Galway’s Quaker community will hold an ‘open house’ in St Nicholas’ Parochial School, Waterside, this Saturday from 1pm to 5pm.
Those interested in learning about the faith, or who are curious about a different approaches to Christianity, or who would like to simply chat about spirituality, are welcome.
Quakers, also know as the Religious Society of Friends is one of the smallest Christian denominations in Ireland. Quakerism developed in the early 1650s with the idea of practising a simpler form of worship, based on silent waiting before God.
Quakers emphasise the importance of a direct relationship between God and individuals, with an inner experience of Christ leading to outward action. Friends believed there is something of God in everyone and that colour, class, or gender should not be a barrier to our discovering this in each other.
Meetings for worship involve those gathered praying together in quiet dependence on God, the silence is only broken when someone feels moved by the Holy Spirit to speak – either by reading from the Bible, or another inspirational book, or by sharing an insight, or an experience.
All are welcome.