Bethesda Friends Meeting

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BFM now offers indoor worship (in addition to Zoom worship)

  1. In-person worship. Friends are invited to gather in person for Meeting for Worship in the Meeting House on the Lower School campus. Anyone attending should carefully consider the additional risks of gathering in person. In accordance with the risk levels in the BFM Covid Safety Guidelines, the following Covid rules apply to in-person meetings:
    • You must be vaccinated against COVID-19.  
    • You must wear a mask. As of May 10, masks are mandatory indoors due to the increased Covid levels. 
    • You must maintain social distancing.
    • You must self-screen based on COVID symptoms or exposure.  You may not attend in-person Meeting for Worship if you have a fever, have COVID symptoms, have tested positive for COVID, or have been exposed in the past 10 days to an individual testing positive for, or displaying symptoms of, COVID.
    • You must sign in on a simple sign-in sheet.
    • You must notify BFM promptly if you have a positive test after attending in person via  
      • BFM will provide notice to others who attended the same meeting of the COVID case (but will not identify the person testing positive).

    2. Zoom Meeting for Worship continues online

      • See the Zoom link in the bulletin emailed to you or use our Contact Us form.
      • Informal chat time at the end of Zoom worship. 

    3. Technology.  In-person Friends are connected via laptop with our Zoom worship.

    Indoor Child Care (infants-pre-K) and First Day School for K-8 is held according to the calendar below.  Adults and children age 5 and over must be vaccinated and observe the standard Covid rules.  

    Scroll down to see our events for the coming week. 

    Sunday~May 22, 2022 -- Also see our Events listing

    Sunday, May 22

    9:15 a.m.

    Peace and Social Justice

    11:00 a.m.

    Meeting for Worship

    2:00 p.m.

    Diversity Change and Threshing Meeting

    7:30 p.m.

    Experiment with Light (via e-mail/phone, Zoom sharing)

    Tuesday, May 24

    7:00 p.m.

    Comparative Religions: Intro. to the Qur’an

    Wednesday, May 25

    8:00 p.m.

    Mid-week Worship (Check in via e-mail)

    Friday, May 27

    6:00 p.m.

    Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology

    7:00 p.m.

    Youth Friends Conference, Goose Creek VA

    Sunday, May 29

    11:00 a.m.

    Meeting for Worship

    1:00 p.m.

    Coordinating Gathering

    Head of Meeting:  Bernie B. On May 29, Doug S.


    Pastoral Care: If you have concerns about personal issues or questions about membership, Bethesda Friends Meeting, or Quaker faith and practice, please be in touch with today's Friendly Ear (a member of the Pastoral Care Committee, see your email bulletin and the person will be introduced at the end of Worship each Sunday).

    The Social Concern for May is Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR). RSWR is a Quaker micro-credit organization that supports grassroots income-generating projects led by women, many of whom are making less than a dollar a day. Their mission statement reads: God calls us to the right sharing of world resources, from the burdens of materialism and poverty into the abundance of God’s love, to work for equity through partnership with our sisters and brothers throughout the world. In 2021, RSWR made 42 grants totaling $602,000 to fund groups which supported 1,110 women to start small businesses in India, Kenya and Sierra Leone. To learn more, see: 

    To donate online to this Social Concern, you can go to:   Be sure to designate that your contribution is for the social concern.  You can also send a check, made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting, to Assistant Treasurer: M. Ballard, 3050 Military Rd, NW, Apt. 834, Washington, DC 20015. Please write the designation on the memo line. 

    You're also welcome to donate to Bethesda Friends Meeting directly to support all Meeting activities via the same methods (online or by check).

    Religious Education: There will be no First Day School on Sunday May 15 due to the Spring Family Gathering and potluck at the Ingram family farm later in the day. If you are a family with school-aged children and would like to join other families, FDS teachers and members of the RE committee on 5/15, please email Susan M.

    11:00 - 12:10 on Sunday  Meeting for Worship Bethesda Friends worship together simultaneously in two venues.  Friends can (a) participate by Zoom, or (b) join us indoors in the Meeting House on the Sidwell Friends Lower School campus. 

    In both venues you can arrive at 10:45 to chat informally before settling into silence at 11:00 a.m. There is also an informal chat time on Zoom at the end of Meeting (about 12:15).  

