Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Gainesville Quakers

" . . . walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone . . . "

George Fox

All are welcome.  Join us for worship.

Quakers, such as those at Gainesville Meeting, make up a small percentage of Friends around the world. Today, unprogrammed Friends collaborate with Friends from all branches of Quakerism.

Quakers who worship in unprogrammed meetings share a way of life, not a set of beliefs. We believe that there is “that of God” in everyone. We seek to experience God directly, within ourselves and in our relationships with others and the world around us. We meet together for worship in local meetings which are inclusive and open to all. Quakerism is a way of life built upon values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship, rather than a written set of beliefs. Quakers have a long-held commitment to putting their faith into direct action in the world.

Quaker meetings offer a place where people can find a real sense of community and are free to challenge, question and explore their own beliefs, values and ideas. Many Quakers describe it as a spiritual home – a place of deep connections; a group of people bound together by an awareness of the sacred in all things and a desire to change the world for the better.

What's New

Gainesville Friends Meeting encourages use of the Meetinghouse for activities that are consistent with Quaker testimonies and values.

At 6:00 pm join us for a Local Foods Pot-Luck Dinner. Bring a dish with at least 1 ingredient that is local, i.e. is from no more than 50 miles from where you live or work. For those of us who aren't lucky enough to have a garden, it's time for an excursion to the Farmer's Market.


A Walk in the Quaker Woods

by Jean Larson with photographs by Bill Mitchell
March 15, 2015.
The Worship and Nurture and Peace and Social Concerns Committees have scheduled a screening of the 100 Days Lecture that Alachua County Schools Superintendent Owen Roberts gave to community leaders in December 2014.  The lecture will probably be edited to include those points most applicable to our community.
In this speech Dr. Owens proposes a partership between communities of faith and the schools to increase the level of involvement of communities of faith in various educational endeavors.  These include increasing parental involvement in the education of children.
This is not a traditional Spiritual State of the Meeting report. This is a snapshot of a meeting in transition. We have several long term members and attenders facing declining health, including cognitive issues, but we have no young adults , few healthy and vibrant adults, and very few young families, to help carry on the work of our meeting. We looked at the writing of this report as a valuable opportunity for the meeting as a whole to come together for worshipful introspection and visioning.
After five years of action by Earth Quaker Action Team, PNC announced on March 1 a shift in its policy that will effectively cease its financing of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

Worship with us!

Gainesville Quaker Meetinghouse
702 NW 38th Street
Gainesville, FL 32607
United States
Meeting Times: 

Gainesville Quaker Meeting

Meeting for Worship:  First Day  (Sunday)  11:00 am
First Day School:        First Day 11:15 am
Fellowship:                 First Day 12:00 pm
Meeting for Worship for Business:  Second First Day of the Month:  12:45 pm

Fully handicapped accessible

Hearing assistance in the Meeting Room


Sandy Lyon

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