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.
Reading Deep Denial by David Billings
We are opening our minds to White Privilege and exploring options for Racial Justice by reading Deep Denial by David Billings, our second book in our Racial Justice book discussion series. Discussions of Deep Denial are scheduled for March 5th and April 2nd.
Our meeting is open to all and represents a very broad range of beliefs. We enjoy having visitors from other faiths and seekers of all kinds.
WMM participates in the Monthly Meeting Partner Project
Wilton Monthly Meeting was selected by New York Yearly Meeting as one of the first two monthly meetings in NYYM to participate in the Monthly Meeting Partner Project, a colaboration with New England Yearly Meeting.
The heart of the project is intensive work with six monthly meetings or worship groups over the next three years as we seek new ways to nurture multigenerational community life and worship and best support the spiritual lives of children and youth.
Here are a few Quaker affiliated organizations working in support of our testimonies.
Meetinghouse Rentals and Reservations
The Handbook describes the Meeting and its organization and processes.
Worship with us!
Sundays at 10:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday School at 10:00 - 11:15 am
Coffee Sunday at 11:15 am