You are welcome here. We worship at 10 AM on Sundays (see notice below)

Quaker Meeting matters to me because…

There is genuine warmth in the fellowship of Fresh Pond Meeting — I feel that the other members really love me and love my daughter, and immediately included us in their community. To be a part of this Meeting has been a balm to my spirit and helped me to stay centered and loving amidst a global pandemic and other more personal life upheavals.

— Amanda

see all responses

Hybrid Worship

Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting Hybrid Worship First Days (Sundays) at 10 AM. Friends are invited to gather in person at the Cambridge Friends School, 5 Cadbury Road, Cambridge and online via Zoom according to your preferences.

We wear a mask to worship. Masks will be available at the door for anyone who does not have one.

New to worship at Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting?

When you join in person worship you will discover that Fresh Pond Meeting is experimenting in hybrid worship with a new technology. We welcome your comments about your experiences as we seek to be an inclusive community.

To worship via Zoom, see below. When you join our Zoom meeting you will be met by a greeter. You are welcome to arrive as early as 9:30 am for Friendly conversation. Meeting for Worship begins at 10 am in a breakout room. The greeter will facilitate your entry into that room.

UPCOMING CALENDAR

January 29 Hybrid Worship

January 31 Committee of the Whole gathers mid-week via Zoom, 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Created for the purpose of worship and hearing/discerning concerns of the Meeting during the 2023 Sabbath Year. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

February 5 Hybrid Worship, followed at 11:30 by Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, all are welcome and encouraged to participate in our discernment and decision-making.

February 15 Radical Welcome by Stephanie Spellers, book discussion continues, via Zoom 7:30 to 9:00 pm. All are welcome, whether you have attended before or not. Discussion will cover chapters “Beyond Inviting and Inclusion” and “Radical Welcome Signs.” Contact freshpond@neym.org for more information.

February 16 Committee of the Whole gathers mid-week via Zoom, 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Created for the purpose of worship and hearing/discerning concerns of the Meeting during the 2023 Sabbath Year. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

February 28 Committee of the Whole gathers mid-week via Zoom, 7:30 to 8:30 PM. See above…

DIRECTIONS TO WORSHIP AT CAMBRIDGE FRIENDS SCHOOL

Driving:

Enter through the courtyard on the right side of the school, access from the parking lot. ** Cadbury Road is marked “Do Not Enter” but that is ONLY DURING WEEKDAY SCHOOL HOURS. ** You may drive up the road in front of the school to our parking lot, or park on the street!

Walking:

From Mass Ave, take Upland Rd. to Corcoran playground (6 blocks counting on the right). Cut diagonally across the park to Walden St. Turn left on Walden, go to Wood St., the first street on the right (purple house with large pine tree on corner), turn right and walk one block. Cross Cadbury Rd, go along the east (right) side of the school, go inside the courtyard.  3/4 mile, 15 minutes’ walk.

Directions for logging into our virtual meeting for worship on Zoom:

Fresh Pond Quakers is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Meeting for Worship
Time:  9:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/687886882?pwd=YWJyNXF5aG5NQ29QcE1UQ0hQTC9KQT09

Meeting ID: 687 886 882
Password: 648213

One tap mobile
+16465588656,,687886882#,,,,0#,,648213# US (New York)
+13017158592,,687886882#,,,,0#,,648213# US (Germantown)

Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 687 886 882
Password: 648213
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aduNZHL8Dz

What Do We Believe?

The most fundamental belief of Quakers is that every person holds within them the essence of God, and can access that essence for guidance through worship and prayer.  Our practices evolve from this essential belief. Our behavior with each other and in the world show common themes of peace, simplicity, equality, and integrity – often referred to as our testimonies. All are based on our experience of the divine acting in our lives and relationships.

It is traditional Quaker practice that we “minute” statements that reflect our understanding of the Spirit at work among us, and in the world.

What is Our Meeting for Worship Like?

Worship begins as soon as the first person is seated in our circle. We worship with no pastor or professional minister. Our experience is that the Holy Spirit is present among us and will guide us.  This is called unprogrammed worship in the Quaker tradition.

After Meeting for worship each week, we join together for meeting business, potlucks, religious education, and social time.  Our schedule in 2023 will reflect our on-going discernment of living into a Sabbath Year.

At present we are re-configuring our youth programming as we adjust to hybrid worship, experiment with the technology, and live into our Sabbath Year. If you would like to attend worship with children, please contact the clerks at freshpond@neym.org to learn about our intergenerational worship and current programming.