Valley Friends Meeting is an active Quaker meeting near Harrisonburg, serving the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. We cherish the Light within every person and work for peace. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.
We warmly invite you to join us inside, with masks, for Quaker Meeting for Worship each First Day from 10-11 AM. See below for our response to COVID-19 and special instructions regarding meeting for worship.
Valley Friends Meeting COVID Precautions
To protect the most vulnerable among us, as well as ourselves, we commit to mindfully practice the following during worship and events at the Meeting house:
- Maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from others.
- Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth the whole time. We offer masks and hand sanitizer for your use.
- Please get vaccinated to protect us all!
- Worship at home if you have any symptoms of the virus or have been in recent contact with anyone who has tested positive.
Some Friends may wish to continue to worship with us from the safety of their own homes. We’ll all be together in spirit.
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We will continue to do our email newsletter to keep in touch. You can sign up above, in the right-hand column. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weather or Other Cancellations
When we must cancel Meeting or other VFM events due to weather conditions (or for any reason), we will send an email notice in as far advance as possible. If a notice has not been received, but conditions are questionable, call Doris Martin (540-350-2765); Bev Moore (540-560-1190); or Pamela Cook (540-236-4818) to confirm last minute change in status.
Call for Healing and Justice
Read our Anti-Racism Minute issued in response to the killing of George Floyd. You can read all our testimonies and minutes here.
“I believe there is something in the mind, or in the heart, that shows its approbation when we do right. I give myself this advice: Do not fear truth, let it be so contrary to inclination and feeling. Never give up the search after it: and let me take courage, and try from the bottom of my heart to do that which I believe truth dictates, if it leads me to be a Quaker or not.”
~ Elizabeth Fry, 1780-1845
The Way Friends Worship
In worship, Friends gather in silent, expectant waiting. When someone feels led to share a message, it is received in the gathered silence. We listen deeply to the Spirit and to each other and reach for the Divine center of our being.
“We are met in a great task when we meet in worship, no less than to realize the Divine Presence and to create an atmosphere in which that Presence and Power can touch us into fuller life.
“Once we remember this, we cannot but approach the occasion with reverent humility and the desire that nothing on our part may hinder or disturb.
“It is something holy and wonderful we are trying to build up together—the consciousness of the Presence with us here and the reality of communion with God.”
—Quaker Press of FGC