I arrive at the meetinghouse for 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. I often encounter a few people leaving from our newly instituted mid-week silent worship.
This brief 30 minutes of quietude was organized by a Friend who felt led to seek a chance to regroup in stillness and silence mid-week. She invited in several people she knew, none of whom are Quakers, and all of whom gave it a trial. Local Friends have also joined her.
She arrives and unlocks the meetinghouse at 9:30 a.m. She enters quietly and goes directly to the worship room and others do the same. After half an hour, they quietly disperse. They may wish each other good day but they do not linger long; there is no expectation of a social time or coffee hour.
True silence is the rest of the mind; and is to the spirit, what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
~ William Penn, 1644-1718