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.
The programme for this year's series of York Peace Talks has been announced.
As usual the talks take place in October and November and cover a variety of approaches to the subject.
For the first time, one of the evenings takes the form of a play, on the subject of increasing militarisation in schools.
To find out more and see the talks flyer, visit our News page.
Burials Register online
Friargate Burial Grounds Committee has digitised the historic register of the Retreat Quaker Burial Ground.
The handwritten record covers the entire period up to the year 2002, and is organised both by plot number and name.
The Friargate Project to refurbish and extend our meeting house and its accommodation is now complete.
Several new pages of information about our rooms are now online.
Visitors to the website can now find out what makes Friargate such a sought-after venue, view all the rooms and make booking enquiries
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.
First information regarding the 2016 York events about Quakerism is now available. Quaker Quest provides an informal introduction to Quaker life and experience for people interested in finding out more.
You can find first details on our Quaker Quest page.