Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice
a Quaker Community in Sparks, Maryland

Gunpowder Friends Meeting

We are a community grounded in Quaker Practice, rooted in Christian Faith, and growing through our commitment to the ongoing spiritual lives of our members and attenders.

Welcome to the website of Gunpowder Friends Meeting.  We invite you to spend some time with us, whether it is exploring our meeting and Quakerism on these pages, or in person on a Sunday!  Gunpowder is just north of Hunt Valley, Maryland, in the scenic Sparks area.

We extend a welcome to visitors of all faiths who are interested in sharing quiet time in worship with us.  Sunday (First Day) worship is held in our simply appointed meeting room, unless you happen to come on a day when the weather is perfect for sitting outside.  Then you will find us sitting on the back porch, overlooking the vista before us.

Gunpowder is an active, diverse community, offering opportunities for spiritual enrichment and friendship.  Our children and youth are very active too, with lots of things to do in their First Day School community.

GFM SPIRIT AND NATURE: SUNDAY, May 29th WORKSHOP ON:  Working on Our Right Relationship to Energy Use and Consumption: Sunday, May 29th at the rise of Meeting, the Spirit and Nature Group will host a simple lunch and working session on our right relationship to energy use and consumption.  At this lunch, we will share with one another stories that reflect what we would/could look like at our best relationship to energy.  These might be stories of our own experiences--things we are doing differently that are making a big difference--or stories we have heard about others' experiences.  
MEMORIAL DAY MEETING FOR WORSHIP & REMEMBRANCE, Monday, May 30th, 11AM: This is both a new and a reclaimed tradition, not intended to forget or disrespect those who died in military service to our nation’s commands, but to also remember all who lived, served, enriched our lives in love, and are missed no less.  We gather in sacred remembrance, share messages as we are led, and conclude with an opportunity to silently place flowers in the burial ground at headstones and memorial bench. The latter is in the tradition of Decoration Day, a practice to honor those present in burial, ashes, or simply in memory (Friends are welcomed to bring flowers).  Memorial Day picnics are of course a longstanding American tradition. And so a potluck lunch will follow meeting for worship.  All are welcome to join in celebrating the joy and bittersweet-ness of life and memory; for those unable to bring flowers or food to share, do not be deterred … ours is a community of abundance.  

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Appreciative Inquiry in our Spirit and Nature Work


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Each January Gunpowder Friends Meeting collects feedback from members and attenders for the purpose of documenting the Spiritual State of the Meeting.


How to log in for the first time to Gunpowder’s website, so that you can participate in discussions and view materials on private pages for the use of our meeting community:

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02/07/2016 - 11:15am

Join us for Simple Lunch



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02/02/2014 - 11:00am

Once a month on first Sundays, at the rise of Meeting for Worship, members and attenders use time during the coffee hour to write letters to our governmental representatives.  Depending on the subject, the President; the Congress; the U.N.; local

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03/01/2015 - 11:00am

Coffee Social is held at 11:15 AM on the first Sunday of every month.


Worship with us!

(410) 472-4583
14934 Priceville Road
Sparks, MD 21152
United States
Meeting Times: 

We invite you to join us for Meeting for Worship at 10:00 AM each First Day (that's Sunday in Quakerspeak).

Travel Directions to Gunpowder:

Sparks is about 21 miles north of Baltimore on the Harrisburg Expressway (I-83). Gunpowder Meeting is west of Sparks and west of I-83. Exit I-83 at Belfast Road (Exit 24), turn west toward Butler. Go one-third mile to Priceville Road; left on Priceville Road for one mile. Where Priceville Road turns right and Quaker Bottom Road continues ahead at the crest of a steep grade, make a sharp right turn into the Meeting House drive.

Mailing address is:

P.O. Box 737; Sparks, Maryland 21152-0737