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Wilmington Friends Meeting

Statement of Welcome

Wilmington Friends Meeting is a welcoming and affirming church. We welcome everyone regardless of age, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, or disability status. We are decidedly open to the poor in spirit, the poor in wallet, and the poor in common sense.

We welcome good Friends, bad Friends, old and new Friends, ex-Friends, prodigal Friends, stuck-up Friends, and Friends we haven’t met yet. We extend a special welcome to the following groups: people who think that Quakers are sort of like the Amish; people who aren’t really sure about this whole “religion” thing; people who are desperately in need of prayer; people who are really into Jesus; people who aren’t sure that they own a Bible; and people who are sitting through worship because they heard there would be snacks afterward.

We’re here for football moms and soccer dads, for hunters and vegetarians, for farmers and for people who could kill a fake plant. We’re here for people struggling with addiction and people in recovery, with the understanding that everybody is recovering from something. We’re here for Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, Socialists, Independents, for politicians and lobbyists and tax collectors and people who have turned off the news.

Our doors are open to the happy hymn-singers and the totally tone deaf. We’re open to the redeemed, the confused, the blessed, the agnostic, and the all of the above. We’re open to teens, baby boomers, millennials, Gen-Xers, the young at heart, the old souls, the crying babies, and the people who haven’t found their label yet.

Make yourself at home. You are welcome here.

 


Sunday Services

Meeting for Worship

Please join us for worship, Sunday mornings at 10:00. Our services include music, scripture reading, the sharing of praises and concerns, a children’s sermon, and a prepared message. We also participate in periods of quiet with people speaking as they are led, in the Quaker tradition.

Ask an usher if you need care for your infant. Babies are also welcome to stay with you through the service, though, and don’t worry: no one minds the noise. Pre-schoolers through 1st-graders usually leave the service after the children’s message for child care, but they, too, are welcome to stay.

Sunday Morning Fellowship

After worship, please join us for 15 to 20 minutes of fellowship over coffee, juice and other goodies. We’d like to get to know you!

Sunday School for All Ages

Sunday school classes start immediately after the fellowship time (about 11:15). Classes for young children, elementary school-age children, teens and adults are held in our Education Wing.

Monthly Meeting for Business

On the first Sunday of the month, instead of Sunday Morning Fellowship and Adult Sunday School, the congregations handles business using traditional Quaker business practice.
   

Our vision:

Wilmington Friends Meeting seeks to be a community of faith that nurtures the living light of Christ in its members and welcomes others who desire a personal relationship with Christ.
The Meeting seeks to strengthen the faith of individuals and encourages a close fellowship among them. Members are encouraged to “let their lives speak”.
The fruit of the spirit of the Meeting includes social action through care of the elderly, the poor, and the disadvantaged.
We seek to promote peace on a personal, community, national, and world level.
We seek to have Christ speak through us, out of the silence, to transform lives and the world in a distinctive way for the glory of God.