In 1996 our late friend Tony Back-Adams wrote: “Regular meetings for worship need to be planted in various parts of [the UK]. Most Friends in Christ live isolated from others, often separated by long distances. But meetings have grown from just one Friend sitting down to worship, and if only more were prepared to do just that, if only once monthly, great things could begin to happen for Jesus…”
Since then Meetings for worship have been held in various places. Often these have only lasted as long as there have been a couple of Friends in a given area, until people move on. But when any enquirer gets in touch and asks where the nearest meeting is we often say “At thy house”.
On this page we hope to keep readers up-to-date with such meetings for waiting worship in the name of Jesus Christ that we do know of.
GOSHEN MEETING, Scone, Scotland
Meetings are held in the Small Hall at the rear of Scone Public Hall, Queen’s Road, Scone, PH2 6QJ, Scotland, at 11am for about an hour, on the 1st day of the week*, twice a month. All are welcome – the door is open to anyone who is willing to wait on the Lord. The Schedule for the remainder of 2014 follows below.
Tenth* Month – 5th and 19th
Eleventh Month – 2nd and 23rd
Twelfth Month – 7th and 21st
*We number the days of the week and the months of the year, rather than give them names derived from pre-Christian gods. “For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name” Hosea 2:17
MEETING IN THE MANNER OF CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS in London
We are heartened to hear of a meeting of like-minded and faithful Friends meeting in Jesus’ name in London. Meetings take place at The Quaker Centre, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ, on alternate 7th days (called ‘Saturday’ by the world), counting from 20th of Tenth Month 2012. Friends gather first at the Quaker Centre/coffee shop at 9.15am, and then Bible study and Meeting for Worship – unprogrammed and untimed – takes place in the Meeting Room. All are welcome.
RIPLEY QUAKER MEETING – ‘Skype Meeting’
Anyone with Skype on his or her computer is welcome to join friends for worship every First Day at 10:30am UK time. Just look for ‘Ripley Quaker Meeting’. Waiting worship together via the internet is a valuable way for isolated Friends to have fellowship. The Meeting’s web site is here.
MEET FOR WORSHIP IN YOUR HOMES
Often, when someone contacts us and asks “Where is my nearest meeting?”, we answer “At thy house!” It is often the case that a meeting for worship will first be planted by a single person retiring from the world wo wait upon the Lord in his or her own house. Family and friends might be invited. From there, it is an easy step – if the Lord wills it and leads those people who meet together – to hire a public room and invite anyone who wishes to worship with them.