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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 Sixth Month

Membership

  • How can I actively support the meeting community?
  • How can I support the Clerk of Meeting the clerks of committees?
  • How am I maturing into the fullness of membership in this spiritual community?
  • How does the meeting community nurture my spiritual growth and transformation?
  • In what ways does the meeting makes its needs clear to each of us?

From Baltimore Yearly Meeting “Advices.”

We affirm that each Friend, not just the Clerk, has a direct responsibility for the meeting….Membership carries with it spiritual obligations. Each of us, as members, is called to participate in the meeting’s spiritual life and to attend worship regularly. Members need to nurture each other’s God-given gifts and talents. As members, we are invited to seek guidance from one another and the meeting in discerning God’s will for ourselves. Pray for one another.

The basic spiritual commitment of membership creates practical obligations. The vitality of each monthly meeting depends on its members’ investments of time, energy, and financial support…”

Voices

“For as in one body we have many members, and not all members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.”
— Romans 12:4-5 (NRSV)

“So the measuring line of righteousness is in this known;…So wait to know every particular of yourselves, to be heirs of this; and know your portion, the power of God, the gospel fellowship, then ye are members one of another, and living stones, that build up the spiritual household.”
George Fox, 1664

“As Quakers, we have no creed to recite, no confession to confess, no rituals to undergo that will reliably bring us into the fullness of membership. But we do have a rich and inspiring tradition; we have each other; and we have the Spirit of God which, we are promised, will ‘lead us into all things’…Membership in a Quaker meeting is a spirit-led journey of coming to know ourselves as individual-in-community, a journey on which we experience meeting as a place of acceptance, a place of shared values, a place of transformation, and a place of obedience.”
— Thomas Gates, 2004

“Worthiness has nothing to do with membership. God has already accepted us in our imperfection and is loving us forward toward a more perfect image of God’s self. The real issue in membership is commitment on the part of both the meeting and the applicant to remain faithful to the development and requirements of the process within Quaker tradition.”
Patricia Loring, 1997



Calendar

The Goose Creek meeting house is open for in-person worship. Masking is optional. We are also continuing to offer Meeting for Worship via Zoom. Please use the link below to join us at 9:45 a.m. if you prefer to worship online.

Link for Meeting for Worship:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83350737205?pwd=Z0pNM2xZRTBpSDQwa2ZaMmRiRHM0UT09

Meeting ID: 833 5073 7205
Passcode: 061785

Wednesday, June 1
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

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

Wednesday, June 8
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, June 12
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Book Sunday & Ice Cream Social

Monday, June 13
6:30 p.m. Community book read: “Opening Doors to Quaker Religious Education.” (Zoom)

Wednesday, June 15
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, June 19
9:00 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Nominating Committee meeting

Wednesday, June 22
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Friday, June 24
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Unity with Nature guided meditation (Zoom)

Sunday, June 26
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

Wednesday, June 29
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, July 3
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, July 6
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, July 10
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: Anti-racism Committee presentation: “Segregation by Design” + potluck.

Wednesday, July 13
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, July 17
9:00 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, July 20
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, July 24
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, July 27
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Friday, July 29
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Unity with Nature guided meditation (Zoom)

Sunday, July 31
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

To request an email announcement or addition to the calendar, please contact us at goosecreeknews@gmail.com. Please read our Goose Creek Email Protocol for further guidance.

Goose Creek COVID-19 Protocols [GOOSE CREEK IS CURRENTLY OPEN FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP.)
If you choose to join us for worship in the meeting house, please note the following:
All Friends are asked to wear a mask until further notice, regardless of vaccination status, and observe physical distancing while in the meetinghouse.
Children may participate in in-door Meeting for Worship, masked.
— Those who aren’t comfortable indoors may remain on the porch.
— Those attending other events in the meeting house, such as memorials, will be asked to follow the same procedures.


Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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