Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting

Photo by Terry Foss

Covid-19 Alert:  All activites at the meetinghouse are cancelled until further notice.  Further information about virtual meeting for worship and meeting for business online continue to be sent via the newsletter and bulletins.  If you do not currently receive our newsletter, you can sign up here.  For more information about attending meeting online, email [email protected].  For information about events scheduled to take place at the meetinghouse that are sponsored by other groups, please contact the organizer of your event.  We are holding one another and all those affected by the pandemic in the Light.  

Updated 6/15/2020

“Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.”  George Fox, founding Quaker (1656).

Our meetings for worship have no pastor or liturgy and are “unprogrammed.”  Sitting together in the centering silence of meeting for worship, we seek a communion with the Divine and each other.  We step back from the chattering world and open ourselves to the eternal Spirit that each of us can experience directly in our own way.  

As we settle into silence, we wait expectantly for the Spirit to speak to us and through us. One who feels deeply moved may rise and deliver vocal ministry.  On occasion, meeting for worship may be completely silent, and at other times may include Spirit-led messages, prayers, songs, or meditations.

We have no creed or common theology, but we have shared understandings:

  • There exists something Divine that we may describe as Spirit, God, the Inner Light, Christ, or simply Love.
  • We can each experience this Divine presence, and so experience continuing revelation.
  • Our experience of the Divine is enhanced when we engage as a community both in our worship and in our ministry to the world.

Although Quakerism arose as a Christian sect during the Protestant Reformation, our members and attenders come from many faith backgrounds and have varied beliefs about the role and nature of both the Bible and Jesus.  As a Quaker community, we seek to “let our lives speak” through the testimonies of peace, simplicity, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.

All are welcome to our meetings for worship, and visiting children are welcome to our First Day School program.  Visitors may wish to read our page on worship for additional information about our practices.  Newcomers might also want to view “QuakerSpeak: What to Expect in Meeting for Worship.”

Meeting Times

Sunday Schedule

All events cancelled for now.  Please check back weekly to see if we have resumed our activities. 

Adult Class 9:00 - 10:15 am. in Gathering Room - Most Sundays
Meeting for Worship - 10:30
First-day School - 10:45
Outdoor Meeting in the Pines - 9:00 am - Fourth Sundays
Monthly Meeting for Business - 12:15 pm - Third Sundays

Monthly Calendar of Events

Directions to the Meetinghouse

Contacting the Meeting

Email (preferred):  Click here.
Voicemail is checked on Monday and Thursday: 215-247-3553

James Turrell Skyspace

For information about the James Turrell Skyspace, Greet the Light, visit the Skyspace website.

Rentals

See this page for information about renting space at the meetinghouse. Once you have reviewed this information, contact the rentals administrator at this email address.    

Meeting Directory

Access to the directory is limited to people with  a website account; see this page for instructions on requesting an account, and then go to this page to download the PDF.

Newsletters and Bulletins

Our electronic newsletter is published near the first of the month. Bulletins are published as needed.

Philadelphia Quarter

Chestnut Hill is one of seven monthly meetings and one "preparative" meeting in the Philadelphia Quarter of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

What to do if you lose your password

See instructions on this page.

What's New

Meeting for Worship for Business
July 12, 2020, 12:15pm

Via Zoom

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Our meeting has received two documents from the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent (FoFAD), the founders of the Ujima Friends Peace Center in North Philadelphia:  a cover letter, and their Minute on State Sanctioned Violence. The Ad Hoc Committee strongly endorses these ideas, which are full of heart and deeply grounded in Quaker Spirit. We share this with our Chestnut Hill meeting community for our thoughtful consideration. We trust that we can find ways to support this effort.
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Meeting for Worship for Business
June 21, 2020, 12:15pm

Agenda (see document links below)

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What do Quakers believe? 

Responses from CHFM Adult Ed class, 3 March 2019

 

As a Quaker, I believe . . .

 

-       I believe in the sanctity of all life and indeed of all nature, animate and inanimate.

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POSTPONED -

New Date to be Announced.  

To donate please click https://chestnuthill4refugees.funraise.org

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Worship with us!

Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting
20 E. Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118-3505
United States
Meeting Times: 

Sunday Schedule

All events cancelled for now.  Please check back weekly to see if we have resumed our activities. 

Adult Class 9:00 - 10:15 am. in Gathering Room - Most Sundays
Meeting for Worship - 10:30
First-day School - 10:45
Outdoor Meeting in the Pines - 9:00 am - Fourth Sundays
Monthly Meeting for Business - 12:15 pm - Third Sundays

Monthly Calendar of Events

Directions to the Meetinghouse

Contacting the Meeting

Email (preferred):  Click here.
Voicemail is checked on Monday and Thursday: 215-247-3553

James Turrell Skyspace

For information about the James Turrell Skyspace, Greet the Light, visit the Skyspace website.

Rentals

See this page for information about renting space at the meetinghouse. Once you have reviewed this information, contact the rentals administrator at this email address.    

Meeting Directory

Access to the directory is limited to people with  a website account; see this page for instructions on requesting an account, and then go to this page to download the PDF.

Newsletters and Bulletins

Our electronic newsletter is published near the first of the month. Bulletins are published as needed.

Philadelphia Quarter

Chestnut Hill is one of seven monthly meetings and one "preparative" meeting in the Philadelphia Quarter of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

What to do if you lose your password

See instructions on this page.