Welcome!

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We welcome you to the Visalia Friends Meeting. We are affiliated with the Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Meeting for worship begins at 10:30 am. A map is provided on our Contact page. We invite you to share in our meeting for worship and hope that the following words will introduce you to the nature of our gathering.

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Friends believe that within each person there is a divine light that we share with the eternal and with that of God in others. A direct experience of God is open to anyone who is willing to sit quietly and search for the light. We join together in silence seeking this presence of God.
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Our meeting is unprogrammed and lasts about an hour. Children have the opportunity to go to the Children’s program for the first portion of this hour. During the silent worship anyone who feels moved to share a message may do so. Ideally, these messages are framed by silence and deepen the awareness of the spiritual values on which the meeting is based.
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The meeting is closed by the joining of hands. It is then our custom to introduce ourselves and make brief announcements. While there may be some who quietly depart, reflecting still on the experience of the meeting, other Friends will linger to greet one another. We invite all to share in this important part of our religious fellowship.

Should you have questions about the Religious Society of Friends,
feel free to ask any of our members or regular attenders.
As an introduction you might like to read Who Are the Quakers?Leaves4