Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice
of the Religious Society of Friends (QUAKERS)

Wilton Monthly Meeting

Welcome!

Wilton Monthly Meeting worship in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition. Meeting for worship is held every Sunday at 10:00 am.

Our meeting is open to all and represents a very broad range of beliefs. 

All are welcome! Child care is provided.

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 ones from time to time. 

Children remind us of the miracle of life and of the continuing opportunity for renewal. We recognize that children have that of God in them as do adults. We are called, therefore, to treat them with respect and dignity and to stay in dialogue with them. While their abilities and ‘weightiness’ vary according to their experience and clarity, we cherish the contributions that they make to family, meeting, and social life.

"Our children are given to us for a time to cherish, to protect, to nurture, and then to salute as they go their separate ways. They too have the light of God within, and a family should be a learning community in which children not only learn skills and values from parents, but in which adults learn new ways of experiencing things and seeing things through young eyes. From their birth on, let us cultivate the habit of dialogue and receptive listening. We should respect their right to grow into their own wholeness, not just the wholeness we may wish for them."

– Elizabeth Watson, 1980

What's New

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 will be added to our calendar. 

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Welcome!

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.

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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.

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Here are a few Quaker affiliated organizations working in support of our testimonies.

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Meetinghouse Rentals and Reservations

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The Handbook describes the Meeting and its organization and processes. 

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Worship with us!

860-799-7860 Pete McCaughan, Clerk
Wilton Monthly Meeting
317 New Canaan Road
Wilton, CT 06897-3322
United States
Meeting Times: 

Sundays at 10:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday School at 10:00 - 11:15 am
Coffee Sunday at 11:15 am

Travel Directions to Wilton Monthly Meeting

From I-95 (South Norwalk): Take exit 15 and go north on US Route 7 when the divided highway ends, go left and then make the second right onto Belden Hill Road. Follow Belden Hill for about a mile until you come to New Canaan Road (which is also CT Route 106), onto which you make left. Go for about 2 miles and then turn left into the driveway just after the white sign for the Meeting House.

From I-84 (Danbury): Go south on US Route 7 (exit 3) for about 15 minutes. Make a right on CT Route 106 and follow it for about 3 miles. Turn left into the driveway just after the white sign for the Meeting House.

From US Route-7 (Wilton): Turn west on Wolfpit Road (CT Route 106) and follow it for 2.9 miles. Turn left into the driveway just after the white sign for the Meeting House.

From CT Route-123 (New Canaan): Turn east on CT Route 106 (Silvermine Road) and follow the CT Route 106 signs for about 2 miles. Turn right into the driveway just before the white sign for the Meeting House.