Bucks County Quakers have heeded the advice of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to “be socially distanced but spiritually connected,” by moving seamlessly from in-person to virtual worship services on Sunday mornings.
Bucks Quarterly Meeting of Friends is composed of over 1400 Quakers who belong to 14 “meetings” in the Bucks County area, some located as far away as the Lehigh Valley and Quakertown, NJ.
All of the meetings have heeded Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s order to maintain physical distancing and no longer have in-person Sunday services, but have not become socially distant – virtual meetings on Sunday mornings are now the norm.
“Some of our smaller meetings are not able to gather virtually,” reported Wendy Kane, Coordinator for Bucks Quarter, “but they can join other meetings who are. In some ways it has brought us closer together as a community, because people who have moved out of state, or even out of the country, have an opportunity to worship with their home meeting again.” Many meetings are discussing the possibility of continuing to use virtual worship in addition to their regular services.
Since the ban on large gatherings will be in place for the foreseeable future, meetings are adapting and are moving many of their social activities online.
People are staying connected through Zoom, participating in virtual game nights, potluck suppers, and even on-line Saturday morning yoga classes that they can do in real time or access later at their convenience.
While Friends will rejoice to once again meet in person sometime in the future, we will not have missed each other so much, because we have continued to gather virtually.
PHOTO CAP: Newtown Meeting Friends on a Zoom meeting.