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Lake Forest Friends Meeting

Special Arrangements during the COVID-19 isolation period.

If you can, please join Meeting for Worship online. (see the listing of worship times for links to online sessions.)  

All Lake Forest Friends Meeting events, including Meeting for Worship, will be online-only during the governor’s shelter-in-place order.
Look for the online session link in event postings or contact the event organizer/committee convener to get the link.

We invite all to worship with us.

Please join us for unprogrammed Quaker meeting for worship. We center without words or music to listen as a community in expectant worship. Out of the silence as called by the Spirit, someone may spontaneously rise and give vocal ministry to the group. We are nourished by our mutual search for our understanding of the Divine. We welcome visitors to our meeting. 

Concurrently with meeting for worship we welcome children of all ages for a program that includes the study of Friends’ principles, testimonies, history, and Bible stories. 

Once each month we have a meeting for business when we worshipfully consider care of our community and our witness to the world seeking integrity, peace, simplicity, stewardship of the earth, and equality.

Lake Forest Friends Meeting is part of Illinois Yearly Meeting, Friends General Conference, and Friends World Committee for Consultation.     

Join us in Peace.

For further information: [email protected]

Meeting Times

Meeting for worship: First Days (Sundays) at 10:30 a.m. (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Sunday))

First Day School (Children's program): 
Our First Day School is currently meeting online. 
We are holding classes for three age groups. Age groups are general guidelines and children may attend any session that meets their needs and interests.
All children’s First Day School sessions are held on Sunday.

• Pre-K - First grade: 9:30–10:00am - Simple crafts, picture books, and on the fourth Sunday we will have multi-age singing
• First grade - Middle School: 9:30–10:15am - Some reading, more involved crafts, and discussion
•Middle/High School teens: Concurrent with Meeting for Worship (starts at 10:30am) - Discussion of Quaker practice, Quaker history, Bible chapters and other topics—High School student join Meeting for Worship the first Sunday of each month

Please email [email protected] for further info on placing your child/children in First Day School classes and to receive the online meeting link.

First Day School (Sunday School) for adults:
—Moved to Saturday evenings 7:00pm (Online link: Zoom link - Adult Religious Education)(normally prior to meeting for worship on some First Days)

Midweek meeting for worship: Fifth Days (Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m. (Online meeting link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Midweek))

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: 1st First Day of the month at
9:00 a.m. (The November Meeting for Business will be held on November 1: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business)

Potluck lunch: Currently suspended (normally following worship on 3rd First Day of the month)

Singing and Storytelling: 9:15 a.m. 4th First Day of the month
(Currently singing is held online. Please email [email protected] for the online meeting link.)

What's New

Sounds About Right

I’ve often heard folks joke that the Quaker theme song should be “The Sounds of Silence.” But, hey, have you
ever really read the lyrics? Probably not a Quaker theme song. Quakers celebrate silence, we don’t lament it.
Sound is an interesting thing, especially when coupled with silence.

Public

Query offered at the September 6 Meeting for Worship:
- How do I strive to maintain the integrity of my inner and outer lives?
- Do I act on my principles even when this entails difficult consequences?
- Am I honest and truthful in all that I say and do, even when a compromise might be easier or more popular?
from Pacific Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice.

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Something in the Air

The other day I was contemplating air (because it’s pretty much everywhere). Air is to land creatures like water is to fish, though fish may not think about water much. People may not think about air a lot, either. We tend to believe air is “nothing”, until it’s filled with particulates like smoke. Air is also filled with invisible particulates like viruses and odors.

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Query offered at the August 2 Meeting for Worship:
- Are you teachable?
- Do you limit God in the ways you listen and the places you seek?
- Do you make a practice of turning to the Inner Light for guidance, remembering that living in the Spirit is a process of discernment?
from Winthrop Friends Meeting, North Carolina

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Recently, I noticed a heaviness of heart and a cloud of sadness billowing up inside of me. When someone asks me how I am doing, I quickly decide, like all of us often do, if I want to let down “My Guard” and answer honestly or just respond with the expected and polite answer that everything is good and I hope the same for them. But the expected and polite response is harder for me to generate these days. There is little energy behind it and even less honesty. “My Guard” is a ginned up Haiku that goes something like this:

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Query offered at the July 5 Meeting for Worship:
How can I help to prepare the soil, and open up my heart, mind, and soul to be receptive to God’s presence in
my life and be more centered on that Presence?

What are the weeds or thorns, competing with, or choking out the growth of the Seed?
from the Spiritual Deepening Library of Friends General Conference

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Worship with us!

Lake Forest Friends Meeting
101 W. Old Elm Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
United States
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 95
Lake Forest, IL 60045
United States
Meeting Times: 

Meeting for worship: First Days (Sundays) at 10:30 a.m. (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Sunday))

First Day School (Children's program): 
Our First Day School is currently meeting online. 
We are holding classes for three age groups. Age groups are general guidelines and children may attend any session that meets their needs and interests.
All children’s First Day School sessions are held on Sunday.

• Pre-K - First grade: 9:30–10:00am - Simple crafts, picture books, and on the fourth Sunday we will have multi-age singing
• First grade - Middle School: 9:30–10:15am - Some reading, more involved crafts, and discussion
•Middle/High School teens: Concurrent with Meeting for Worship (starts at 10:30am) - Discussion of Quaker practice, Quaker history, Bible chapters and other topics—High School student join Meeting for Worship the first Sunday of each month

Please email [email protected] for further info on placing your child/children in First Day School classes and to receive the online meeting link.

First Day School (Sunday School) for adults:
—Moved to Saturday evenings 7:00pm (Online link: Zoom link - Adult Religious Education)(normally prior to meeting for worship on some First Days)

Midweek meeting for worship: Fifth Days (Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m. (Online meeting link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Midweek))

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: 1st First Day of the month at
9:00 a.m. (The November Meeting for Business will be held on November 1: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business)

Potluck lunch: Currently suspended (normally following worship on 3rd First Day of the month)

Singing and Storytelling: 9:15 a.m. 4th First Day of the month
(Currently singing is held online. Please email [email protected] for the online meeting link.)