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At the Grass Valley Friends Meeting, in a simple building nestled in the foothills of Northern California, we sit in silent worship. We gather to seek and share spiritual nourishment, care for one another, and serve the wider world.
We meet on the campus of Woolman at Sierra Friends Center, a Quaker educational center and camp. www.woolman.org
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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.
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.
Where We Meet
We meet in a simple building in a quiet country setting on the campus of Woolman at Sierra Friends Center outside of both Nevada City and Grass Valley, California, located at the end of Woolman Lane off Jones Bar Road outside Nevada City. Click on our Directions page for instructions on how to find us.
When We Meet
First Day (Sundays) 9 a.m. Singing (in the Meeting House)
10:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship (in the Meeting House) Children’s Program and child care (all ages welcome). (Children join adults for the first 10 minutes of worship.)
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.
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.