About Quakers (Friends)

Quakerism was founded in 1652 by George Fox who preached a very simple but radical Christian message - he encouraged people to listen to the spirit in their hearts and obey its guidance in their daily lives.  They called themselves ‘Friends of the Light’ but became known by the nickname Quakers, a name that was first conferred on George Fox by Justice Bennett in 1650 when Fox told him to tremble at the word of the Lord.  This name is now synonymous with our formal name - the Religious Society of Friends.
Fox taught that the spirit, which had inspired the writing of the scriptures, was still working and living in the hearts of men and women, ready to reveal fresh truths.
 A Different Approach to Religion
   Friends' approach to religion was and still is very different from that of other religious groups.  Perhaps the three most noticeable differences are that:  
·  Emphasis is not placed upon belief (Quakers have no Creed), but upon what we are within and how we live our lives.  We rarely speak about our personal inner beliefs, preferring to act on George Fox's words  .....   "Let your lives speak." 
 ·  When we meet for worship we do so in silence.  There is no formal service with hymns, prayer, lessons or a sermon from a minister.  There is just silence, in which together as a group we try to nurture the 'Light' or 'that of God' within us all. It is our experience that silence brings peace, meaning and strength to our lives.  
 ·  We have no ministers, but in our meetings someone may feel moved to share a deep inner thought - one that may appear profound and timely to others.
        "Some seek it in books, some in learned men; but what they seek is in themselves."
William Penn 1694