We are a small Quaker worship community in the metro area of Minneapolis-St Paul in Minnesota. You are most welcome to look over this website to learn more about us. We hope you’ll be able to join us in our worship in the future.
UPDATE for 2018: We normally worship twice a month, generally on the 2nd and 4th First Days (Sundays), gathering at 1:30 pm. Please plan to be with us for at least 90 minutes so we might have some fellowship after worship; we usually wrap up entirely by 3:30. For a schedule of upcoming meetings for worship (updated 2-3 times a year) see our Timely News page.
WORSHIP TIME: We generally worship on the 2nd Sunday and the 4th Sunday of the month (2nd and 4th First Days) at this time because of our size. When we have open waiting worship, intergenerational worship, and Meeting for Worship with attention to Business, we may start earlier. Most First Days (Sundays), please plan to be with us until 3:30 so we might have some fellowship after the hour-long worship closes. On those days when we have Meeting for Worship with attention to Business, we generally meet for 2 hours.
From time to time we have an intergenerational worship where all the adults and youth are together. Our next scheduled intergenerational worship (for adults and children together) is not yet scheduled, but often our regular worship time is shortened by agreement when younger members are with us.
Sometimes we also have meeting for worship combined with focused sessions on various topics, such as our state of society report (an annual report to the Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative). Three times a year, we plan on having a worship session that addresses the business of Laughing Waters Friends. Usually these Meetings for Worship with Attention to Business are held on days not scheduled for regular meeting for worship. In any case, all are welcome to join us for any of these sessions. Though we are engaged in ongoing business that may not be immediately familiar, all our work is intended to be carried out in the spirit of worshipful attention to what is at hand, and we welcome all to join us in that work.
For last minute changes in time or location of worship, such as in the case of bad weather, we do our best to update the Timely News page.
On the second Sunday (aka First Day) of the month, we generally meet for worship at the farm home of one of our member families, in Dundas, MN, about an hour south of Minneapolis. The address is 12456 Bagley Ave, Dundas, MN 55019.
On the fourth Sunday (First Day) of the month, we generally hold worship at Saint James Episcopal Church on Minnehaha Parkway and 33rd Ave. in Minneapolis. The exact address is 3225 E Minnehaha Pkwy; parking is on the street. Use the entrance facing Minnehaha on the right end; it should be unlocked. NOTE: this is a different location within the church and a different entrance than we have used in previous years.
During school vacations, we sometimes worship at the Nat and Ingrid Case’s house in Minneapolis.
Both home locations have dogs and cats. To confirm that we are holding worship or another gathering, or if you have questions about attending, please send an email to (laughingwatersfriends AT gmail DOT com).
FIRST DAY SCHOOL (Religious Education) for children; CHILDCARE: We have an experienced paid adult who has been trained in youth ministry and in the Bible-based Godly Play curriculum that we often use for First Day School. We also provide childcare for the youngest children among us. For more information, and to be put in contact with someone from the First Day School Committee, please email us (laughingwatersfriends AT gmail DOT com). PLEASE NOTE: this child care program is on hiatus while we figure out how the needs of our youth can best be met. If you have particular concerns or needs, please be in touch with us.
AFFILIATION: Laughing Waters Friends is formally affiliated with Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) as a preparative meeting. The use of the word “Conservative” among Friends has nothing to do with political views or social issues. If you have questions about what this means, please contact us or speak to us on a First Day (Sunday). You can email us (laughingwaters.friends AT gmail DOT com) to get more information.
Click on the link for Timely News for details and to learn about any upcoming changes to our schedule.
Last updated: 9 Fifth Month 2018 nat