Williamsburg Quakers Move to New Meetinghouse

After meeting for 36 years, the Quakers of Williamsburg Friends Meeting are now occupying their own meetinghouse. They have recently leased Fahs House on the campus of the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists at 3051 Ironbound Road.

The Williamsburg Quakers (members of the Religious Society of Friends) first met in 1981 the home of founding members Len and Peg McMaster. In the early 1990's the group met on Sunday afternoons at St. Martin's Episcopal Church. Since 2006, the Williamsburg Montessori School on Longhill Road has been the Quakers' Sunday morning home. With the new space on the WUU campus, Williamsburg Friends plan to host more community events and discussions throughout the week.

Quakers have no written creed, relying on the understanding that there is that of God in every person. From this central conviction flow the activities and witnesses for which Quakers have been known, including work for civil rights and peace, and commitment to simplicity and environmental stewardship.

The Williamsburg Meeting is unprogrammed, which means that everyone present assumes responsibility for ministry, and there is no paid minister. Meetings are silent until someone is led to offer vocal ministry.

Meeting for Worship is at 10:00, followed by tea-time and then First Day School (for children) and Adult Discussion from 11:30 to 12:15. Visitors are always welcome.

For information, call 566-4341 or visit http://www.quakercloud.org/cloud/williamsburg-friends-meeting.

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