Bethesda Friends Meeting

Quaker Resources at BFM

The Meeting House at Sidwell Friends Lower School is closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • We welcome visitors to join our online Quaker Meeting for Worship on Sunday at 11:00 a.m., as well as any of our other events. 

Please go to this page to see our schedule and to learn how to join our online worship. 

How can one learn more about Quakers?

Booklets available at BFMEach Sunday the Pastoral Care “Friendly Ear” is introduced for visitors or members to ask questions about Quakerism.  The Friendly Ear also responds to spiritual or personal concerns. Pastoral Care has a list of resources (Friends Helping Friends)  within the Meeting that can be supportive.

At the Meetinghouse on the hall table you can take a copy of

  • A Newcomer’s Packet;
  • A weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter that describe activities of the Meeting and tell of upcoming events;
  • Pamphlets that describe Quaker practice and belief.

Other materials are

  • Our most recent BFM Directory, listing names and addresses as well as committees, important dates, and Quaker organizations. (Please ask for a copy.) 
  • Baltimore Yearly Meeting's book “Faith & Practice” (which describes a lot about the Society of Friends).
  • Our Library: Books and other literature are available for you to borrow from the Bethesda Friends Meeting Library.
    • Click here for a list of books in our Library that might interest newcomers. 
  • Books for sale on the Literature/Book Table.
  • Adult Religious Education programs are held 1-2 times a month and offer more information about Quakerism.
  • BFM has a Book Group whose members read and discuss books on Quakerism and Quaker values. All of the books are in our Library, and there's a printout of the monthly discussions. See our most recent newsletter or check the calendar for program dates.
  • Want to be on our mailing list or join our List Serve? Fill out the card in the Newcomer’s Packet or use our Contact Us form.  Please also see our FAQs.
  • More resources about Quakerism are available on these linked web sites that describe our Affiliations as well as our Beliefs & Values.

Quaker vocabulary

If "Quakerspeak" can seem like a foreign language, please read our Glossary of common Quaker terms

See more videos and learn more about Quakers at

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 organization of the Religious Society of Friends

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