Coldstream Friends Meeting House

Coldstream Friends Meeting House

Join us for our Meeting for Worship
Sundays, from 10:30-11:30am

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The Coldstream Friends Meeting is part of the larger Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Together with other autonomous Meetings from across Canada we are affiliated with the Canadian Yearly Meeting and also interact with the Friends United Meeting of the USA. Our Coldstream Friends Meetings for Worship are un-programmed, meaning that we gather together in silence without the leadership of a pastor or priest. We are our own clergy and all members or attenders contribute with whatever spiritual or other gifts they have.
Our Meeting House was built in 1859 and is surrounded by peaceful scenery. The two acres of grounds that go with the Meeting House has a modestly small cemetery in the back. This area in the town of Coldstream is generally considered a historical site and draws many visitors throughout the year.

Coldstream Friends Cemetery

Coldstream Friends cemetery

People often learn about the core of Quakers beliefs and practices through their own spiritual studies. To facilitate this study, books on Quaker beliefs, history, and concerns can be borrowed from our lending library in the Meeting House.We also have frequent informal and often lively! – discussion sessions after silent worship.

What we have in common with all traditionally Quaker groups and Meetings can be comprised in the following short summary:

  • There is something sacred in all people
  • All people are equal before God
  • Religion is about the whole of life
  • We meet in stillness to discover a deeper sense of God’s presence
  • True religion leads to respect for the earth and all life upon it
  • Each person is unique, precious, a child of God
“Deep within us all there is an amazing sanctuary of the soul, a holy place,
a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return.
Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming
us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home to Itself
From A Testament of Devotion, a Quaker classic,
by Thomas R. Kelly (1893 – 1941)
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We recognize that Coldstream Friends Meetinghouse is located in the traditional territory of the Anishnabe, Haudeneausaune, Lenaape and Attowandoran people, all of whom have a longstanding relationship with this land. The Indigenous Nations of our area include the Chippewa, the Munsee Delaware and the Oneida. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation we commit to our relationship with each other and with this land.

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