welcome to hill house
Everyone is equal and welcome to our meetings without judgment. There is no need to bring money, to dress in a particular way, or fulfill any other traditions.
Just be yourself and come as you are.
A Social Gospel
Quakers try to make this a better world, and so we concern ourselves with human rights, social justice, peace, freedom, community, and protecting the environment.
A Small Service
Quaker meetings are small and personal. Like Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).
We believe that shared silence should be a part of worship: it creates a space for people to separate themselves from the pressures and events of daily life, to get closer to God, and to each other.
Living what we believe
We do not believe in traditions and rituals. Instead, we build our faith on our individual experiences of God and spirituality.
We believe that the light of God is in every single person. Anyone who lets their life be guided by that light will achieve a full, direct, and personal relationship with God, without involving a priest or minister.
We also share some basic principles that have evolved over the years. We call them 'testimonies' of SIMPLICITY, TRUTH, EQUALITY and PEACE (STEP). They encourage and guide us to work locally and internationally for social justice, to support peacemakers, and to care for the environment. It’s not always easy to live this way, but as Quakers we try to help, support and encourage each other to keep trying.
Quakers try to live simply and to find space for the things that really matter: not money and material objects, but rather the people around us, the environment, and our experience of God.
Quakers try to live according to the deepest truth we know, which we believe comes from God. This means speaking the truth to all, including people in positions of power. As we are guided by integrity, so we expect to see it in public life.
Quakers believe everyone is equal. This means working against unfair systems and towards things that bring people together. It also means believing in marriage equality and working with people who suffer injustice, such as prisoners and asylum seekers.
Quakers believe that love is at the centre of existence and all humans are equal in God’s eyes. It has led us to refuse to join the military. Instead we do practical work in areas affected by war, conflict and violence at all levels – from personal to international.
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News & Updates
At the end of 2017, Hill House launched a GoFundMe to raise £4,450 to renovate our 85-year-old pavilion. Just over a year later, we are happy to report that – through the kind help of Friends from all over the world – we were able to raise £3,692, which has enabled us to complete much Read more about Update on Renovating Hill House[…]