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A Quaker meeting in the northern suburbs of Chicago

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.)

Face coverings and social distancing are encouraged but not required for those who attend in-person.

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 in-person during meeting for worship for children of all ages.
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

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. - 8:30 a.m. (Online only: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Midweek))

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: 1st First Day (Sunday) of the month 9:00 a. m. (hybrid in-person/online: Zoom link - Meeting for Business)

Potluck lunch: Following worship on 3rd First Day of the month

Music & Muffins: 9:45 a.m. 4th First Day (Sunday) of the month

What's New

My thoughts have been trending toward the subject of humility, which seems to be in short supply these days. This poem spoke to me and I share it with you:

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Query given by Charlotte Raasch on Sunday August 6th 2023.

Query taken from Faith & Practice, IL. Yearly Meeting 2020.

Do I experience a sense of wonder when I am in a natural environment? - Faith & Practice 1972, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

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The September query was presented by Barbara Fuhrman and came from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting:

 
"How does participation in meeting for worship contribute to my life-long spiritual journey?"
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This month’s query was shared by Pam Kuhn, and comes from Faith and Practice: Illinois Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends,

"What does our meeting do to increase the depth of meeting for worship?"

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Our query on the first Sunday of July asked how we can deepen worship. This topic has come up in other contexts for me this month, including during meeting for worship with attention for business. Here are some of the recommendations I collected this month:

● On the morning of meeting for worship, avoid things that will later distract you while you are trying to center. (For me, this includes avoiding reading novels, reading news headlines, or listening to very catchy tunes.)

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This month’s query was shared by Rob Thompson, and comes from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice:

“What are we doing to invite persons to attend our meetings for worship, to welcome them when they come, to listen sensitively to their needs and hesitations and to encourage their continued attendance?"

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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 in-person during meeting for worship for children of all ages.
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

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. - 8:30 a.m. (Online only: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Midweek))

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: 1st First Day (Sunday) of the month 9:00 a. m. (hybrid in-person/online: Zoom link - Meeting for Business)

Potluck lunch: Following worship on 3rd First Day of the month

Music & Muffins: 9:45 a.m. 4th First Day (Sunday) of the month