The physical Meetinghouse for Bethesda Friends Meeting is closed during the Covid pandemic,
but our spiritual connection and activities are continuing
Starting Sunday, March 21, Friends can meet to worship together on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in two venues:
Click here for information about this Sunday's Meeting for Worship as well as the week's activities and opportunities to communicate in Spirit with each other.
Welcome to Bethesda Friends Meeting
Bethesda Friends will resume meeting outdoors for worship on Sunday, March 21, 2021,
at 11:00 a.m.
Please join us at home (via Zoom) or under the tents at Sidwell Friends Lower School
in Bethesda, MD.
Outdoor worship requires advance registration.
To register and to see our Covid-19 regulations, please click here.
Summer Camping Program
Enrollment for the BYM camping programs (at Catoctin, Opequon, Shiloh, and Teen Adventure) began on January 15. The camps are residential for children ages 9 to 17.
Anyone may apply on-line (please do!).
Spaces are available first-come, first-served, so please register as s
To register, go to: www.bymcamps.org
Why consider a sleep-away Quaker camp for your children (9 years and older)? For many children, Quakerism and Meeting for Worship are seen as a “grownup” religion and experience. At camp, however, children experience the Inner Light in a natural setting, in outdoor silent worship, and in community with their peers and well-trained, talented counselors, many of whom were once campers themselves.
Campers detach from electronics and social media to have fun playing and participating in camp activities; they gain the confidence that comes from learning practical life skills through daily camp chores; they make lasting friendships with children from other parts of the area or country.
The Quaker camp setting and program afford opportunities for experiential, multi-sensory learning that weekly FDS and traditional school cannot provide.
All Quaker camps are open to children whether they come to BFM or not, so please share this information with others who might be interested.
For details about the camps, visit www. bymcamps.org or contact Camp Program Manager, Brian Massey: 301-774-7663,
Bethesda Friends Meeting offers financial support for these valuable camp experiences, so we invite you to inquire about how to apply. For those who might want financial assistance for their children, our Meeting would like support our children going to camp to the extent of $500 assistance each on a first come, first served basis.
If you are interested, please contact the co-clerk of Pastoral Care: David W. (see Directory or use "Contact us.")
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.
What is My Role in Meeting?
We are entering the season in which those of us on the BFM Nominating Committee seek to understand how our community participants are led by Spirit and/or interests to contribute our talents and skills to the life of the Meeting.
COVID-19 AND END OF LIFE ISSUES
UPCOMING EVENT DETAILS
Resource: How to Calculate your Carbon Footprint
To follow up on this past event
Use our Carbon Footprint Resources (pdf)
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.
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.
Please see our events calendar for more information.