Who Are We?

The Sparta 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 Sparta Friends Meetings for Worship are unprogrammed, 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 1865 and is surrounded by peaceful scenery.  This area in the town of Sparta is generally considered a historical site and draws many visitors throughout the year.

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)