Orange County Friends Meeting
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Costa Mesa, California

What to expect on your first visit

You will be welcome!

In a Quaker Meeting for Worship, we wait in expectant silence, with no planned program, seeking to experience the source of life and truth.

As we quiet our senses, we reach a deeper level within ourselves and approach the spiritual center of the meeting.

In the quietness of a Quaker meeting, we try to come nearer to each other and to God, or the Light within. We may become aware of a deep and powerful spirit of comfort, love, and truth.

We may share a new spiritual awareness together even though we each account for spiritual experiences in different ways.

We may become aware of an insight, a clearer understanding. If we feel that the idea belongs not only to us but also to the group, an urgency within us may prompt us to share it.

The silence may be broken when someone feels called, or moved, to say something in response to a prompting of the spirit of the meeting.

The brief spoken words are followed by a period of silent consideration, not by immediate replies.

Meeting closes as we clasp hands with those sitting nearby.

After this hour of worship, there will be short introductions and announcements before we share refreshments.

View a Quaker Speak video

Some experienced Quakers explore questions like these: " Have you ever experienced a “Gathered” Meeting for Worship? What was the experience like? What is the most significant or memorable Quaker Meeting for Worship you have experienced? "