Bethesda Friends Meeting


COVID-19 Meeting Information

Bethesda Friends are worshiping together

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

  1. Indoors in the Meetinghouse at the Sidwell Friends Lower School, 
  2. Online via Zoom. 

    Sunday Worship

    You are always welcome at a Quaker Meeting for Worship!

    BFM Meeting houseQuaker Meetings are open to all, Quaker and non-Quaker alike. If you would like to join us and share in our stillness, come! Our common ground is the experience of worship.

    As we sit in silent worship as a community, we carefully listen in contemplative expectation of Divine guidance for ourselves and our community. We find both peace of mind and challenging insights, deep community and a renewed sense of individual purpose.

    During our meetings for worship, it may be that a message comes to someone along with the clear knowledge that the message is to be shared. We listen to messages, and in our quiet center, consider what, if any, part of it might speak to us.

    Toward the end of Meeting for Worship, people are invited to share joys and sorrows and to ask that a particular close relative or friend be “held in the Light.” The end of Meeting for Worship is indicated when those sitting nearby shake hands. It is a custom to ask visitors, or people who have been away for awhile, to introduce themselves to the community. There may be a few announcements. An important announcement is to introduce a member of the Pastoral Care Committee who is there to listen to any questions and concerns that one might have. It is customary to linger for a time when Meeting is over to greet one another and usually to share refreshments.

    For more detailed information about our Sunday worship see this page and our FAQs.

    For details on our worship and other activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, please go to this page

    For information about child care and children's religious education, please go to our Children's page.

    Other Meetings for Worship

    • At the Spring Fling eventFor conducting business
      Please visit our Special Services page for “Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business.”
    • For marriage
      Please visit our Special Services page for “A Marriage Under the Care of the Meeting.”
    • To celebrate the life of a deceased member of the community
      Please visit our Special Services page for “A Friends Memorial Meeting.”
    • Worship Sharing
      Some Quaker sessions will use a worship method called "Worship Sharing." This is more participatory than a Meeting for Worship and more structured than a simple discussion session. "Typically Worship Sharing focuses on a particular question and helps us to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in 'that which is eternal'.” (This explanation is copied from a Friends General Conference website on Worship Sharing. To read additional Friends General Conference guidelines on Worship Sharing, please click here and also click herePDF documents)

    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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