Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)
The Quaker saying, “proceed as way opens,” means embarking on a service or action without prior clarity of the details, but with confidence that divine guidance will show a path to the appropriate outcome. “Way opens” encapsulates the story of our construction of a new home for community life and religious education. After a decade of building unity and fund-raising, and nearly two years of permitting delays and alterations to meet regulations, construction has finally begun.
In the months ahead, we will need everyone’s help with the following:
1) Please do not enter the work area; the site is now under the care (and legal responsibility) of our general contractor.
2) If you have business at the School House, please park in the School House parking lot or at 616; there is no longer a safe path from the main parking lot.
The School House (612 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd.) is not accessible from the main parking lot of Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting during the renovation and addition project at the Community House. The work area is now fenced; that end of the parking lot is beginning to fill with contractor storage and equipment; construction entrances are being laid; and a utility trench has been dug.
How to find our driveway to the School House: Coming from the west along Route 108 our double driveway is at the fourth house east of the red brick building that houses the bakery and florist. A pipe stem driveway takes you down past 616 (our Office pictured at right). There is parking between these buildings. From the east, turn into the first driveway past Auburn Village Drive on the left.
FIRST DAY SCHOOL UPDATE (August 30, 2015)
The Religious Education Committee will continue to hold classes for children on the campus of Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS). We look forward to sharing with you as we begin a new year of First Day School on September 13. We will start, as always, with opening Meeting for Worship at 11:00 a.m. in the Meeting House on the SSFS campus. After the students are released, we will gather, along with interested parents in the adjacent amphitheater (weather permitting) for introductions, some singing, and then on to the classroom spaces.
NEW LOCATIONS OF OTHER MEETING ACTIVITIES
Until further notice, Sandy Spring Friends Meeting activities will be taking place on the campus of Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS), located at 16923 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860. The new locations for the 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship, First Day School, and activities on Meeting for Business First Days are shown below. Note that the Thursday evening Meeting for Worship, and the 9 a.m. Meeting for Worship on all the other Sundays will continue to be in the Sandy Spring Meeting House.
|11 a.m. Meeting for Worship||Sandy Spring Friends School Meeting House (also called ‘Ashton Meeting House’)|
|9 a.m. Meeting for Worship and Business Meeting, on the first Sunday each month||Sandy Spring Friends School Meeting House (‘Ashton Meeting House’)|
|First Day School (Sunday School)||Various locations on the Sandy Spring Friends School campus during 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship|
We use the lobby of the Yarnall Hall (the ‘Beest-ro’) on the SSFS campus for the coffee hour after worship, and for potluck after business meetings. The classes for our Religious Education program will be held in various locations on the SSFS campus. Primary parking should be in the Lower School lot. You can find a map of the SSFS campus showing the locations of the Meeting House, Yarnall Hall, and parking lots by clicking here.
The Religious Society of Friends holds as the basis of its faith the belief that God endows each human being with a measure of the Divine Spirit. We believe that the gift of God’s presence and the light of God’s Truth have been available to all people at all times and in all ages. The Religious Society of Friends has no formal creed but seeks continuing revelation. We are a religious fellowship based on common religious ideals and experiences rather than on creed or liturgy. Each person must prayerfully seek individual guidance and must follow the Light found within. We welcome to our fellowship all seekers who in spirit and in truth try to find and follow the will of God and who are in sympathy with the principles and practices of Friends. (from Baltimore Yearly Meeting, Draft Faith and Practice (2013))
Second through Fifth Sundays: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. — Meeting for Worship NOTE: We have temporarily relocated to the campus of Sandy Spring Friends School for 11:00 a.m. worship, until further notice. See this page for details.
First Sunday of each month: 9:00 and 10:15 a.m. — Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, where once each month, we meet to discuss the spiritual and practical business of the community (hence the term “monthly meeting”). NOTE: Our business meeting has temporarily relocated to the campus of Sandy Spring Friends School until further notice.
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. Care and Concern Support Group
Thursdays: 7:30 p.m. Mid-week Meeting for Worship, Meeting House