Bethesda Friends Meeting

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COVID-19 Closing Information

Bethesda Friends Meetinghouse is closed during the Covid pandemic, 

but our spiritual connection and activities are continuing

BFM has opportunities to meet virtually for worship, to share joys and sorrows,

and to communicate in Spirit with each other.

  • Click here for information about this Sunday's Meeting for Worship at 11:00 a.m.
    • Click here for details on this week's activities and opportunities for connection (September 20-26).

Original announcement (March 12) that the Bethesda Friends Meeting House will be closed

Updated announcement (July 3) on the possibility of holding in-person Meeting for Worship

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 (although closed now due to the pandemic).

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

Special BFM "Monday Event"

October 5 and 6 at 7-8 pm. 

A White Historian Explores Black Voting Rights

--with Susan Strasser.  

American voting has historically been restricted on the basis of many things other than race, including gender, class, ethnicity, religion, age, and personal history. But race stands out. Voting has been one aspect of a larger system of racist laws and customs.

Using nearly sixty images and maps, "A White Historian Explores Black Voting Rights" surveys this history, with emphasis on two moments of possibility—Reconstruction and the early 1960s— and on recent attacks on the right to vote. Historian Susan Strasser seeks to serve people grappling with contemporary issues of race and racism. This is the third of a series of illustrated talks, "A White Historian Reads Black History." 

Presented on Zoom by the Peace and Social Justice Committee over two nights – Oct 5 and 6 at 7:00 p.m.  You must register in advance for this meeting.

--READ MORE details here

Bible Study

Every Thursday in October

7:00 p.m. on Zoom

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

The first five lectures cover Genesis - the Creation story, Noah and Abraham.

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


Hunger Relief in Montgomery County

This event will be rescheduled

after BFM re-opens

Jackie DeCarlo, member of our Meeting and head of the Manna Food Center, will talk about new trends in hunger relief in Montgomery County and how her participation in the life of Bethesda Friends shapes her professional journey.

Please click here for more information. 

Effective, Spirit-Led Committees

How do we run committees that are both

effective and Spirit-led?

This event will be rescheduled

after BFM re-opens

We will use queries to examine how we discern our work in BFM committees: As clerks, members, and potential participants. 

For more information, please click here.

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

Wednesday Mid-Week Worship

(While the Meeting House is closed, our mid-week Worship on Wednesdays has taken on a new vitality by 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

[Meeting virtually while the Meeting House on the Sidwell Lower School campus is closed.]

Please see our events calendar for more information.

Click here for map to our Meetinghouse

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 for more information.

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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