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Chico Friends Meeting

  1601 Hemlock Street, Chico, CA 95928
Message phone: (530)345-3753   ~   Email:

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Meeting for Worship  

Our meeting has been regularly considering its meeting patterns during the pandemic. In addition to in person worship, we offer worship and other gatherings on Zoom (see the Calendar on this website for details). Our current First Day schedule is:

9:00 a.m. Quaker Thought and Life on Zoom

10:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship on Zoom

11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship in Person

Quaker Thought & Life

   Our Quaker Thought and Life Planning Group has created an ongoing program, starting in 2019. It is especially shaped to help newcomers learn more about the Quaker faith and about our meeting. This is in addition to our continuing QTL sessions of Advices and Queries on 1st Sundays, and Bible Reading-Discussion on 3rd Sundays. 
     Every second Sunday our Quaker Thought and Life session offers an introduction to some aspect of Quaker life, with opportunities for questions, sharing, and exploration.
We follow this on fourth Sundays by viewing a QuakerSpeak video, plus discussion related to the second Sunday topic. Please join us second and fourth Sundays from 9:00 to 9:55 a.m..

 Chico Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, a Quaker Meeting, is an open and affirming faith community. We welcome all who come as religious seekers to share in worship and fully participate in the activities of our common life. The Religious Society of Friends cherishes a greater than 360-year tradition of witnessing to the spiritual belief in the equality of all people.
 We are led to honor the gender identity and expression of each person, as determined by that person. We affirm that gender expression and identity may be fluid and changeable. We recognize that when we embrace the Light within the full spectrum of gender identities in our Meeting, our worship deepens and our community is enriched.


 In our Quaker tradition, waiting on God in silence is at the center of our religious practice.  In our worship we may find peace, strength and love to carry into the world.  Quakers in Chico hold meetings in which there is no pastor or set order for our hour of worship; we all share in the responsibility for spoken ministry and shared silence.  The leader is the spirit of God which is in and among us.

  We make no distinction between the "ordinary" and the "sacred," believing God is to be found in every place and time. Our meetinghouse is not a consecrated space, but simply a convenient place to gather and worship together.  Sit anywhere you like, but it is helpful to leave seats near the doors for latecomers.

  Individuals who feel prompted by God's spirit may rise to speak, pray, or sing.  Such contributions come out of the silence, and arise from that place where each of us meets God.  Anyone may speak in Meeting: young, old, woman, man, first time visitor or "experienced Friend."  Friends speak briefly and leave time between messages for their meaning to reach deeply into us.  Since the purpose of our meetings is the worship of God, spoken messages are offered in the spirit of worship rather than as lectures or discussion.  Anyone who wishes to share purely personal problems may find more help in a small meeting for worship especially appointed for seeking clarity and comfort.

  A "clerk" is appointed to close the Meeting at the appropriate time by shaking hands.  Afterwards, there is time for the children (who join the adults for the last 10 minutes or so of worship) to share what they have done in First Day School, for introductions, and for announcements.  Please stay for refreshments and feel free to talk to anyone.  Members of Meeting will be happy to answer your questions.  Books, pamphlets and Quaker periodicals may be borrowed from the library, and a variety of leaflets are freely available.  Please let us know if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter. 

  We are glad to invite you here to worship with us.


QuakerSpeak Videos

The Prayer Life of Quakers

What to Expect in Quaker Meeting

Why I am a Quaker

How I became a Quaker

Do Quakers Quake?

Are You a Quaker?

My First Time At Quaker Meeting

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