Our Worship...

... is silent and unprogrammed, and subject to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

A period of time is used to center into an inward stillness. Spirit-led listening is perhaps the most important task of the worshipper.

Spoken messages come from the spiritual depth of one's life and from the leading of the Holy Spirit.

To be absorbed, each message needs to be followed with a period of silence which allows for deepening.

When the vocal and silent ministry speak to the condition of those present and is developed and deepened in the Truth, a profound sense of spiritual community occurs that freshens and delights.  This is what we call a "gathered Meeting."

Meeting for Worship ends after about an hour when the head of Meeting, on the facing bench, shakes hands with those nearby.  We then greet those sitting around us in a similar manner.

All Are Welcome and Included at Meeting for Worship

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COVID-19 and Friends Meeting of Washington

FMW is closed and all in-person meetings cancelled to help protect us all from COVID-19….

Sunday morning Meeting for Worship will be held virtually at least through April

Join us In Online Meeting for Worship 9:00-10:00 am or 10:30-11:30 am.

For details, send a note to:    admin AT QuakersDC.org

Whether online or relying on the spirit that connects us, please hold Meeting for Worship wherever you are.

For more information, email admin@QuakersDC.org. Or you can leave a message on FMW’s office phone (202-483-3310) which staff are checking regularly.

Historically, Friends have often played a crucial role in supporting those most affected in times of crisis.  Now we have an opportunity to use the strength and resources of our robust FMW community well. There will be many ways to help in the coming weeks and months.  We will be sharing those opportunities with you in the coming days and as they arise. Stay tuned, stay safe, and take a moment to hold our community in the Light.

We are mindful that there is much misinformation going around, some of it of a xenophobic or political nature. We need to hold our Asian and Asian-American Friends and neighbors in the Light and combat unfounded prejudice and fear. Our Meeting is relying on the Centers for Disease Control to help us understand the current situation and their suggested best practices.


Regular worship schedule:


  • 9:00 a.m. Quaker House Living Room
  • 10:30 a.m. Meeting Room
  • 10:30 a.m. Library, with special welcome to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals (though all are welcome)

    We offer programming for our younger Friends during the 10:30 worship hour.

  • 6:00 p.m.  Library


  • 6:00 p.m.  Library

When arriving for worship, use our lobby entrance around the corner on Decatur Place NW. Worship services may occasionally be held in another space. Signage will be posted regarding any changes.

Monthly Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business

Noon   Generally on the Second Sunday from September through June and on the third Sunday in July, starting at noon in the Quaker House Living Room. No meeting in August.

What is Quaker worship like?

To watch a short video on What to Expect at a Meeting for Worship, click here. A Welcome Brochure listing the many worship, study, and service opportunities is available by clicking here.

Where are you located?

Friends Meeting of Washington is located near Dupont Circle in the heart of Washington, DC. Click here for driving and transit directions.  All are welcome.