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. via a Zoom worship connection 

  • 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.  

  • Thank you to those who worshiped outdoors in November and December. We hope to return to outdoor worship in Spring 2021. 

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

Toy Drive for A Wider Circle's Holiday Program

BFM's youth sponsored a toy drive for A Wider Circle's Holiday Program in December 2020.

  • BFM elves picked up new, unwrapped toys during December. The toys will be distributed to families who visitA Wider Circle during the month of December, as well as through their partnership with the DC Housing Authority. (This partnership seeks to provide gifts to over 10,000 children living in public housing in Washington, DC.)
  • Below is a photo of two elves who were collecting in December. The BFM children have really stepped up to help keep "giving to others" the focus of the BFM community. 

Annual Walk-a-thon for Interfaith Works

homeless program

In November  2020, our Religious Education program raised money for the Interfaith Works Help the Homeless program. Sixteen people representing eight families walked in Bethesda on a lovely fall day, holding signs and banners high while staying physically distant.  Generous donations from those who walked and those who joined in spirit totaled $635 giving Bethesda Friends Meeting second place in overall donations!


Bible Study, every Thursday 

7:00 p.m. on Zoom

BFM Bible Study meets every Thursday in January at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom using the Great Courses series, Understanding the Old Testament.  

Click here for 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 2020, 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 

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 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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