Wilton Monthly Meeting
Wilton Monthly Meeting worship in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition. Meeting for worship is held every Sunday at 10:00 am. Child care is provided.
Our meeting is open to all and represents a very broad range of beliefs.
If you have never before attended an unprogrammed Friends (Quaker) meeting for worship, your first meeting may surprise you…
While all Quakers meet in worship to hear more clearly God’s “still small voice,” Friends in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition base our worship entirely on expectant waiting.
We meet in plain, unadorned rooms where we are less distracted from hearing that voice. There are no pulpits in our meeting rooms because we minister to each other. Our benches or chairs face each other because we are all equal before God. We have no prearranged prayers, readings, sermons, hymns, or musical orchestrations because we wait for God’s leadings and power in our lives. When you enter the meetinghouse and take your seat on a bench, you will find that those gathered around you are sitting in silence, settling into a period of quiet reflection, prayer and expectant waiting on the Spirit.
During worship, a message may come to us. Messages may be for our personal reflection or for sharing with others. They may be a leading to stand and speak. Friends value spoken messages that come from the heart and are prompted by the Spirit as well as the silence we share together. Following a spoken message, we return to the silence to examine ourselves in the Light of that message. Meeting for worship ends when one Friend, designated in advance, shakes hands with his or her neighbors. Then everyone shakes hands. No two meetings are ever the same.
The meetinghouse is not a consecrated edifice, and if there is anything holy about it, it must be the lives of the people who meet there. The Friends feel that there must be a vital and sustained connection between worship and daily life. When our ideal is attained, our meeting is merely the community search for that guidance which we covet for every important act of our lives.
Visitors, Seekers and Newcomers
We have a page dedicated to you! Click on About | Seekers/Newcomers .
Advices and Queries
Friends do not have a creed but we do have a set of spiritual Queries which help us individually and as communities to consider our spiritual condition. We also have Advices, based on the spiritual wisdom gleaned over the years. Here is a sample. We will post a new one each week.
In the contemplation of marriage, Friends should seek divine guidance. Marriage is a life-long union of spiritual as well as temporal concerns and presents considerations of vital importance. When two persons are united in their religious faith, they are likely to find not only a firmer bond of union but also greater strength in fulfilling all of life’s undertakings. Therefore, Friends contemplating marriage should early acquaint their families and meetings with their intentions, seeking their approval, that they may avoid the far-reaching consequences of hasty and ill-considered action. It is tenderly recommended that Friends keep to the simple and solemn form of our marriage ceremony.
All are invited to attend an Alternatives to Violence Project mini workshop at noon on May 7th at the Meetinghouse.
It will give you a taste of AVP and address the following:
The First Day School Committee and Wilton Monthly Meeting are delighted to let you know that, beginning January 29th, 2017 we are offering a new place for children, appropriately, in the heart of meeting for worship.
Any children attending Meeting or First Day School can now choose to sit on a rug on the floor in front of the fireplace, Other children as well as one friendly adult will be there too! In First Day School, the children are each creating a "sit-upon" to make their space their own as well as a bit comfier. We will have a few extras for visitors.
We are organizing local film screenings this spring and we need your help! Our next organizing meetings are January 25th and February 23rd at 7pm at the Meeting House. Please join us.
We are a Lifelines to Solitary meeting.
Lifelines to Solitary is a prison correspondence program specifically designed to reach out to people in solitary confinement. On any given day more than 100,000 people are held in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails.
Basic AVP Workshop on March 3-5, 2017
You are invited to attend a conflict resolution workshop
- Learn better ways to manage anger
- Improve communication and listening skills
- Help to transform conflicts at home and work
Fred Feucht leads a Basic Alternatives to Violence Project workshop at WMM. This is a three day event: Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.
Registration required. See attached registration form below.
Worship with us!
Sundays at 10:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday School at 10:00 - 11:15 am
Coffee Sunday at 11:15 am