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.

  • Each Sunday, there will be ways you can worship with us.  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 (July 5-11).

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.

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.

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

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25 million stitches panel

The children in BFM's First Day School stitched and submitted this panel to the 25 Million Stitches Project.

The project invited people around the world to submit hand-stitched panels with each stitch representing one of the world's 25 million refugees. The yearlong project has collected over 1,150 panels so far with 13 million stitches counted. The resulting installation will open in Sacramento, California in June 20, 2020, World Refugee Day, circumstances permitting.

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.


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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