UPDATE: Regular worship is suspended but there may be occasional gatherings for worship, fellowship, and tasks related to work we have agreed to take up (e.g. responsibilities to Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative). At this time, we also have suspended holding regular meetings for worship with attention to business.
Laughing Waters Worship Group meets to wait on God in the manner of Friends (Quakers). Our time together usually begins with hellos, hugs, and brief check-ins. The children stay with us for a short time at the beginning—it is important to us to share some worship with the children. The children leave and we continue in the silence, praying, listening for God, and listening for God in each other.
A designated person closes Meeting for Worship with a handshake, and we shake hands with those next to us.
After the close of Worship, the group continues to sit in silence for a bit longer. We make space for each person, if they choose, to share a little about their experience in Worship that day. We often find that we had common experiences. After this sharing, we continue with announcements, snacks, and further conversation. The children return during this time, and they sometimes share their experiences as well.
<small>Last updated: 5 Eleventh Month 2014 by liz