About Boulder Friends Meeting
Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations against another; but praying one for another and helping one another up with a tender hand.
— Isaac Penington, 1667
Boulder Friends gather in silence in Meeting for Worship, without formalities or professional ministry, to draw near to God. Through quiet waiting or prayer, we seek inspiration, comfort, and Divine guidance for daily living. Listening and seeking are important parts of our worship. The Inner Light is our spiritual guide as we strive to live our daily lives in obedience to the Holy Spirit. Recognizing that each person present possesses a part of the truth, or God’s wisdom, we trust in the silence to bring forth ministry.
During the meeting, a few worshipers may be inspired to offer vocal ministry. A period of silence should surround each spoken message to allow time for reflection. Spoken ministry is not discussion or education, but rather vocal expression of the divine in our lives.
The Meeting for Worship lasts one hour. It ends with a welcoming handshake followed by sharing of personal joys and sorrows, introductions, and announcements. Afterward, all are invited for fellowship and refreshments.
Regular Sunday Events
Meetings for Worship: 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Visitors are welcome at either time. The early meeting usually has small attendance and little vocal ministry. The late meeting may be attended by up to 100 and has more vocal ministry. We do not pass a collection plate. There is a small box on the table outside the worship room if you wish to make a financial contribution.
First Day School (Sunday School) for Children and Youth: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Children are encouraged to join their families in meeting for worship from 10:00-10:15.
Childcare, Infant and Preschool: 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Informal Fellowship Time: 11:15-noon
Program Hour: 12 noon-1:00 p.m. Speakers or discussions are held after fellowship time on many Sundays. Meeting for Business in the Spirit of Worship begins at noon on 2nd Sundays.
First Day School (Sunday School) for children in Grades K-12 is held on Sundays throughout the school year, 10:15-11:15 am, to coincide with the 10 am Meeting for Worship. The program nurtures an understanding of Friends’ history and spiritual values, especially “that of God in every person”. See Parents’ Guide.
Program Hour is offered after worship and fellowship on most Sundays. Programs may feature the sharing of a Friend’s spiritual journey, adult religious education, reports on Quaker activities, discussions or singing.
Meeting for Business (formally called “Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business”) is held the second Sunday of each month after worship and fellowship. Friends meet in the spirit of worship to attend to the care of the Meeting and the meeting house. Decisions about the life of the Meeting are made by Friends through collective spiritual discernment: We gather under the guidance of the Spirit, seeking to make decisions in unity. Visitors are welcome to attend the business meetings.
Events at other times include Quaker studies classes, book discussions, retreats, potlucks and regional gatherings.
To Get More Involved
- Come to Meeting for Worship
- Pick up our Miscellany newsletter at the entrance table
- Attend Program Hours
- Participate in monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
- Join a committee of the Meeting
- Participate in Quaker Studies
- See Get Involved
All tasks of the Boulder Meeting are performed by volunteers. The work is carried out by many committees, and joining a committee is a good way to get acquainted.
Parking: Our parking lot is reserved for those of limited mobility or with small children. As a courtesy to our neighbors, we ask that you park across the street from the meeting house or in the parking lot at Crest View School to the south.