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Overview

Westminster Quakers

Westminster Quaker Meeting House is in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. It is primarily a place of Quaker worship. There has been a Quaker Meeting in Westminster since 1655, and it has occupied the current site in St Martin’s Lane since the late 19th Century. It was rebuilt in the 1950s following wartime damage.

The building provides an oasis of calm in central London for contemplation, reflection, meditation, healing and spiritual well-being, and is home to a varied and dynamic community of spiritual groups, healing practitioners and people exploring other forms of personal growth.

It comprises a large meeting room for Quaker worship, kitchen, toilets, library, smaller meeting room (the Fry Room) and an office on the ground floor; a meeting room and a series of four rooms (one with toilet and washing facilities) hired and used by therapists on the first floor; two rooms in the basement and a three-bedroom flat with conservatory on the top floor. The building has a contract for 100Mb fibre optic broadband (currently being installed). There is also a large shared roof garden.

Westminster Quakers is part of London West Area Meeting (a registered charity). The net income from hiring out our rooms is used to support the worshipful life of Quaker Meeting Houses throughout London.

There are Meetings for Worship at 11.00 each Sunday with children’s Meeting twice a month, a lunchtime meeting on Tuesdays from 13.00-13.30 and a meeting on Wednesday evening 18.15-19.00. These meetings attract many visitors especially from overseas. There is also a weekly Drop-in Silence on Friday evenings from 17.30-19.00, a craft circle, and other activities organised by the Meeting. Meetings for worship used by others also take place here. There were three weddings at the Meeting House in 2017.

The Meeting House seeks to enhance and nurture the spiritual life of the people who worship here (“Friends”)* and those wanting to know more about Quakers. Through our location we provide an important opportunity for outreach as well as a place for Friends visiting London to access Meetings for Worship.

Quakers do not have any priests or hierarchy. We appoint people to act on committees, usually for three years. Elders are responsible for the spiritual care of the Meeting, and Overseers are responsible for its pastoral care. Other committees include: Nominations (to serve on a committee); Outreach; Finance; and Premises.

The Resident Friend Volunteer will have an integral role in our Meeting alongside the Premises Committee and the Premises Coordinator in order to foster a sense of community within the building and in the local area.

More information

If you would like an informal conversation about any aspect of this volunteer service please contact westminsterpremises@gmail.com, with the reference “Resident Friend Volunteer” in the subject line. If you would just like to see the building, you are very welcome to attend any of our Meetings for Worship or Drop-in Silence, which are all open to the public.

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*Please note: although this position is called “Resident Friend Volunteer”, applications are open to anyone in sympathy with the Quakers – regardless of whether or not they have taken up formal membership of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).