Spiritual State of the Meeting – 2010

Augusta Friends Worship group, located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, provides a spiritual home to 18 attenders. The great geographical distance among attenders (some as much as 40 miles) does not facilitate the frequent social exchanges that are possible when Friends are closer together. This does impact the connectedness of the Spirit that can be present. We also meet in homes, so there is no central place that can be called “home” to which attenders can gravitate. This also impacts attracting new attenders who may feel awkward at going to a personal space. However, this continues to fit us and provides us the challenge to be sure that we are nurturing the spirit when we are together. It has not severely limited us in attracting new folks as we have had several seek us out. Those who host feel that their holding the space for others to feel the connection to Spirit is a special thing, and they strive to make the space comfortable and centered on several levels. They also experience the grace that is left behind by having others worship in their living space. Continue reading

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Spiritual State of the Meeting – 2009

Augusta Friends Worship group, located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, provides a spiritual home to 18 attenders. The great geographical distance among attenders (some as much as 40 miles) does not facilitate the frequent social exchanges that are possible when Friends are closer together. This does impact the connectedness of the Spirit that can be present and does not meet the needs of all for which that is important. Continue reading

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Spiritual State of the Meeting – 2008

Augusta Friends Worship group, located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, provides a spiritual home to 20 attenders. Meeting for Worship continues to be the time that binds us together as a group. We come from many different faith perspectives and find commitment to the silent expectant waiting gives us the space to know one another in a deeper way. While there are not often verbal messages, there is a spiritual connectedness that underlies and defines us. We are becoming more aware of the spiritual power of “being present” as it gives us refreshment and joy no matter the individual place we are in to begin any given First Day. As an outreach to some who could not attend meeting activities because of health, we began a midweek opportunity for worship in Harrisonburg twice a month. Continue reading

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Spiritual State of the Meeting – 2007

Augusta Friends Worship group, located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, continues to provide a spiritual home to 19 attenders. Our worship is centered in the Friends’ practice of silent expectant waiting. Verbal ministry continues to be rare, but there are often deep-felt silences. For some, this lack of deep sharing does not provide the nourishing experience that they need or want. We are aware that we bring different streams of faith with us as we sit together and try to be open to whatever messages may find words. Continue reading

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