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 outside, behind the meetinghouse, for Quaker Meeting for Worship each First Day from 10-11 AM, weather permitting, until further notice. See below for our response to COVID-19 and special instructions regarding meeting for worship.
Valley Friends Meeting Will Meet Outdoors Each Week
Valley Friends Meeting (Quakers) has chosen to be safe and are not meeting indoors until further notice.
Valley Friends Meeting will offer worship outdoors from 10 to 11 am at the Meeting House each Sunday, subject to weather.
As the weather allows we will continue meeting outdoors each Sunday. Please note our Covid 19 practices (below). If the case of inclement weather please check your email, even as late as Sunday morning. Should it rain while we are meeting, we will return to our cars and Zoom at noon.
Some Friends may wish to continue to worship with us from the safety of their own homes. We’ll all be together in spirit. We will resume fellowship following meeting for worship with Zoom beginning at noon. Details are published in our weekly newsletter.
COVID 19 Practices
To protect the most vulnerable among us as well as ourselves we commit to mindfully practice the following during worship 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.
- Bring a chair and, if desired, an umbrella for shade. (There is shade available, though.)
- Wipe down restroom surfaces contacted after each use. Wipe down any other surfaces you touch, too.
- Worship at home if you have any symptoms of the virus or have been in recent contact with anyone who has tested positive.
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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.
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