This web page is a copy of the text and graphics in the Welcome brochure distributed to visitors to Prospect Hill Friends Meeting and to others enquiring about that Meeting. The graphics were supplied by Regula Russelle. This page was last updated April 15, 2013.
Prospect Hill Friends meet in the
Twin Cities Meeting house,
One the first First Day (Sunday) of the each month, the (unprogrammed) Meeting for Worship begins at 4:00 p.m. (doors open by 3:45 p.m. to allow time to settle) and is followed by the Monthly Meeting with Attention to Business at 5:00 p.m. The next Monthly Meeting with Attention to Business is scheduled for May 5, 2013.
On the Second First Day (Sunday) of each month, the programs will start at 4:00 p.m. (doors open by 3:45 p.m. to allow time to settle). This is followed by the (unprogrammed) Meeting for Worship which begins about 4:45 p.m. This is followed by a potluck at 6:00 p.m.
On the other First Days (Sundays) of the month, the programs will start at 4:00 p.m. (doors open by 3:45 p.m. to allow time to settle). This is followed by the (unprogrammed) Meeting for Worship which begins about 4:45 p.m. The programs are varied; usually related topics are spaced about one month apart. It is intended that the following list be updated frequently. If it is out of date, please do regard it as an indication of the types of programs we offer at Prospect Hill Friends Meeting.
Questions about time and program should be addressed to Sigrid Coats who can be reached at 612-379-7398.
Friends have sought to discover ways of living and worship that make access to the Light Within easier and more fulfilling. Respect for the paths taken by others in their search for the divine causes Friends to avoid active proselytizing. At times, this may make newcomers feel they are observing a closed "in-group" from the outside. However, be assured that nothing done arises from knowledge that is deliberately kept secret or hidden from newcomers. All members are happy to share. Visitors who have questions are encouraged to ask anyone after meeting, or to telephone one of the Friends listed above.
Prospect Hill Meeting has no designated minister.
Members and attenders share the responsibility for worship. The meeting opens
by entering a centered silence, with each seeking the divine presence, an
experience Friends often call the sense of Inward Light or the Light Within.
Sometimes the entire meeting for worship takes place in this prayerful silence.
Friends are comfortable with worship that requires no words.
But Friends believe they are called upon to minister to one another. During worship, a Friend who feels he or she has received a message from God may speak in spontaneous prayer or ministry or, more rarely, song or humorous story. After each message, the group centers again in silence. After a period of quiet, some other friend may share a message on the same theme or bring forward some new insight. The goal is not discussion, rather a dialogue between the group and God.
Friends who are so moved speak clearly and loud enough to be heard. The message is focused and brief. The nickname for Friends ("Quakers") arose from the fact that they wait to speak until shaken inwardly, or even outwardly, by a powerful sense that a message must be shared.
Visiting a Friends meeting for worship can sometimes be intimidating to those unfamiliar with Quaker ways. Visitors should be assured that they are welcome. Questions or concerns may be raised after meeting. If sitting quietly to meditate for nearly an hour becomes difficult for novices, they should know that most Friends have felt the same at some point, and perhaps at many points.
Children are welcome at programs and meeting for worship. We understand that children are not able to sit as quietly as adults. Their noises and shifting are not as distracting to others as their parents might imagine. An on-going children's program has been planned at times when there was regular attendance by children.
Both meeting for worship and meeting for business are always open to visitors as well as to members. Meeting for business is a new experience for non-Quakers. The main rule is that a Quaker usually speaks only once upon any matter, and endeavors to do so in a Friendly manner. Again, if there are questions or concerns, it is appropriate to raise them with a Friend after the meeting is over.
Prospect Hill Friends usually meet informally for a potluck supper and program on the third Friday of the month. These events are likewise open to visitors. Children are welcome and usually enjoy themselves at these gatherings. Interested persons should ask when and where the next third-Friday event will be held.
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