Bethesda Friends Meeting

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COVID-19 Meeting Information

The physical Meetinghouse for Bethesda Friends Meeting is closed during the Covid pandemic, 

but our spiritual connection and activities are continuing

Bethesda Friends are worshiping together

on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in two venues

  1. We hold Meetings via a Zoom worship connection.
  2. Concurrently Friends can worship outdoors under the tents at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Bethesda, MD. 
  • Click here for information about our weekly activities and also how to register for outdoor worship
  • The outdoor registration page includes a sign up for children's playground supervision at 11:00 a.m. 

 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

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 via Zoom as well as outdoors under open tents.  

Our Social Concern in june is for comfort cases 

    Comfort Cases believes that every foster child deserves to feel a sense of dignity, for example to be able to pack their belongings in a special bag that they can call their very own.

    • Each Comfort Case for a baby, child, or teen is a soft backpack or duffel with PJs, a blanket, toiletries, stuffed animal, and books (including a coloring book or journal). 
    • The group also engages communities and educates the public about the issues facing youth in foster care, for example by providing volunteer opportunities for all ages. 
    • Comfort Cases relies on donations from the community and that is where we need you. Our purpose is to collect and donate new items to Comfort Cases to help fill the comfort case backpacks. Families from First Day School will be picking up donated items from BFM households on the last two Saturdays in June:  June 19 and 26. See details in the weekly email bulletin, or use our "Contact us" form.  You can also donate funds online. 
    • Items needed include new backpacks, new pajamas, new stuffed animals, new blankets, toothbrushes and new travel-size toiletries.  Click here for details. 

    Bethesda Friends has resumed meeting outdoors for worship as of 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 

    Playground supervision for children during the 11:00 a.m. Meeting is available. Sign up on the registration page.

    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:

                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. or contact Camp Program Manager, Brian Massey: 301-774-7663,
    . For an extended list of Quaker camps,

    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.
    We believe there is that of the Divine
    in every person.

    See more videos and learn more about Quakers at

    • BFM has formed an End of Life Group to provide legal, spiritual, and practical resources to help our community cope with the uncertainties and fears surrounding the end of life. 
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly elevated concerns about the health of family and friends, and the possibility that they could become gravely ill and die. 
    • Although conversations with our loved ones about such a possibility are difficult, it’s important to prepare.
    • Please click here to see more details and resources. 


    BFM Book Group

    Via Zoom while our Meetinghouse is closed.

    Please contact Leslie S. [see Directory] for an update.

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

    Please click here to find the event on our calendar.

    Upcoming events

    Black Lives Matter walk in Bethesda, MD

    Resource: How to Calculate your Carbon Footprint

    To follow up on this past event

    Use our Carbon Footprint Resources (pdf)


    Sunday Meeting for Worship

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

    11:00 AM Every Sunday 

    Visitors are welcome.

    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 weekly announcement here. After the virtual Meeting there is a sharing time afterwards. 

    8:00-8:30 PM
    Every Wednesday

    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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