There are five Quaker meetings in the York area.
Three of these are in York itself, the largest based in Friargate. Around York, members of the Religious Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) worship and work together as York Area Meeting.
Our Quaker Meeting Houses are not only home to thriving Quaker meetings, but also a community resource – meeting places for many community groups and organisations.
Quakers share a way of life rather than a set of beliefs.
We seek to experience God directly, within ourselves and in our relationships with others and the world around us.
Friargate Quaker Meeting has opened a Quiet Room as part of its building improvements.
This place of stillness is available to everyone throughout the day for quiet reflection.
Read more about it on the special Quiet Room webpage.
QFP revision and facebook
The revision of Quaker Faith and Practice will take several years. A novel approach to part of the revision process is being adopted this time, involving the use of facebook for wide consultation. Friends are able to engage in a systematic dialogue concerning the present edition, chapter by chapter. For more details, view our News page.
Refugee Crisis: How can we help?
York Area Meeting Clerks have prepared a short guide to local and national agencies or groups working to support refugees and asylum seekers. This is at the request of York Friends wishing to help. You can find it here.
Archaeology at the meeting house
Since the start of the building works at Friargate a group of interested volunteers and archaeologists have been carefully exploring the grounds of the meeting house. They meet as Friargate Archaeology Project and welcome new members. Their plans for 2016 are in their latest newsletter. Click on the photo to view the newsletter.
As usual each year regular Quakevine contributor Backbencher sets a year-end quiz for the December edition of our newsletter.
The 2015 solutions are now on the News page of our website. Click here or on the picture to go to them.
The original quiz is also there.
Call to end the cycle of violence
At their meeting in Belgium after the Paris and Beirut shootings of November 2015, European and Middle East Quakers made an appeal to end the current cycle of violence in the region.
Click on the photo to view the statement of this section of the Friends World Committee for Consultation.
Recordings of the well-attended series of York Peace Talks 2015 are now available online.
An ideal opportunity to hear them again or catch up on them if you missed them at the time.
You'll find the links on the Our News page.
Theatre group Plain Quakers will be presenting a performance of For Conscience Sake, a play about conscientious objection in the first world war. The performance is on a Sunday afternoon, February 21st. For further details visit our online diary or the Our News page.
The Friargate Project to refurbish and extend our meeting house and its accommodation is now complete.