You are welcome here.
Do you ever wish you had time set apart for quietness? Do you wish you could join others in a structured retreat from your everyday challenges? When we gather in worship, we seek the indwelling Spirit through receptive silence, listening for the piece of the Divine that resides in everyone. We have been worshiping together since 1753. All are welcome to worship among Friends.
Sundays: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. — meeting for worship (except as noted below).
Note: Activities for children available during the 11:00 a.m. meeting only.
Thursdays: 7:30 p.m. mid-week meeting for worship.
Special schedule on the first Sunday each month: 10:15 a.m. — once each month we meet to discuss the spiritual and practical business of the community (hence the term “monthly meeting”), followed by a potluck meal. There is no 11:00 a.m. meeting for worship on the first Sunday of the month.
What to Expect
What can I expect worshiping with Sandy Spring Quakers?
“Meeting for worship” is the Quaker name for our religious services. We do not have clergy. Instead, we all minister to each other, holding this responsibility equally. We sit silently in an unadorned Meeting House or other space, waiting for the “still small voice” of God. When someone feels moved to speak, they stand and deliver a message.
How long is meeting for worship?
Generally, meetings last about one hour. Meeting ends when one Friend, designated in advance, shakes hands with a neighbor. This breaks the silence and Friends greet each other. Each meeting for worship is a unique experience.
Can I bring my children to Meeting?
All children are welcome at meetings for worship. Child care is offered every Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. for infants and toddlers. Parents are welcome to keep children (especially infants) with them in meeting. Please do not leave young children unattended.
First Day School (Sunday School) is available during 11:00 a.m. meeting for worship. Children come to meeting for worship for 15 minutes, then leave as a group to join their classes. First Day School classes begin in September and run every Sunday through mid-June, with some exceptions.
How can I be more involved in the Meeting?
The Sandy Spring Meeting invites you to get involved and feel part of the community. There are many ways to do this:
Volunteer at Meeting. Help set up or clean up for weekly coffee hour, assist with First Day School or other events, or help maintain Meeting grounds, among other things.
Friendly Eights. Groups of about eight Friends gather regularly for meals and fellowship. This is a great way to get to know a few people in the Meeting.
Social Action Groups. Join or start a group addressing Meeting concerns such as social justice, peace, and the environment.
Seeker Sessions. Gatherings to introduce and explore Quakerism. Both new and experienced Friends are welcome. Dates and times are announced in advance.
Study Groups. Join or start a long-term group. Bible study, Quaker topics, and spirituality groups are available and ongoing.
- Committees. Join a committee to help with the work of the Meeting, and make new friends.