"In the gathered meeting the sense is present that a new Life and Power has entered our midst.....We are in communication with one another because we are being communicated to, and through, by the Divine Presence...." Thomas R. Kelly 1940
Each Sunday morning worship at Winchester Friends begins at 9:15 AM with a welcome, announcements, and a call to worship led by a member of the meeting. Hymns, contemporary songs and special music are a part of the gathered time.
As a Meeting of the Society of Friends, we are convinced that our central focus in worship is to listen to God, who is speaking within and among us. Friends have historically allowed time in their worship services for silencing human activity in order to lovingly and carefully listen to God. At Winchester Friends, we often use 8 - 10 minutes of the meeting for worship for such a period of silence. We encourage worshippers to obey what God communicates to them during that listening, including speaking out of the silence if they clearly sense God asking them to convey a brief reflection on truth that will be helpful to the group.
Offering: In most of our meetings for worship, ushers will at some point pass offering plates around the sanctuary to receive Friends' gifts and offerings for the support of the church's ministries. The plates are not passed in order to make anyone feel obligated to contribute, or guilty if they do not. Rather, as a church, we have agreed together that God is asking us to provide pastoral and administrative staff salaries, maintain the building and pay for utilities, provide educational materials, support overseas and local missions, and carry out many other ministries -- and taking a weekly offering is just the way Friends choose to regularly remember that we have committed ourselves to meet the expenses of those ministries we agree God wants us to do.
Junior Church: After congregational singing, special music, and prayer, children up through the 5th Grade are dismissed from the sanctuary to participate in their own Junior Church service in their chapel in the annex (ground floor). It is led by adult Friends and includes games, music, and Bible lessons. PLEASE NOTE: On the final Sunday of each month, the children stay in the sanctuary for the whole service and are asked to gather at the front of the room for a brief children's message.
Nursery: There are adults staffing the nursery every Sunday who will be glad to care for your children age 0-3 during the meeting for worship. The nursery is located downstairs at the west end of the annex. If you need assistance in locating it, please don't hesitate to ask an usher.
Worship ends sometime after 10:20 AM
At 10:30 AM, the following Sunday School classes meet for approximately 45 minutes, and they welcome you to join them:
There are restrooms in the annex, both on the ground floor and downstairs. The annex is reached through the double doors at the west side of the parlor.
If you need assistance with anything, feel free to email the church office or ask any usher or greeter on Sunday morning.
The library is located in the southeast corner of the building just off the sanctuary. Books can be checked out by signing the check-out sheet. We request that you try to return books within one month.
Located at the corner of East Washington and North East streets in Winchester, Indiana, we are very easy to locate. However, if you should need detailed directions, please e-mail or call the church office. Please click on the thumbnail below to enlarge the map.