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There are five Quaker meetings in the York area.

Three of these are in York itself, the largest based in Friargate. Around York, members of the Religious Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) worship and work together as York Area Meeting.

Our Quaker Meeting Houses are not only home to thriving Quaker meetings, but also a community resource – meeting places for many community groups and organisations.

Quakers share a way of life rather than a set of beliefs.

We seek to experience God directly, within ourselves and in our relationships with others and the world around us.

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The latest leaflet for newcomers to Friargate is here.

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A Quiet Place in the Centre of York

Friargate Quaker Meeting has opened a Quiet Room as part of its building improvements.
This place of stillness is available to everyone throughout the day for quiet reflection.

Read more about it on the special Quiet Room webpage.


Refugee Crisis: How can we help?

York Area Meeting Clerks have prepared a short guide to local and national agencies or groups working to support refugees and asylum seekers. This is at the request of York Friends wishing to help. You can find it here.


Your Friargate webpages launched

Friargate users, including some new groups, have been enjoying the improved facilities available since our rebuilding work.

For easier access to information about our rooms there is now a new direct web address.

Groups and other interested visitors can go straight to: from their web browser.


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Our website: Personal information

Following recent discussion of how we treat personal information on our website, a new paper attempts to clarify the current policy.

This is in the form of a number of questions and answers.

You can find this paper on the AM business page, as well as here.

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Ex-Soldier talks to Acomb Quakers

Wayne Sharrocks, a 27-year-old former soldier, spoke to Acomb Quakers in March.

He described his experiences which led him to become a member of Veterans for Peace after he left the army, following service in Afghanistan.

Read more and watch a recording of his talk on our News page.

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Re-Imagining Security

In her TED Talk, Celia McKeon, a member of Friargate Quaker Meeting, discusses conventional views of what constitutes security in the modern world.

She goes on to suggest what the key factors really are, and how they are being put into practice around the world

Read more and view a recording of the talk on our News page.


Looking after our bricks and mortar

York Area Quakers are thinking about how they manage and pay for the upkeep of our five meeting houses.

At the request of Area Meeting and its trustees, a working group has set out some proposals. These call for re-aligning the roles of the local meetings and the area meeting as a whole.

In 2017 there will be consultations at both Local and Area Meetings. You can read and download the proposals document on the AM Business page.


Brunch at Friargate?

In April the first session of a new Friargate venture took place.

One Saturday morning a month Friargate will be open for brunch.

Combining a late breakfast with discussion and activities, Open Brunch welcomes regulars, one-off visitors or first timers.

Find out more by visiting our News page.

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Saturday worship at Bootham School

In the new school year, Bootham School is planning to continue its series Saturday morning meetings after the manner of Friends.

Under the name of reflect30, these periods of worship are open to all members of the wider Bootham family in York.

The half-hour quiet time is followed by coffee.

Find out more by visiting our News page.

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