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.
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.
Friargate users, including some new groups, have been enjoying the improved facilities available since our rebuilding work.
For easier access to information about our rooms there is now a new direct web address.
Groups and other interested visitors can go straight to: yourfriargate.yorkquakers.org.uk from their web browser.
Our website: Personal information
Following recent discussion of how we treat personal information on our website, a new paper attempts to clarify the current policy.
This is in the form of a number of questions and answers.
Wayne Sharrocks, a 27-year-old former soldier, spoke to Acomb Quakers in March.
He described his experiences which led him to become a member of Veterans for Peace after he left the army, following service in Afghanistan.
In her TED Talk, Celia McKeon, a member of Friargate Quaker Meeting, discusses conventional views of what constitutes security in the modern world.
She goes on to suggest what the key factors really are, and how they are being put into practice around the world
Read more and view a recording of the talk on our News page.
In 2011 British Quakers affirmed their commitment to global sustainability as an expression of Quaker witness.
Six years later, our national Sustainability Group has revisited the commitment to suggest further action. Read more on our News page.
A research study is being carried out, examining what convincement means to modern Quakers.
York Friends will have the chance to support the PhD work in 2017 by sharing their experiences.
To find out more about the research and express an interest, visit our News page.
York Area Quakers are thinking about how they manage and pay for the upkeep of our five meeting houses.
At the request of Area Meeting and its trustees, a working group has set out some proposals. These call for re-aligning the roles of the local meetings and the area meeting as a whole.
In 2017 there will be consultations at both Local and Area Meetings. You can read and download the proposals document on the AM Business page.
In April the first session of a new Friargate venture took place.
One Saturday morning a month Friargate will be open for brunch.
Combining a late breakfast with discussion and activities, Open Brunch welcomes regulars, one-off visitors or first timers.
Find out more by visiting our News page.
Two assistant managers are to be appointed to the staffing team at Friargate Meeting house.
The important new posts, both part-time, offer an opportunity to contribute to the work and atmosphere in our busy venue for community groups.
Our staff play an important role in making the meeting house a venue valued by the many users and visitors throughout the week.
Find out about both jobs and how to apply, by visiting our News page.