The core of our life together as a faith community is our meeting for worship. On many First Days, our meetings are completely silent. There are rarely more than two or three spoken messages. In the silence and the heartfelt sharing, we find ourselves knitted together as a community. We rise from meeting for worship feeling refreshed in heart and spirit and ready to face the challenges that life presents. About twenty of our members are involved in Spiritual Formation groups that meet once a month. A few come faithfully to midweek meeting, or to the extended meetings for worship we hold once a month on a Saturday morning. We find that creating opportunities to attend to the life of the Spirit during the week not only enriches us individually, but deepens our gathered meetings for worship. Continue reading
At Alexandria Friends Meeting, we look back on the past year with a feeling of gratitude. For many of us, it has been an especially hard year. There are quite a few among us who have lost their jobs in the economic downturn. There have been serious injuries and illness in some of our families. We, as a community, cannot make these things right, but we can offer a place of peace and solace to those who are suffering. We can love each other through the bad times as well as the good. We are grateful for our strong, loving community made up of such a remarkable diversity of seekers. Continue reading
In preparing for this report Ministry and Oversight conducted a Worship Sharing meeting on First Day February 8, 2009 after our common meal. The approximately twenty Friends who participated considered the following queries:
- How do the work of our committees enrich and focus the spiritual life of the Meeting?
- What do we need most to deepen the spiritual life of the Meeting?
Meeting continues to be a lively center as we gather for worship, as well as education, spiritual sharing and fellowship. This year, Outreach is sponsoring social gatherings each month. At these family friendly events, the focus has been on eating, games and visiting. Friends seem delighted with these opportunities to become better acquainted. We’ve said farewell to some beloved friends over the last months. Our children and young adult Friends make us proud at every turn. Best of all, they come back to visit!