Quakers share a way of life, not a set of beliefs. Quaker unity is based on shared understanding and a shared practice of silent worship – a communal stillness. Quakers seek to experience God directly – internally, in relationships with others, and with the world.


Local meetings for worship are open to all who wish to attend. Quakers try to live with honesty and integrity. This means speaking truth to all, including people in positions of power.


The Quaker commitment to peace arises from the conviction that love is at the heart of existence and that all human beings are unique and equal. This leads Quakers to put faith into action by working locally and globally to change the systems that cause injustice and violent conflict.


At Darlington Quaker Meeting you will find a diverse and welcoming community. Our official name is the Religious Society of Friends but we are more commonly known as Quakers or Friends.


Quakerism is rooted in Christianity but, today, Quakers are a broad-based group who believe that there is something of God (or the divine) in everyone.

Quakerism is more a way of life than a dogma or creed and we believe that each person can have a direct experience with God. This experience cannot easily be described in words and we feel it is important that each of us uses words that are meaningful to us personally.


Our experience is that the Quaker way affects the whole of our lives. It leads us, individually and together, to work towards a more just and peaceful world, and a more sustainable lifestyle.


Meeting for Worship is a central part of our practice. Our meetings are based on silent waiting and listening, and the silence can be very moving. Out of this silence someone may feel inspired to speak or read a short passage. These words are brief and may be helpful to others present.


We invite everyone to join us:

  • On Sundays from 10.30 to 11.30am followed by refreshments and a chat
  • Children's Meeting on the first Sunday of the month 10.30 - 11.30am
  • On Thursdays from 12.30-1.00 in the Library 


More information about Quaker faith and practice can be found on the national Quaker website: www.quaker.org.uk.


Other useful links:


Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre

Northern Friends Peace Board


SUNDAYS 10.30-11.30am 

THURSDAYS 12.30-1pm



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