    • Worship in person. Visitors are welcome. Friends can worship together indoors if they are vaccinated and have no Covid symptoms or known exposure. Worship will by hybrid, with a laptop connection to hear and see Friends who are on Zoom. As of May 10 and forward, Friends must be vaccinated, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing, as well as several other rules listed above to keep us all safe. Click here for today's details on BFM Covid safety.  
    • Worship via Zoom. Friends can worship with us remotely via Zoom. See the most recent email Bulletin for Zoom access informationVisitors are welcome. 

    Visitors: If you'd like the Zoom link for online worship with our community, please use our "Contact us" form and tell us about your interest in Bethesda Friends. We welcome your joining us.   

    • At noon we will share joys and sorrows, and we welcome visitors to introduce themselves.  
    • At 12:15, you can stay on the Zoom link for an informal chat time. Please join us!
    • Childcare is available every Sunday during in-person Meeting for Worship for ages 6 mo through pre-K.  
    • First Day School (age K-8) is normally held the First and Third Sundays for vaccinated children. Please see calendar above.  If your family plans to come to FDS, please read and follow the COVID guidelines. Teachers will meet children in the Meeting House at 10:50 a.m. and walk together to a classroom in the Manor House at 11:00 a.m. Parents will be asked to complete a short registration form before class. If you have not yet signed up, please use our "Contact us" form.

      Please join the Diversity Change and Threshing Prep Groups on Sunday May 22, 2:00-3:15 PM to meet consultants from reparationWorks (Lucy Duncan & Rob Peagler), whose response to BFM’s Request For Proposals was most aligned to our aspirations following the Meeting's fall threshing session on systemic racism. We are interested in having them support BFM’s work to counter systemic racism in ourselves, our community, and the world.  Lucy is a nationally known Quaker (formerly of AFSC) who has been active in this area for some time; her life and work partner, Rob, is a black social entrepreneur who has spearheaded creative projects on diversity and inclusion in the Philadelphia area.  They will describe their approach to working with BFM and you will have a chance to ask any questions you may have about the substance of the work. Please use our "Contact us" form to request the Zoom link.

      Experiment with Light. Experiment with Light is a meditative and centering practice based upon Rex Ambler’s book Light to Live By, which describes early Quaker meditative habits and translates them into a highly accessible process of clearness and understanding. Starting at 7:30 p.m., you can follow the prompts at home and write or draw responses you have experienced during those prompts. Here is the link to the prompts: usually use the meditation on the individual in modern language, full length, 37 minute version. Then around 8:30 p.m., if you would like to worship-share from your meditation experience via Zoom. For details or questions: Jane M. C. or use our "Contact us" form.

      The Comparative Religions class  In April, the Comparative Religions class will start a 12-lecture series from Great Courses entitled Introduction to the Qur'an, taught by Prof. Martyn Oliver of American University. We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm for a half hour lecture and a half hour discussion. A group of 8 to 10 has been meeting, and we greatly enjoy the fellowship as much as the lessons.You are welcome to join anytime.  For more information, contact Alex B. or use our "Contact us" form. 

      Bethesda Friends Meeting’s stay-at-home Mid-Week Worship by e-mail on Wednesdays, from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.  While some of our regulars prefer to simply join in Spirit at the appointed time, others enjoy the brief connection provided by an email at the start and end of worship. At rise of meeting, those on that session's email list who are moved to do so may share experiences by reply-all. Contact Dot L. (see Directory) for more information. 

      BYM Young Friends Conference (high school aged) is happening May 27-29 at Goose Creek Friends Meeting in Purcellville, VA. Find out more and register here. For details, please contact Sunshine K.,

      Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology Please feel welcome to attend the Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology, at Pendle Hill, in Wallingford PA, from Friday, May 27, 6:00 p.m., through lunch on Monday, May 30. FCRP is dedicated to individual spiritual exploration with a focus on in-depth psychology, specifically Jungian psychology. The conference is open to all.

      Do You Have a Graduate in Your Family? Each year at this time we like to celebrate the graduates from high school and college and those receiving advanced degrees. Please let us know by sending an e-mail to Jane M.C. by no later than June 10 for recognition in the July newsletter.


      Registration for BYM Annual Sessions on August 1-7, 2022, at Hood College in Frederick, MD and online. Check it out here.

      Also see our Events calendar.

      Please send all items for next week’s bulletin to Melaura H-S. at bulletin@bethesdafriends.orgItems must by in by 5:30 pm on Thursdays to insure inclusion. Comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Bulletins are also available on our web site:


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      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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