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ABOUT QUAKERS

Quakers do not have any hierarchy: there are no priests or paid ministers. Neither do Quakers have any creed, in other words there is no set of beliefs on which all Quakers agree. Many Members of Westminster Quakers consider themselves to be Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc. and many do not; quite a few Members consider themselves to be atheists.

However, there are concerns on which Quakers are in unity, resulting in testimonies on such topics as simplicity, equality, truth & integrity, and peace:

• There is something sacred in every person

• All people are equal before God*

• Religion is about the whole of life

• We meet in stillness to discover a deeper sense of God’s* presence

• True religion leads to respect for the earth and all life upon it

• Each person is unique, precious, a child of God*

*whatever your understanding of the word 'God' may be - Quakers welcome the diversity of this understanding in each and every person.

These testimonies lead many Quakers to take social action. For more information about all aspects of Quaker life, please see: www.quaker.org.uk (http://www.quaker.org.uk/)

There is no charge for becoming (or resigning as) a formal Member of the Quakers, but this is only open to regular Attenders.

There is NO CHARGE for attending any of the meetings; all are welcome to attend.

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For more information about Westminster Quakers, please see: http://www.westminsterquakers.org.uk

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Wednesday Evening Quaker Meeting

Westminster Quaker Meeting House

You are welcome to attend our meetings, whatever your beliefs or religion. Our form of worship is based on silent prayerful communal waiting. Meetings begin when the first person enters the room and takes a seat. We come together initially in silence. Out of the silence, one of us may feel compelled to speak: we call this vocal ministry. After a pause, in which the silent communion is re-established, another Friend may be led to speak. Meeting for Worship is not, however, the place for discussion or debate. If the ministry does not “speak to your condition”, let it pass, and seek to become still again. The end of the meeting is signalled by a Member shaking hands. We do not have any paid ministers. Quakers believe in “the priesthood of all believers”. After each Meeting for Worship, many Members and Attenders gather in the Library for tea and biscuits. There is NO CHARGE to attend a Meeting for Worship; but, if you take refreshments, we ask for a small voluntary donation to cover the cost.

Friday Evening Drop-in Silence

Westminster Quaker Meeting House

"BE A HUMAN BEING, NOT A HUMAN DOING" * RETREAT - Every Friday evening, escape the stresses of city living and join others in a shared silence in the heart of the West End. It is free for all. Drop in any time between 5.30 and 7.00; sit for as long as you want; leave whenever you like. * RELAX - Although it's in the Quaker Meeting House, there is no philosophy, no religion and no catch. Just peace, tranquility and silence. * RECHARGE - Go completely offline. Just like you, all personal technology must be switched off, leaving you to focus on you and your world. * RETURN - Week after week, return as often as you like and learn to enjoy the benefits of bringing silence into your life. For full details, see: http://www.dropinsilence.org WHEN YOU ARRIVE There will always be a volunteer from Drop-in Silence to greet you in the entrance gallery by the front door. The volunteer will be able to answer any questions you may have, and will show you how to get to the Meeting Room where Drop-in Silence is held. GUIDELINES to help you gain the most out of your experience Please switch all your devices OFF or to SILENT before entering the Meeting Room. (Please do not set devices to vibrate, since this is still very loud in the silence.) Please make any noisy adjustments (e.g. removing outer clothing, unzipping pockets) before entering. Please enter quietly and sit down. Please remain as silent as possible and do nothing to disturb others. You may read or write, so long as this does not disturb those around you. Please do not consume any food or drink (but there is usually a jug of water on the centre table for anyone with a tickly throat). Please leave quietly and do not start talking until you are back in the entrance gallery by the front door. Finally and most importantly: We are all human - please try to remain serene if other people overlook any of these guidelines and, above all, please do not allow anything to spoil your enjoyment of Drop-in Silence! AT THE END OF DROP-IN SILENCE At about 7.00pm, one of the volunteers will indicate that Drop-in Silence is over by shaking hands. When you become aware of this, if you are comfortable doing so, you are invited to simply shake hands with the people around you. Some people leave straight away; others remain to break the silence in the library. ACCESSIBILITY There is step-free access from St Martins Lane to Drop-in Silence and to the accessible toilet. LEGAL NOTICES, ETC. There are never any 'surprise' fire drills: if you hear the alarm, please gather your immediate belongings and leave the building straight away. There is a first aid kit in the kitchen, but Drop-in Silence volunteers are not trained to give first aid. Sadly, thieves are known to operate in the West End on Friday evenings. Please take good care of your belongings. Drop-in Silence cannot accept responsibility for any loss. Drop-in Silence is only available to adults (i.e. over 18 years old). Drop-in Silence reserves the right to refuse admission. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Drop-in Silence is being made possible by Westminster Quakers as a way to reach out and share their unique silence in the heart of the West End with the wider community. There has been a Quaker meeting in Westminster for over 350 years. During that time, members of the meeting have not only managed to purchase land and build a succession of Meeting Houses; they have also evolved a way of living that is centred on silence and peace. The present building was designed specifically for peace and silence when it was opened in 1956 after the old Meeting House had been destroyed by war-time bombing. Westminster Quakers have agreed to open the Meeting House from 5.30pm till 7.00pm on Friday evenings, initially until the end of June 2016. Drop-in Silence is being staffed by volunteers from Westminster Quakers and all the costs of publicity, etc. are being paid for by donations from individual members. Silence and peace are at the heart of Quaker life, and they want to share the benefits with others. There is no philosophy, no religion and no catch - just the chance to sit with others in shared silence. For full details, please see: www.dropinsilence.org (http://www.dropinsilence.org/)

Sunday Morning Quaker Meeting

Westminster Quaker Meeting House

You are welcome to attend Quaker meetings, whatever your beliefs or religion; these meetings are based on silent communal waiting. Occasionally, the entire 60-minute meeting is held in complete silence. Meetings begin when the first person enters the room and takes a seat. We come together initially in silence. Out of the silence, one of us may feel compelled to speak: we call this vocal ministry. After a pause, in which the silent communion is re-established, another Member or Attender may be led to speak. Quaker meetings are not, however, the place for discussion or debate. If the ministry does not “speak to your condition”, let it pass, and seek to become still again. The end of the meeting is signalled by the Member sitting in the middle (opposite the clock) shaking hands with other Members and Attenders. After each Quaker meeting, many Members and Attenders gather in the Library for tea and biscuits. There is NO CHARGE to attend a Quaker meeting; but, if you take refreshments, we ask for a small voluntary donation to cover the cost. https://youtu.be/gCaroOml7RY

Tuesday Lunchtime Quaker Meeting

Westminster Quaker Meeting House

You are welcome to attend our meetings, whatever your beliefs or religion. Our form of worship is based on silent prayerful communal waiting. Often, the entire 30-minute meeting is held in complete silence Meetings begin when the first person enters the room and takes a seat. We come together initially in silence. Out of the silence, one of us may feel compelled to speak: we call this vocal ministry. After a pause, in which the silent communion is re-established, another Friend may be led to speak. Meeting for Worship is not, however, the place for discussion or debate. If the ministry does not “speak to your condition”, let it pass, and seek to become still again. The end of the meeting is signalled by a Member shaking hands. We do not have any paid ministers. Quakers believe in “the priesthood of all believers”. After each Meeting for Worship, many Members and Attenders gather in the Library for tea and biscuits. There is NO CHARGE to attend a Meeting for Worship; but, if you take refreshments, we ask for a small voluntary donation to cover the cost.

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Tuesday Lunchtime Quaker Meeting

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