Spiritual Growth and Fellowship
In addition to weekly Meeting for Worship and the social time afterwards, Germantown Meeting offers several opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship to members and attenders.
Adult class meets before Meeting for Worship from 9:00-10:15 am on the 3rd and 4th Sundays except during the summer. Discussion usually centers around a book read by the group or a presentation by one of our members or someone outside our Meeting.
Since 2000, Germantown Friends Meeting has held an annual retreat at Camp Swatara in Central Pennsylvania. All members and attenders are invited to spend a weekend together in a beautiful wooded setting. There are programs for adults and children, and free time to hike, play or rest. Our 2012 retreat was held on the weekend of April 13-15. Our theme was Deepening and Strengthening our Meeting Community. We hope to have another retreat next year during the same period. Contact the Meeting Office if you’d like to register.
Circles of care
Circles of Care are small groups of Meeting members that provide care and support to each other. They were started in 2006 by the Care and Visiting Committee as an alternative method of providing member support. Meeting members who ask to participate are assigned to a group and meet regularly (usually monthly). Each Circle of Care is convened by a member of the Care and Visiting Committee.
Fellowship lunches are sponsored by the Outreach Committee about 4 times a year. All members and attenders are invited to stay after Meeting for Worship for a simple lunch, usually chili (or soup), bread and salad. There is no agenda other than fellowship and community building.
Each fall members and attenders are invited to sign up for the Friendly 8s dinners which are held the on the 3rd Sunday evenings of November, January, February and March. Friends (couples or 2 friends) are randomly assigned in groups of eight so that each dinner has a different mix of people. We find this to be a wonderful way to meet and get to know each other better.
In the past couple of years the Worship and Ministry Committee have sponsored a class on Quakerism called Quakerism 101. The class is geared towards newcomers to and others interested in Quakerism and is advertised to the parents of students at Germantown Friends School. The course covers the history, beliefs and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends.
Throughout the year, there are many other activities:
- book group
- quilting circle
- game night
- intergenerational movie night
- annual picnic
- Christmas potluck and carol singing