Meetings for worship
We hold meetings for worship at our Meeting House every Sunday from 10.30 to 11.30 am. We also hold a Wednesday meeting for worship from 1pm to 1.30pm.
All are welcome: Christians, those from other faiths and from none
Each meeting for worship begins as we sit in a circle in the meeting room, gathering together in a silence in which we open ourselves to the love of God and to that of God in each other. The responsibility of the meeting belongs to all; anyone may speak when he or she feels inspired to do so. When prompted by the spirit, this enriches the gathered worship of the meeting. Occasionally a meeting will pass in total silence.
On the last Sunday of the month, the worship takes the form of what we call ‘worship sharing’ in which there is a pre-arranged theme and leader to introduce the topic. After the introduction, the worship continues as normal, but usually with more people speaking to the theme. After worship sharing sessions, we continue for a further ten minutes or so with an informal follow-on discussion. [List of topics]
When those attending bring children, we are usually able to offer a parallel children’s meeting, the children joining the main meeting for the last ten minutes.
Every meeting ends with a handshake, notices, and tea/coffee refreshments.
Worship on the first Sunday of each second month is followed by the local business meeting.
Worship on the third Sunday of the month is followed by a shared lunch.
Action on Quaker social concerns
We attempt to take forward our Quaker social concerns:
- on an individual basis;
- through our weekly collections;
- through talks, discussions, plays, concerts and other events [News of forthcoming events]
- through linkage with central Quaker work;
- through Doncaster Interfaith [See the News page]
- through the use of our Meeting House [Details and booking form]
- by encouraging all users of the Meeting House to use Fair Trade products and adopt principles of environmental sustainability;
Annual weekend at Barmoor. Balby Friends rent a Quaker property at Barmoor at the foot of the North York Moors for an annual Spring weekend, sharing food, friendship, walks and a visit to Kirkbymoorside Quaker Meeting.