabled access

There are two designated Blue Badge parking bays in Ship Street which are about 50m from the entrance to our grounds.

At the Meeting House we have been working to improve the accessibility of the building in recent years and this has led to the following improvements :-

  • Automated doors into the building; the Main Meeting room and the disabled toilet. All of the rooms on the ground floor are wheelchair accessible.
  • A stair lift allowing access to the upstairs rooms for those with limited mobility (not suitable for wheelchair users).
  • Fixed Loop Systems in the Main Meeting Room and the Lecture Room.
  • Sound baffling measures in the Cafe, Lecture room and the main corridor.
  • Brighter lighting of the garden at night.
  • Wheelchair for users who need temporary assistance.

More information

If you are new to the Quaker experience, the national quaker website has a lot of information and is well worth browsing. The sections on Faith and Action may be particularly helpful to those who are Quaker-Curious.

The photo shows the Ship Street Meeting Room set up for Sunday morning blended meeting for worship.