Bethesda Friends Meeting

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COVID-19 Meeting Information

Bethesda Friends Meetinghouse is closed during the Covid pandemic, 

but our spiritual connection and activities are continuing

Friends can meet on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in two ways:

(a) virtually via a Zoom worship connection, or  

(b) in-person in an outdoor tent on Sidwell Friends Lower School campus. 

Both are opportunities to communicate in Spirit with each other.

  • Click here for information about this Sunday's Meeting for Worship at 11:00 a.m. as well as the week's activities and opportunities for connection.
  • If you wish to join the in-person Worship, registration is required. There is also a letter with safety details for supervised children's play.

Welcome to Bethesda Friends Meeting

We're Quakers who meet every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Our meetinghouse is on the Sidwell Friends Lower School campus.
We are now worshiping in person concurrently with our Zoom worship. 

  • Two tents are set up for a maximum of 20 Friends to worship in-person on 
  • Sunday. 
  • Advance registration is required. Register here to join us.  
  • Read our safety requirements here

We strive for:

SIMPLICITY - Learning to discern the essential from the non-essential.

PEACE - Living in a spirit that takes away the occasion for all war.

INTEGRITY - Being who we truly are and truly meaning what we say.

COMMUNITY - Knowing that we need one another in order to be whole.

EQUALITY - Knowing that everyone, everywhere is equally precious to God. This includes people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, races, ethnicities, levels of resources, and theological perspectives.

STEWARDSHIP - Caring for the environment and using time and resources wisely, not wastefully.

We are a welcoming community. We believe there is that of the Divine in every person.

See more videos and learn more about Quakers at

Toy Drive for A Wider Circle's Holiday Program

BFM's Religious Education Committee is sponsoring a toy drive for A Wider Circle's Holiday Program.

  • Toys will be distributed to families visiting A Wider Circle's  Center during the month of December, as well as through their partnership with the DC Housing Authority, a partnership through which AWC will seek to provide gifts to over 10,000 children living in public housing in Washington, DC.
  • All members of the Bethesda Friends community are invited to participate.
  • Please join us in donating a toy to help make a child's Christmas more merry!

Here's how

            1. Purchase a toy (or toys) of your choice. This is for children of all ages (babies through age 17) and the toys should be unwrapped.

AWC asks only that it be nonviolent, and if is is a doll, it be brown in skin tone.

(Some suggestions: A game such as Qwirkle, Kerplunk or Scrabble Jr., a Wilson NFL Football, Soft baby sock toys, Baby Alive Ready for School (with black curly hair), Crayola Color Caddy)

            2. Let Susan M. (see Directory) know that you will be participating.

            3. Sign up for one of the two pick-up Saturdays, December 5 or December 12. (Signup coming soon!)

            4. On your appointed Saturday, make sure that the toy is outside for the "driving elves” (aka volunteers) to see clearly.

            5. Once our elves have collected all of the toys, they will bring them to A Wider Circle to be added to their North Pole. For details, Susan M. (see Directory)

Bible Study

Every Thursday 

7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Bible Study will meet every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom using the Great Courses series, Understanding the Old Testament.

Click here for more details.

Food drive for Manna Foods in Gaithersburg, MD.

Students from BFM's First Day School

organized a food drive. 

BFM students deliver canned goods to Manna Foods, Bethesda, MD

In early July, the children and their families visited Manna Food Center and dropped off about 660 pounds of donations that they collected from BFM friends and families. 

Food delivery to Manna Foods, Gaithersburg, MD

Upcoming events


Black Lives Matter walk in Bethesda, MD


Sunday Meeting for Worship

(Please click here to see BFM's worship schedule while the Meeting House is closed)

11:00 AM
Every Sunday

[Worship will re-open in the Meeting House when Sidwell Friends Lower School is back in session.]

Visitors are welcome.

Click here for location & map to our Meetinghouse

Monthly Spiritual Formation Program

3rd Saturday of each month

October 2020-June 2021

1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Do you want to journey together in a community of like-hearted souls? If so, join us for the nine-month BYM spiritual formation program.

  • We will meet monthly as a whole group for worship-sharing, focused on a reading.
  • There will be an additional monthly small group meeting for personal sharing.

For detailed information and registration/contact

information, please click here.

Wednesday Mid-Week Worship

While the Meeting House is closed, our mid-week Worship on Wednesdays is meeting virtually. If you wish to join the  group, please read the announcement here. After the virtual Meeting there is a sharing time afterwards. 

8:00-8:30 PM
Every Wednesday

Please see our events calendar for more information.

BFM Book Group

(This group is meeting via Zoom while BFM is closed. Please contact Leslie S. [see Directory] for an update.)

1:30 - 3:15 PM
2nd Saturday of each month

Please see information in the most recent newsletter or click here to find the event on our calendar.

Resource: How to Calculate your Carbon Footprint

To follow up on this past event

Use our Carbon Footprint Resources (pdf)

Bethesda Friends Meeting

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824

Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

We are a member of the Religious Society of Friends

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