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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)

Meeting for worship with a concern for healing: Fourth Days (Wednesdays) at noon (Online meeting link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship with a concern for healing)

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. (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship with Concern for 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

Kindness

“Kindness inspires love.” This short, yet profound sentence is found on page 757 of Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, College Edition. I was looking up the word “inspire” (a verb) because I was looking for “inspiration” (a noun). And wouldn’t you know... I found it!

“Kindness inspires love.” is used in this dictionary as an example of definition no. 5 of the verb “inspire”; “to arouse or produce (a thought or a feeling): as, “kindness inspires love.”

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Query offered at the January 3 Meeting for Worship:
“Do you live in the life and power which takes away the occasion for all wars? Do you seek to take your part in the ministry of reconciliation individuals, groups, and nations? ... In all your relationships with others do you treat them as [...] equals?”

...and I would add...

Do you strive to recognize and explore the uniqueness and value of each individual, understanding that each of us is brought up in environments, families, and cultures that flavor the ways we approach, experience, and react to our world?

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Query offered at the December 6 Meeting for Worship:
Do you carry the experience of meeting for worship into your daily life?
from the Illinois Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice 

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Recently, I was having lunch with a chaplain colleague who shared about an article he read on earthquakes. My mouth fell agape behind my mask as he asserted that earthquakes are always happening. It’s just that we don’t feel them. Incredulous, I donned my Google scholar hat and did my own research. “Surely,” I thought to myself, “earthquakes can’t really be happening all of the time.” It turns out we were both right. While earthquakes aren’t happening all the time, the tectonic plates of the Earth’s surface are constantly moving (or so goes the theory).

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Query offered at the November 1 Meeting for Worship:
Be aware of the spirit of God at work in the ordinary activities and experience of your daily life. Spiritual learning continues throughout life, and often in unexpected ways. There is inspiration to be found all around us, in the natural world, in the sciences and arts, in our work and friendships, in our sorrows as well as in our joys. Are you open to new light, from whatever source it may come? Do you approach new ideas with discernment?

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What the World Needs Now
When I sat down to write this month’s Clerk’s message for the LFFM November newsletter, I was confronted with what many writers fear most.... the blank page. What does one write to encourage, comfort, exhort and heal? This is a tall order, especially on a deadline. However, we know that there is inspiration that comes when we wait and open our hearts to the Spirit.

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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)

Meeting for worship with a concern for healing: Fourth Days (Wednesdays) at noon (Online meeting link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship with a concern for healing)

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. (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship with Concern for 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.)