Friends General Conference

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What to expect when you visit for the first time....

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Entry door facing Locust Street
      • What should I wear?
        • Dress is informal and comfortable
      • When should I arrive?
        • Around 10:15, and before 10:30 
      • Where do I park?  
        • Access to parking lot behind meetinghouse is off Locust Street
        • If our lot is full, you may use the parking lot behind the Funeral Home, at end of Locust Street
        • Please do not park in the Bank parking lot
      • Which door do I use?
        • Side door facing Locust Street
      • What happens when I first enter the building?
        • Someone will be there to welcome you and answer questions
        • You may make a name tag for yourself
      • Where are the rest rooms?
        • One rest room is just on your right after you enter and another is just outside the Meeting room door
      • Where do I go next?
        • Hymn singing takes place from 10:15 to 10:30 in the Meeting Room
        • The Meeting Room is straight ahead and to your right
      • Where should I sit?
        • Sit anywhere you like 
        • No assigned seating
        • Hymn books are available under the seats of the chairs
      • When does Meeting for Worship begin?
        • Usually after about 3 hymns, at 10:30
      • What if I have children with me?
        • Children attend Meeting for Worship for the first 15 minutes
        • First Day School (Sunday School) classes are available for all age groups
        • Teachers will escort the children to their age appropriate classes at 10:45
      • What happens in Meeting for Worship?
        • Everyone settles into the silence
        • During the course of the hour, there may or may not be spoken messages
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      • How do I know when Meeting for Worship ends?
        • The Clerk shakes hands with the person next to them
        • Everyone present turns to those nearby and shakes their hands
        • The Clerk will ask each person to stand and introduce themself, sharing any joys or sorrows
        • The Clerk will ask if there are any announcements about Meeting activities
      • Who is the Clerk and what does that mean?
        • The Clerk is a member of the Meeting who has been appointed by a committee of other members
        • The Clerk and other officers of the Meeting are appointed for a specific term of two or three years 
        • There is no paid staff or clergy