Welcome to the Web site of the Rochester Friends Meeting of the Religious Society
of Friends, also known as the Quakers. Our worship community has developed this Web site for those seeking
information about Quaker faith and practice, for those who need information about where and when we hold meetings
for worship, and for those who find this Web site a convenient way of keeping up with Meeting news and activities.
Quaker worship follows the form established by the earliest members of the Religious
Society of Friends. Since the 17th century, Friends have gathered together in silence and tried to still our
bodies, our minds, and our hearts so that we may be better able to listen to the Holy Spirit in our midst.
discipline takes the form of suspending our own wishes and expectations, our own knowledge and opinions, in
order to be open to the living word of God. We come without prepared messages or written prayers, without arguments
or agendas, and we wait together for what may arise out of our prayerful silence.
into silence, it quickly becomes evident that the most relentless, demanding noise comes from inside ourselves.
Since we believe that God may speak to all of us through any one of us, anyone may offer a song, a prayer,
or a spoken message during this time.
guidelines for such offerings are very simple:
- If another person starts to speak at the same time, keep listening.
- If it is hard to understand what the speaker means, keep listening.
- If you disagree with what is said, keep listening.
speaking out of the silence, we try to examine our readiness by asking ourselves:
- Is this message meant only for me, or must I share it?
- Does it have to be in these words?
- Does it have to be given right now?
- Am I the one to speak it?
- Have I already spoken in this meeting?
- Has enough time passed since the last message for everyone to consider what was said?
- Am I merely answering someone, as in a debate, or am I speaking from a fresh direction in my soul?
- Am I being moved or tempted to speak?
a message should depart from the tradition of Quaker worship, elders may rise as a reminder to the speaker
that we are in worship.
is over when a designated person shakes hands with those next to her or him, a signal for all to greet those
sitting near them.
Times for Worship
During the fall, winter, and spring months, Sunday meetings for worship are scheduled for 11:00 AM to noon.
During the summer months—from the Sunday after Memorial Day through the Sunday before Labor Day—Sunday
meetings for worship are scheduled for 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. We do not have planned religious education for
children or adults during the summer meetings for worship.
We also hold a midweek meeting for worship on Tuesdays from 12:15 PM to 12:45
The Attica Quaker Worship Group meets at the Attica Correctional Facility each
Friday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Those wishing to attend an Attica Quaker Worship Group meeting are asked
to contact Fred or Judy Halley by the Sunday evening before.
We welcome to our meetings for worship, religious education, and First Day school
all people who feel moved to visit and worship with us. We would like to encourage first-time visitors to introduce
themselves upon their arrival to someone in our worship community so that we can answer any questions they
may have about our meeting for worship or other Meeting activities.
to Find Us
Our meetinghouse is in downtown Rochester at the corner of Scio and Charlotte
Streets. We are a block south of Main Street on Scio Street and a block north of East Avenue. There is a municipal
parking garage across the street on Scio.
From 490 East, take the Downtown-Clinton Avenue Exit and go north on Clinton. At Main Street, turn right and
go to Scio Street. Turn right. You will see the meetinghouse to your left. It is a red brick building.
From 490 West, take the Inner Loop exit going east. Take the Scio Street exit and turn right on Scio. The meetinghouse
is on on your left at Charlotte Street after two traffic signals.
If you need further information, please feel free either to call us at (585)
325-7260 and leave a message or to use our on-line contact form.
This page last revised November 6, 2012.