Meeting for Worship
The Religious Society of Friends has used Meeting for Worship as its central worship process since its inception nearly 400 years ago. Meeting for Worship, usually held in a community group, is a time for silent reflection based on the Quaker belief that each person communes individually with God. Meeting is held regularly at Penn Charter and is respectful of all faiths. It is marked by periods of silence, or silence broken by the sharing of students’ or teachers’ thoughts. The individual and community aspects of Quaker worship, occurring together, stem from the Quaker belief that a life goal for each person is to stay true to oneself while at the same time working to be a fully responsible member of one’s community.
While adopting these practices, Lower School Meeting is held every Wednesday, 8:30-9:00 a.m. Lower School Meeting for Worship is respectful of all faiths. Usually, in a one-month period, students in K-5 attend two all-Lower School Meetings, one Meeting by grade level, and one Worship Sharing Meeting with a mixed group of students from each Lower School grade level (except K). Parents and caregivers will be invited to a specific Meeting for Worship with their child’s class, and are welcome to join us any Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.
Pre-K children attend Meeting for Worship once a week in their classroom.
Once a year, usually in the spring, Penn Charter has an all-school Meeting for Worship attended by every grade in the school.