Next Steps

Next Steps

So, you’ve learned a bit about Quakers, and you’ve come to one of our meetings for worship. Wondering about what the next steps should be? We have a few ways for you to become more involved in our community.

To see what activities you can currently get involved in, go to our calendar.

To contact individuals associated with specific activities, go to our directory (contact us at WebAdmin@frederickfriends.org to request an account).

Socialize

We have many opportunities for fellowship, including:

  • Friendly Eights: During the first few months of the year, we gather in groups of eight in each other’s homes to share meals and each other’s company. It’s a fun and easy, low-pressure way of getting to know each other on a more personal level.
  • Sip ‘n Stitch: For the more “crafty” among us, we gather at the meetinghouse (and online via Zoom) for an hour or two of conversation and a bit of knitting, crocheting, or other craft projects.
  • Peace Picnic: On or around the July 4th holiday, we celebrate the blessings of peace among us with a picnic and live music.
  • Fall Festival: Toward the end of October, we get out our cider press and have a great time in the backyard of our meetinghouse with games, singing, and potluck.
  • Annual Retreat: Every year in the spring, we spend a weekend deepening our community through workshops, meals and activities for kids.

Contact: Program Committee.

Go Deeper

Here are some activities for spiritual deepening and education:

  • Wednesday Night Worship Sharing: Meets on Wednesday evenings to meditate on a selected piece of spiritual literature.
  • Change Group: Meets monthly to discuss a selected book, with the goal of learning how to answer that of God in everyone, in all our diversity. Contact: David Kunz.
  • Group for End-of-Life Issues: Meets every other week to discuss issues relating to death and dying. Contact: Karen White.
  • Library Catalog: Find books on Quaker history and theology, Christianity and other world religions, nonviolence, philosophy, psychology, and much more.

Volunteer

Here are some things you can do to help support our community, or to answer leadings to pursue peace and justice.

  • Fundraising: We are always looking for ways to help keep the work of the Meeting going. Past fundraising activities have included a semiannual yard sale and service auction. Contact: Stewardship & Finance Committee.
  • Work Days: On one Saturday each fall and spring, we help clean our meetinghouse property, including weeding, dusting, and keeping building amenities up to date. Contact: Property Committee.
  • FCNL Advocacy Team: In partnership with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, several members of our meeting work to build grassroots support for the causes of peace and justice. Contact: Dat Duthinh.

Become a Member

If you’re ready to apply to formally become a member of our meeting, here’s how to apply.

Learn More About Quakers

Here are some places on the web where you can learn more about Quakers and the Quaker faith:

  • Friends Journal: News and commentary on Quaker life in the United States.
  • QuakerSpeak: Video series on Quaker faith, testimonies, and profiles of Friends living faithfully today.
  • Quakers Today: A podcast featuring “writers, musicians, and thinkers who are seeking wisdom and understanding in a rapidly changing world”.
  • Thee Quaker: Another podcast, dedicated to bringing “stories of spiritual courage to your ears”.