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There is a thriving Quaker Meeting in Penrith. Quakers have met in Penrith for over three hundred years in what is still the original Meeting House. This is situated in Meeting House Lane, close to the centre of the town. The map shows how to find us.
Our Sunday meetings at 10:30 usually have around 20-30 people, with typically 2-6 children in our separate children’s meeting. We’re generally quite a quiet meeting, though we welcome – and get – thought provoking ministry from friends. There’s also a shorter midweek meeting on the second Thursday of each month. The meeting house itself is comfortable and practical; it’s also well used by other groups, ranging from the University of the Third Age, through fitness groups and hobby groups, through to a long-standing toddlers’ music group (Enquiries can be made to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have an active and regular Children’s Meeting, led by a wide set of friends, who chose topics for each meeting. Each year now has a theme. Last year it was ‘Making the world a better place’, and the children particularly impressed us by organising a Cake Sale in aid of the Save the Children Syria appeal. This year’s is ‘Living Adventurously’, and meeting topics have varied from making swords to ploughshares, the bravery of non-combatants, and the symbolism of poppies, to peace in our personal lives and with friends.
There are a variety of activities outside normal meetings. We all enjoyed a summer picnic at a friends’ house nearby. A book group meets monthly, includes both an Anglican and Methodist, and has studied books as The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong and Honest to God by John Robinson. The Christmas celebration featured a beautiful tableau from the children, followed by a shared lunch and quiz. We’ve watched the film ‘Chasing Ice’ together, and some of us attended a valuable first aid course. Particularly moving was a session discussing family stories of World War one, with fascinating tales of people changed by the war.
We welcome newcomers. If you’re interested, please do just join us – with any children – at 10:30 any Sunday morning.
Penrith Meeting, April 2015
Correspondence and enquiries to:
Friends Meeting House,
Meeting House Lane,