Frequent Questions

Some simple answers to some common questions

Can anyone visit a Quaker Meeting? 

Absolutely!  All are welcome at a Quaker Meeting for Worship.  Some persons were raised in the Friends’ tradition and others find their way to Quakerism as adults.  Regardless, you will be warmly welcomed.

What should I wear?

As with most things at Mooresville Friends, we are diverse.  You will see some folk in casual clothing and others in suits or dresses.  Dress as you feel most comfortable!

What about my children?

Your children are welcome to stay with you throughout the worship time.  We love having young ones (even restless ones) with us during worship.  If your child is under the age of 3, there is an unstaffed nursery available for your use if needed.

Is there an offering?

We do not expect visitors to contribute, although gifts are always welcome.  We do not pass a plate, but have a plate in the foyer where offerings are received.

Will I have to introduce myself?

No, you will not be singled out.  You will simply be part of our community as we worship God.  You can request to be placed on our newsletter list or request a pastoral/member visit.  We would like to have you sign our guest register, but it is not required.

Where do I park?

Handicapped and guest parking is located on the North side of the building near the front entrance and ramp access.  There is additional parking in the rear (west) of the building, but access will require climbing stairs.

Can I find my way around?

It is easy to find your way around in the building!   As you enter the front doors, there is a coat rack on the left, and stairs to basement on the right.  Continuing forward, you will be in a “greeting area” (narthex).  To the right is the sanctuary, to the left and down the hall are the handicapped accessible restroom, nursery (end of hall on right,) and classrooms.  If you would like a building tour, just ask one of the friendly people who greet you!

What will the service be like?

The service generally starts with announcements and prayer, followed by singing of traditional hymns, a time of silence, a pastoral message, and a closing prayer.  There are some things unique to Quaker service that may be a bit different from what you encounter in other churches.

Silence is an important element in Quaker worship.  This provides time to wait upon the spirit in stillness, allowing us to communicate with the Living Christ (Inner Light) unhampered by activity and noise.  We seek to feel that Presence in the midst of the gathered meeting.

Absence of symbols.  Because Quakers believe that the Living Christ is truly present and directly available, we hold that outward and visible signs are unnecessary.  For this reason, the meeting room (sanctuary) is simple and plain, unadorned by religious symbols.

A different understanding of Sacraments.  Quaker faith and practice are built upon our personal experiences and shared convictions, rather than doctrinal creeds.  We understand baptism and communion to be primarily inward, spiritual realities, rather that outward rites, so we do not practice those in an outward way.  Our time of silence and open worship, is often identified as “communion in the manner of Friends” and is typically 5 to 10 minutes of the service.

As Quakers, we honor our traditional values, established philosophies, historical legacies, Biblical heritage, and Christian faith.  However, it is God’s presence which truly distinguishes our priorities. A sacrament, like a symbol, points to a reality beyond itself.  Persuaded that God is an abiding and living presence, Friends believe that any meal can be a holy communion, and every day is to live immersed in God’s love.

If communion with or baptism by the Spirit is real, the outward forms are called to be more than a ritual ceremony, but are shown through many acts of love and goodness, by offering a kind word, providing encouragement, being honest, and in countless other ways. Silent Worship allows us to gather in waiting for a great occurrence, no less than to realize the Divine Presence and to create an atmosphere in which that Presence and Power can touch us into fuller life.  Friends seek to know experientially the real presence of God.  Becoming a member of Christ’s Body requires not a rite, but an inward transformation resulting in outward signs of love, patience, goodness, kindness, self-control and faithfulness.