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Lake Forest Friends Meeting

Join us for First Day (Sunday) Worship in-person or online. (see the listing of worship times for links to online sessions.)

Safety precautions, including face coverings and social distancing, will be required for all in attandance.
All other Lake Forest Friends Meeting events, including Midweek Meeting for Worship and Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, continue to be online-only at this time. 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: lakeforestquakers@gmail.com

Meeting Times

Meeting for worship: First Days (Sundays) at 10:30 a.m., both in person at the meetinghouse (following CDC guidelines) and online (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Sunday))

First Day School (Children's program)
First Day School is held during meeting for worship for children of all ages. We hold a hybrid First Day School class for elementary school age children the 1st Sunday of the month, allowing students who are unable to attend in-person to join us online.   
Please email lakeforestquakers@gmail.com or come visit us at the meetinghouse for further info on placing your child/children in First Day School classes and to get the link to join the hybrid session.

Adult Religious Education:
Seventh Days (Saturdays) at 7:00pm (Online link: Zoom link - Adult Religious Education)

The 3rd Saturday of each month, in lieu of Adult Religious Education, an online Game Night is held at 6:30pm. 
Please email lakeforestquakers@gmail.com for the Game Night link.

Wednesday noon meeting for worship: Fourth Days (Wednesdays) at noon (Online only: Zoom link - Wednesday noon Meeting for Worship)

Midweek meeting for worship: Fifth Days (Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m. both in person at the meetinghouse (masks required) and online (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Midweek))

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: 1st First Day (Sunday) of the month 1:00 p. m. (Online-only: Zoom link - Meeting for Business)

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

Music & Muffins: 10:00 a.m. 4th First Day of the month

What's New

What can we do to rebuild the Lake Forest Friends Meeting community while respecting the needs of everyone?

-Presented by the Pastoral Care Committee, Friends should share their responses to this query with anyone on the Pastoral Care committee.

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As a child, the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday is simple: Our crops were safely gathered in, so we will have food for the winter. Let us be thankful for this, and let’s have a feast to celebrate. As an adult, Thanksgiving has so much baggage attached: Turkeys still frozen when they need to be thawed. Feelings of thanksgiving clouded by deeper knowledge of the first European immigrants’ relationships with Native Americans. The political and economic things for which we are not at all thankful.

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My relationship with rain has changed recently. I now live in a house whose roof has a layer of a rubber-like membrane, then a thick layer of foam insulation, and then about two inches of wood, so it works like a drum. I no longer need to look out the window to discern whether it is raining. I hear the rain begin with sprinkles and turn to big drops. I hear the swell and ebb of a storm, and after the rain stops falling from the sky, I hear drops falling from the two big oak trees that shelter the house.

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Our August query was shared by Sky Skyler.

On the first Sunday of each month we read a Query , which is a question or questions that can be used to guide our
inquiry into some aspect of our faith, life, or practice.

Various Yearly Meetings or other groups have given great consideration to these Queries and written them down for all to
use. From time to time a meeting may write new queries to address some aspect of current day life.

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Friends met at 1 p.m. on July 17, for Worship with Attention to Business on ZOOM as we have done for over two years throughout the Covid-19 and subsequent Covid variants pandemic. Please take the time to read the Minutes of that meeting contained in this newsletter. Important concerns were expressed and proposals made and accepted which will affect us all in the coming days. We are entering a new post pandemic phase of our community’s life which is rich with opportunity and challenge.

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It is the custom of LFFM to offer Queries during Meeting for Worship on the First Day of each month.

The Queries are a profile of the Quaker way of life and a reminder of the ideals Friends seek to attain.  Concerned with action, not with theological belief, the queries have long served as a unique form of self-discipline.  In the late 1600s the Queries of London Yearly Meeting asked simply, How does the Truth, the Light, prosper among you? 

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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., both in person at the meetinghouse (following CDC guidelines) and online (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Sunday))

First Day School (Children's program)
First Day School is held during meeting for worship for children of all ages. We hold a hybrid First Day School class for elementary school age children the 1st Sunday of the month, allowing students who are unable to attend in-person to join us online.   
Please email lakeforestquakers@gmail.com or come visit us at the meetinghouse for further info on placing your child/children in First Day School classes and to get the link to join the hybrid session.

Adult Religious Education:
Seventh Days (Saturdays) at 7:00pm (Online link: Zoom link - Adult Religious Education)

The 3rd Saturday of each month, in lieu of Adult Religious Education, an online Game Night is held at 6:30pm. 
Please email lakeforestquakers@gmail.com for the Game Night link.

Wednesday noon meeting for worship: Fourth Days (Wednesdays) at noon (Online only: Zoom link - Wednesday noon Meeting for Worship)

Midweek meeting for worship: Fifth Days (Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m. both in person at the meetinghouse (masks required) and online (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Midweek))

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: 1st First Day (Sunday) of the month 1:00 p. m. (Online-only: Zoom link - Meeting for Business)

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

Music & Muffins: 10:00 a.m. 4th First Day of the month