What are Quaker’s / Friends:
A Quaker meeting is many things. It is a faith community first and foremost. People who visit or associate with a Quaker community gather for worship, to conduct business, share fellowship and to manifest Quaker leadings in the world. These gatherings are called meetings. This is not to be confused with any building in which Quakers gather, although it is common parlance to call such a building a meeting house.
What's a Meeting for Worship
Quaker Meeting, also called Meeting for Worship is where Friends come together to gather in silence in order to be led by the spirit. When so led, Friends may stand and speak during Meeting. A traditional Quaker belief is everyone has "that of God" inside, and everyone's inner light and spirit can be shown. Watching the video on the HOME page may be a help.
What’s the dress code?
In a Friends Meeting for Worship, you will see a variety of styles of dress. Clean is good. Beyond that, you should be comfortable and feel comfortable. You will see blue jeans and pressed suits; dresses and slacks. Someone might be doing an art project with children and will dress accordingly. Southern New Jersey is quite warm in the summer, so shorts or sandals might be in order. In the end, this is not something with which to be overly concerned.
From time to time Friends have renewed their understanding of some guiding principles to help live in way that best exemplifies a “Quaker” life. In the twenty-first century Friends have come to organize their thinking with the acronym SPICES.
Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Stewardship
Can I get more information?
First, feel free to ask anyone in the Meetinghouse. You may find a variety of answers! But, if you want something definitive, you may wish to read sections of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Faith and Practice.