Gettysburg Monthly Meeting continues to be one of the smallest monthly meetings in Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Friends come from three different counties in Maryland and one county in Pennsylvania.
Our Meeting for Worship provides a place to recover from the stresses of the week. There is a sense of communion here that is very meaningful to all of us. We hold one another up and our worship often feels like a family coming together. The queries from the revised Faith and Practice are read during Meeting for Worship and have given us additional insight and spiritual nourishment.
The small size of our Meeting enables us to act as a committee of the whole in all matters. This results in a greater sense of community. We listen, and are heard, and speak together.
Our one family with children visits once a month and misses everyone when they attend another Meeting so their three children can experience first day school. Another member is teaching English in Bahrain and his monthly letters touch on the spiritual reach of our Meeting’s Light.
We try to make ourselves visible in the wider community by taking part and contributing to various activities and organizations in Gettysburg. Each of us contributes to the testimony for Peace and Social Concerns in our own way. We wish we could do more.
We continue to be concerned about our small number of Friends and Attenders and yearn for the time when our meeting will grow.
We have been blessed with visitors throughout the year, and our Light continues to shine.