Winthrop Center Friends is a semi-programmed Quaker Meeting with worship each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The term "semi-programmed" means that we have spoken prayer, readings, singing, and a pastor who offers a message, while also leaving room for a significant period of silent worship.
We welcome anyone who would like to worship with us as a spiritual companion. Friends believe there is “that of God” in everyone capable of guiding, challenging and comforting them individually and also together as a gathered worshipping body. Quakerism has its roots in Christianity but we embrace a wide diversity of beliefs. We do not have a creed, since we believe the Divine is continually revealing and being revealed. One Sunday each month is “unprogrammed” and Friends gather in quiet waiting in which anyone may be led to speak to those gathered.
We linger after worship each week for a time of fellowship and refreshments.
We have a few committees taking care of property, finances, and overseeing the wellbeing of the Meeting community.
Over the past few years we have held Local Foods suppers at various times of year. We also host film series and discussions on environmental, social justice and peace issues. For several years we have supported the Kakamega Kenya AIDS Orphan Care Center which was started by and continues to be run by Quakers in Kenya with support from New England Quakers who have formed a support group “Friends of Kakamega”. We give regular donations to the local food pantry and hot meals kitchen and several of our members have been involved in hands-on work in each place. We have taken the Gleaning project of one of our members under our care and look forward to working more with him this year. We support several efforts that are working toward right relationship with Wabanaki Peoples in Maine. We are also active in local interfaith activities through the Winthrop Area Ministerial Association.
Members host potluck suppers, fellowship and conversation the first Friday of the month. This moves among the membership. If you are interested in joining us please contact us.
On a quarterly basis we have a chance to spend the day with other Quakers from Maine and yearly there is a New England gathering for a week.
Winthrop Center Friends Church welcomes LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) people into full fellowship in our religious community.
We have been sharing our building, since November 2011 with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. We each hold services in our own traditions with occasional joint worship. We maintain our own missions but also work together on common concerns.