The Akron Friends Meeting worships in silence. When you join us, you will find people sitting quietly. Occasionally someone speaks for a moment or two, after which the Meeting settles back into silence. No designated minister speaks or prays at an appointed time.
What happens in the silence? Each person present shares the reponsibility for worship and may share in its blessing. The idea is to open yourself as fully as possible to receive God's messages. Some Friends meditate. Some consider a phrase or an image. Some simply wait expectantly. Some try to relax as fully as possible. Some consider a particular problem they or someone else is currently experiencing. Do whatever works best for you!
If you feel led by God, speak to us. However, direct answers to others' speaking is discouraged. After someone has spoken, wait a few minutes before speaking yourself.
After an hour of worship, a designated member closes the Meeting by shaking hands with another.