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"When I came into the silent assemblies of God's people, I felt a secret power among them, which touched my heart, and as I gave way unto it, I found the evil weakening in me and the good raised up."
- Robert Barclay (1648-1690)

"There I declared the everlasting truth of the Lord and the Word of life for several hours, showing that the Lord was come to teach His people Himself"
- George Fox (1624-1691)

"The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world."
- John 1:9

Quakers believe that the Light of God is in every person. Our style of worship is meant to direct each participant toward this Inward Guide.

Because it happens beyond the edge of our control, listening for the still, small voice requires a certain level of vulnerability. Learning how to be vulnerable in the gathered community takes courage. It also creates a sense of intimacy that we treasure. We find that the work of worship brings us closer to God and closer to one another.



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We meet for worship on Sunday mornings from 10:00-11:30am. Expect casual dress and the occasional giggle.

Nursery care is available at 9:50. At about 10:30, children from preschool through 5th grade are invited to separate activities. If you prefer, a child of any age may stay with you during meeting for worship

West Hills Friends considers its style of worship, "semi-programmed." Although we have at least 20 minutes of unprogrammed worship each week, we also invite people to prepare songs and spoken messages. We believe these preparations arise from the practice of listening and contribute to our overall awareness of God's presence.

Our meetings for worship typically include the following components. Links are provided for those who would like to read more.

First Word

During this time, Friends take 3-5 minutes to reflect on some aspect of their spiritual journeys.

Music

From week to week, we enjoy different music leaders. As leaders change, so does the style of music.

Message

Someone reads a passage of Scripture and a prepared message.

Open Worship

In the silence, we open ourselves to God's guidance. As we listen together, the Spirit may direct one of us to sing, speak or pray aloud.

Joys & Concerns

We believe God has called us to live in authentic community. Each week, we take time to share our lives with one another.

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Some prepared messages and "first words" are available as audio files. To see what's available, please visit our SoundCloud page.

The quality of our worship is enhanced when everyone is authentic about who they are. We welcome LGBTQ people to participate fully in the life of our meeting. You can read more about why this commitment is important to us.

A Quaker's View: The Technique of Worship
A Quaker's View: Worship and Emotion
Barclay on the Experience of Worship
Barclay on the Theology of Worship
Study Guide (PDF): How Do You Listen?

The Process (Alyss; 2015)
The experience of being called to speak.

Sounds of Silence (Greg; 2012)
Silence and speaking from silence.