Grass Valley Friends Meeting

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We are an unprogrammed Friends meeting.  We sit in silent, expectant worship.  We gather to seek and share spiritual nourishment, care for one another, and serve the wider world.

Who We Are

We have about 80 members and attenders. We are part of the worldwide Religious Society of Friends, which began over 300 years ago in England. The membership total worldwide is about 200,000.  Please click here for more information about the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers.

We come together in worship:

    • To listen to God
    • To know and be known by God
    • To grow in our faith
    • To be changed
    • To support each other, and
    • To help one another do what God asks us to do

Our time together looks like:

    • Sitting quietly together
    • Listening if someone is moved by the Spirit to speak
    • Including children for a time before a children’s program
    • Shaking hands when worship ends; and greeting those around us

You are welcome to join us as you are. Dress as you feel comfortable.

We believe that every person is loved by the Divine Spirit, which dwells in everyone and everything. There are Quakers of all ages, religious backgrounds, races, education, sexual orientations, gender identities, and classes.

Please feel free to ask the person who ends meeting any questions you might have after Worship.

Where We Meet

NOTE: We are now doing Hybrid Meetings for Worship.  Please use the Contact Form for to receive details on how to attend either in person at Sierra Friends Center or on Zoom.

Our meetinghouse has traditionally been located on the property known as John Woolman School or Sierra Friends Center. We acknowledge that this property was never ceded from the Nisenan people.  As a Meeting, we are discerning ways to meaningfully act in support of the Nisenan people.

When We Meet

First Day (Sundays) 9 a.m. Singing

10:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship and Children’s Program and child care (all ages welcome).

What Do We Believe?

Friends believe that there is that of God in each human being and that each individual is capable of having direct communion with the divine without need of clergy or doctrine. We wait with hearts and minds open to “the still small voice” within. We refrain from fixing our faith in a formal set of words because we feel that experience and knowledge of the divine lie beyond words.

How Do We Live?

We strive to show in our lives and interactions with others our belief in peace, simplicity, and equality. We encourage sincerity in our common aspiration toward spirit-filled living. We believe our worship strengthens us in our daily lives and that our lives, well-lived, are worshipful.

How Do We Govern Ourselves?

We hold monthly business meetings. Friends do not vote. On any issue we aim to take time to hear and respect each person’s perception of truth. Inviting Spirit into our proceedings, we strive for unity, not consensus. Trusting that the way will open from this corporate search, we often wait in prayerful and expectant silence for divine leading.

Grass Valley Friends Meeting is a monthly meeting under College Park Quarterly Meeting and Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

What Are Our Wider Concerns?

Individuals in the Meeting are active in many humanitarian, political, social service, and educational fields. Some of these are endorsed or actively supported by the Meeting. Anyone who feels a concern about a social need may bring it to the attention of the group for prayerful consideration and possible action. Peace and cooperation among all nations, races, and classes has been a goal of Quakers since their beginning.

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