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What is a Quaker?

We are a diverse group and come to our understanding of issues as we seek divine guidance. We have no formal creeds nor doctrines. Our greatest asset is the "gathered" Meeting. It is in worshiping together that we become one and are energized to go forth showing God's truth on earth in our daily lives.

It may be difficult to be a Quaker as it is a pragmatic faith that depends upon the inner experience. As the inner experience is cultivated, our faith and our daily actions are part of our daily living. Quaker values of simplicity, truth, integrity, peace, equality, unity, silent comtemplation, and respect for one another are part of us.

If we see that of God in every person that we meet and love our neighbors as ourselves, the best of one another shines forth.

Worship at Allen's Neck Friends Meeting

Allen's Neck Friends Meeting has a "semi-programmed" Meeting for Worship every First Day (Sunday) from 9 AM to 10 AM. Like Smith Neck Friends Meeting to our east, we have a paid pastor who leads the worship and gives a prepared message, and hymn-singing with an organ. We also have periods of silent - or "unprogramed" - worship, like Westport Friends Meeting to our west. So we are in the middle, geographically and in our form of worship.

Our Meeting for Worship follows a general order of service. Before 9 AM, we have a short organ prelude. By 9 AM we settle into a short period of unprogrammed worship. Someone reads a passage from the Bible, or our Faith and Practice (our book of discipline). We sing a hymn together, accompanied by the organ. Then the children and their teachers leave the room to go to their class, and the rest of us settle back into the silence. After a while our pastor delivers his prepared message, and leads us in prayer, followed by more silence. At the end of the hour, we have a collection of offering, announcements are made, and visitors are introduced and welcomed. The children and their teachers return to share what they learned in class. We celebrate birthdays by having the children and adults put money into the birthday bank, one penny for each year of their age. Then we sing a closing hymn, ending the worship with handshakes and greetings.

Brief History of Allen’s Neck Meeting


Apponegansett Meeting House in Dartmouth

Our Beginnings

Allen’s Neck Meeting was originally part of Dartmouth Monthly Meeting which met at Apponegansett Meeting House in Dartmouth. In 1758 they felt the need to have their own House of Worship and built their new Meetinghouse on a hill overlooking Buzzard’s Bay about six miles down the road from the Apponegansett Meetinghouse. The new Meetinghouse was finished in 1761.

Allen’s Neck and Smith Neck Meeting still met at Apponegansett once a month for a business meeting. In 1813 Allen’s Neck Meeting was officially designated as the “West Preparative Meeting” by Dartmouth Monthly Meeting. Preparative Meetings hold their own meetings for worship and have limited authority to conduct business. Some preparative meetings will eventually become Monthly Meetings. This was the case with Allen’s Neck when they experienced growth in membership and in 1955 the process began to establish Allen’s Neck as a Monthly Meeting. The process was completed in 1956 when Dartmouth Monthly Meeting approved of Allen’s Neck becoming a Monthly Meeting separate from Dartmouth Monthly Meeting.

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from: "A History of Allen’s Neck Meeting," Mary Sullivan p. 14

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