Jacksonville Quaker Worship Group

Meeting Circle, by Bobby BuskirkJacksonville Friends (Quakers) welcome anyone who wants to sit together in worshipful silence and to share without judgment our individual and collective spiritual seeking.

Meeting for worship – Sundays, 10:30-11:30 am, followed by open-ended discussion and social time.
Contact Mike Shell: 94-673-2496.

NEW — Second Sundays @ 6 PM
Evening gatherings for worship & fellowship
133 Lora Street Neptune Beach, Florida, 32266
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or click Second Sundays @ 6 PM for directions
Contact Heidi Lowey-Ball: 904-329-9216.

Jacksonville Friends do not currently hold monthly meetings for business. We have a called meeting if discernment or decisions on a concern are needed.

Meeting Brochure (printable PDF tri-fold, 2019)
See Newcomers Information for more details & reading resources

Old Pine at Florida Christian CenterOur Meeting for Worship begins as the first person enters Meeting Brochure (printable PDF tri-fold) silently, sits down, and turns her or his mind toward Spirit/God. We quietly center ourselves to the stillness of the Meeting; tuning out the sounds of the world outside and turning our attention to the inner voice. Don’t worry if you find your mind juggling lively thoughts. Find peace in the stillness surrounding you.

Our Meeting for Worship is unprogrammed (see “Traditional Quaker Worship“). There are no prepared sermons, songs, or prayers. We sit in quiet waiting, listening for our own leadings of the Spirit. If a leading comes, we speak the message into the silence. There is no commenting or discussion following each message. Instead, we return to silence; humbly digesting the spoken message.

Quakers sit in silence because they want to know something that words cannot tell them. They want to feel something or become aware of something that they can really make connection with. It is something fundamental to their life, they know that, indeed it is the underlying reality of their life, but they are not normally aware of it.

– Rex Ambler, The Quaker Way: A rediscovery (2013)

Silent worship ends (the “rise of meeting”) when the Clerk greets Friends. We welcome each other, share announcements, coffee and social time.

Jacksonville Friends Meeting is part of Southeast Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and affiliated with Friends General Conference.