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.
What we do
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.
To use the space we offer with us is easy. Just come to the community hall behind/beside St Mary’s new church, Stoke Newington Church Street, on any Sunday just before 5:00pm and you will be welcomed. For more details, and for how to join us on-line, see the Where and When page.
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 5 to 20 worshippers at Meeting for Worship.
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.