Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

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oose Creek is a warm and welcoming community where we support each other in our shared journeys of the Spirit. We believe, in the words of the Quaker writer Thomas Kelly, that “deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return.” In our worship and in our daily lives we seek to remain always with our hearts turned toward that Divine Center.

Quakerism is not defined by creeds or doctrine. Rather it is a lived spiritual practice where we seek God in our experiences and live out our faith in our shared world. We believe that there is that of God within each and every human being – adults and children – regardless of faith, race, nationality, sexual orientation, or life experiences. We are called to answer that Divine spark, that Light Within, both in ourselves and in others.

We welcome all seekers, find deep kinship in our shared humanity, and value our differences.

Queries for Seventh Month

Social Concerns

  • How do I express my faith in action?
  • Is my sense of justice based in love?
  • Do I endeavor to face the pain of the world and respond to it with forgiveness and comapssion?
  • How do I avoid demonizing those who march against my concern?
  • Do I take my full share of civic responsibility? Do I avoid partisan assumptions and rhetoric?

From Baltimore Yearly Meeting “Advices.”

Our testimonies are not the heart of our faith but are the fruits of our religious convictions. Assure that your actions in the world arise from your love of the Light in every person. Regard no person as your enemy. When opposing specific actions and abuses of power, seek to address the goodness and truth in each individual… Friends are aware that our tasks are founded on witness, not results; that our testimony to the world is the substance of our truth. Assert the transforming power of love and non-violence as a challenge to injustice and aggression and as an instrument of reconciliation.


“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give him what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”
— James 2:14-17

“True godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavor to mend it: not hide their candle under a bushel, but set it upon a table in a candlestick.”
— William Penn, 1682

“When Joseph Hoag in 1812 was pleading his peace principles a man in his audience said, ‘Well, stranger, if all the world was of your mind, I would turn and follow after.’ Joseph replied, ‘So then thou hast a mind to be the last man in the world to be good. I have a mind to be one of the first and set the rest an example.'”
— Howard H. Brinton, 1967

“The great social movements of our time may well be part of our calling. The ideals of peace and justice and equality which are part of our religious tradition are often the focus of debate. But we cannot simply immerse ourselves in these activities. We need to develop our own unique social witness, in obedience to God. We need to listen to the gentle whispers which well tell us how we can bring our lives. into greater harmony with heaven.”
Deborah Haines, 1978

“Jesus’s ministry made clear that acts of reconciliation, of healing, and of service nurture the Seed and extend the Gospel. He demonstrated that the religious life is incomplete without the religious act, the practice of worship sterile without the practice of loving concern for distressed people. The truth He demonstrated has caused Friends to make labor in the areas of their social concerns an essential part of their religious life.”
— New England Yearly Meeting, 1985

“Our witness will lack in power unless it springs from our deep spiritual communion with the divine presence and with one another. We were made for that community and it alone will satisfy the deepest longing of our hearts.”
— Marcelle Martin, 2003


Friends and visitors are also invited to join us for our hybrid Meeting for Worship at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday. If you would like to participate online, please use the link below.

Link for Meeting for Worship:

Meeting ID: 833 5073 7205
Passcode: 061785

For all other online gatherings listed in the calendar, please request link at

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Sunday, July 7
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Tuesday, July 9
7:30 a.m. Rolling Ridge Bird Walk — Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, July 14
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: George Fox’s 400th birthday: Who was George Fox?

Thursday, July 18
7:30 p.m. Unity with Nature online monthly guided nature meditation

Saturday, July 20
10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. Ephemeral Art in Nature — Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, July 21
8:45 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Saturday, July 27
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sacred Dance & Chant — Friends Wilderness Center
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Share & Share S’more Campfire & Open Mic — Friends Wilderness Center
9:00 p.m. onwards Meteors in the Meadow — Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, July 28
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

Sunday, August 4
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Saturday, August 10
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Starlight with Kevin Boles: Perseid meteor shower — Friends Wilderness Center

Sunday, August 11
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Tuesday, August 13
7:30 a.m. Rolling Ridge Bird Walk — Friends Wilderness Center

Thursday, August 15
7:30 p.m. Unity with Nature online monthly guided nature meditation

Sunday, August 18
8:45 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Sunday, August 25
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting
4:00 p.m. Annual picnic

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Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160