Worship with Us

"Be Still and Know that I am God"

Worship with Us

We welcome you to this meeting for worship. We gather in worshipful silence, intending to open ourselves wholly to the Divine Spirit, which we believe is within and beyond each person. Our worship has no human leader and no planned program.

Sometimes no words are spoken; sometimes a person is led to minister vocally. Each person present contributes to the depth of worship we reach as a group. The meeting is ended, usually after about an hour, by shaking of hands initiated by persons appointed to do so. Visitors are invited to join us for a social period following the rise of Meeting for Worship.

When Friends first came to Philadelphia in 1681, they gathered to worship in private homes until the first meeting house was built on the bank of the Delaware River. As the Meeting increased in size, it outgrew a succession of meeting houses until the present large house was built in 1804, on a site originally granted by William Penn as a Friends burying ground. The meeting house was built for this Monthly Meeting and for the holding of Yearly Meeting; these uses continue to this day. In addition the building serves as a committee and conference center, and is visited by thousands of tourists each year.

What to Expect in Quaker Meeting for Worship

New to Quakerism? Will joining us be your first time at Meeting for Worship? We recommend this introductory video by QuakerSpeak as a primer ahead of your visit. To learn more, explore QuakerSpeaker's Quaker Videos for Newcomers series on YouTube. Still have questions? Use our Contact Us page to get in touch.