Annapolis Valley Quakers meet for worship every Sunday. Since Quakers’ faith is one of first-hand experience of the Divine (which can have many names), we have no designated priests or ministers. During weekly Meeting for Worship, we wait in expectant silence. Ministry may come from anyone who is moved by the Spirit.
Our spiritual life does not depend on doctrines, the observance of rites, sacraments or obedience to authority. For Quakers, God is present in us at all times, and divine revelation is continuous and infinite. Quakerism is a living faith, made real in the hearts of all people through the inward light of the Sacred.
Who Are We?
Our full name is Annapolis Valley Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. We have members and attenders from Windsor to Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia (Canada), part of the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw Nation. We started as a small worship group in the 1970’s. Since the mid-1980’s we have been a fully functioning Quaker Meeting, and we are active in regional and national Quaker organizations.
Where and When?
We meet in the homes of local members at 10:30am each Sunday morning, except for the first Sunday of the month, when we usually meet at 4pm followed by pot-luck supper. Call 902-679-3743, subscribe to our calendar or facebook page, or for locations.
Who Can Attend?
All are welcome to join us for worship. You don’t need to call in advance, and you don’t need to dress in any particular way (people have attended wearing everything from suits to sweats). If your child would like to stay with the adults during worship, we would be delighted to welcome them — crawling on a blanket, nursing, or playing with a quiet toy may help keep them comfortable. We also sometimes arrange children’s activities during worship; if that would be helpful, please call ahead so we can meet your needs.
If you are thinking of attending a Quaker Meeting for Worship for the first time, you may want to read more about what happens during meeting.
What Is Quakerism About?
Quakers are rooted in the Christian tradition and open to a wide variety of religious teachings and experience. Seekers from all backgrounds are welcome to come and worship with us.