Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Tips for First Time Attenders at the Gathering

We look forward to sharing a week of Quaker worship, learning, community, and new friendships with you! There are so many things to do - the first Gathering can be overwhelming for some people. With this in mind, we have compiled some suggestions to make your week more enjoyable.

Self-Care and Connection

✦Please attend one of the orientation sessions for First Time Attenders.

✦Be sure to get plenty of rest. Some experienced attenders encourage afternoon naps. You can’t do everything!

✦For many Friends, workshops provide a comfortable home base with friendships that develop out of sharing a common interest. If you are uncomfortable with your workshop, there may be space in another one that suits you better. Email the Gathering office ([email protected]) for more information. 

✦Take a break from the computer. Stretch, go for a walk, call a friend.


✦Visit the Info Desk or email the Gathering office ([email protected]) if you are having technology problems. 

Worship & grounding

✦There are numerous opportunities for worship. Worship sessions are open to anyone who wishes to attend. They are not limited to members of the sponsoring group, unless they say so specifically. The worship sponsored by FLGBTQC (Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns) is open to all Gathering attenders. 

Overwhelmed, confused? Visit the Info Desk or email the Gathering office ([email protected]).