Stoke Newington Quakers welcome you to our website. We hope that you find here what you were looking for, or perhaps something even better. Quakerism and Quakers started with seeking and even those of us who have found something in the Religious Society of Friends (the official name for Quakers) have done so only in so much as we keep searching for love and truth and act in the world guided by what we have found of them. Or something.
Meeting for Worship
Our main purpose as a community is to offer a space for the search for love and truth to happen in, together. We call this space a Meeting for Worship.
Meeting for Worship consists of sitting in a circle in silence. As the silence deepens someone, maybe you, may be moved to share something, rooted in their experience, of what they have found of love and truth in the silence.
The Meeting lasts for an hour.
After Meeting for Worship there are notices, where news is shared, and then we have tea and coffee and we chat. This is the time in which our community is built.
To use the space we offer with us is easy. Just come to the top of the stairs of Clissold House in Clissold Park a little before 10.00am on any Sunday morning and you will be welcomed. You do not need to know anything, Quakers have no creed, but anything you know is welcome.
We are a small to medium Meeting, with anything from 10 to 30 worshippers at Meeting for Worship.
For details of the Where and When see Where and When
A little recent history
Stoke Newington Quaker meeting community started in its present form in June 2000.
Having met at various venues around Stoke Newington, in March 2012 we moved into Clissold House (built for a Quaker family in the 1790’s)
For more about the 300+ year history of Quakers in Stoke Newington see Quakers in Stoke Newington – Some History
Our place in the wider Quaker Community
Stoke Newington Meeting is a part of North London Area Quaker Meeting, previously known as Devonshire House and Tottenham Monthly Meeting, a geographical grouping of 5 Quaker Meetings, which runs from the City of London outwards to London’s northernmost suburbs. The other four meetings are at Bunhill Fields, New Barnet, Tottenham and Winchmore Hill.
Until June 2007 the Area Meeting was part of the larger regional grouping of London and Middlesex General Meeting. This has now been abolished, but much of its work has been taken up by a new body, London Quakers.
All Quakers in the UK are part of Britain Yearly Meeting.