Brighouse West Yorkshire Quakers

Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield, Scholes

Welcome to Brighouse West Yorkshire Area Quaker Meeting. Quakers share a way of life and discover our unity in worshipping together. We are known best for our commitment to peace, simplicity, equality and truth. 

About Brighouse West Yorkshire Area Quaker Meeting

Brighouse West Yorkshire Area Meeting comprises five Local Meetings at Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield and Scholes in West Yorkshire. It is one of 70 such Area Meetings of Quakers in Britain, and one of 7 comprising Quakers in Yorkshire.

We have no hierarchy and none of us has any status above another. The Area Meeting has about 250 Friends (as Quakers often call themselves). They are either members who have formally joined or are regular attenders at our Local Meetings for Worship. In addition, there are many more who come along less frequently, or on just a few occasions. Our Meetings are open to all and everyone is welcome.

The Area Meeting and its trustees work to support the affairs of the Society and to support Local Meetings. Our five local meetings vary in size - the smallest may have fewer than 10 attending the Sunday Meeting for Worship, and the largest may have over 30. Friends often attend the Meeting nearest to where they live, but others choose a different Meeting where they feel more at home. All Local Meetings, whatever their size, share the same way of worship.

Worship is at the heart of what it means to be a Quaker. Meeting for worship brings Quakers together in silence so we can still our minds and open our hearts and lives to God. Everyone is welcome to join us.

“The Area Meeting is the primary meeting for church affairs in Britain Yearly Meeting. Its role is to develop and maintain a community of Friends, a family of local meetings who gather for worship and spiritual enrichment. It should provide that balance between worship, mutual support, administration, learning, deliberation and social life which can make its meetings enjoyable occasions and build up the spiritual life of its members.”

Quaker Faith & Practice 4.02