We welcome visitors of all ages. See our address, Sunday schedule and contact information on the "Find Us" page, and explore our website to find information about our children's program, potlucks, attenders' meetings, retreats and other community events. Si vous voulez des informations en francais, nous demander, s’il vous plait!
Our annual winter weekend retreat will take place on January 30th to February 1st, at Temple Pastures Retreat Centre, not far from Ottawa. The theme this year will be "Right relationship with land and peoples: First Nations, Métis, Inuit and settlers. A weekend of worship, reflection, play, movement and letter-writing---with Jaya Karsemeyer Bone"
The Ottawa Monthly Meeting has a hearing system. The system has been more heavily used in the past, and could be again. If you are a regular, speak with the hearing system committee to arrange to have a headset provided to you each week. If you are a newcomer, please speak with the greeter at the door to make arrangements. And, finally, if you have a wireless receiver for your own hearing aid, feel free to put it on the table in the centre of the room.
With Canada's traditionally close ties to England, it might make sense that Quakers in Canada came directly from England. However, this is not the case. CYM's Organization and Procedure (pg 5) explains that in the first half of the 19th century, U.S.Quakers moved both west and north, and a small fraction of that expansion came into what was, at the time, Upper Canada. O&P states "While earlier attempts at settlement had been made in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and at Farnham in Quebec, these were not lasting. However permanent communities were realised at Adolphustown on the Bay of Quinte and in the Niagara District and before the close of the eighteenth century the first Monthly Meetings of the Society of Friends in Canada were organized in Adolphustown and Pelham."
Web-worthy news seems to be scarcer during the summer, so we'll be starting an Ottawa Monthly Meeting history project. By the end of the summer, we hope to have collected enough odds and ends to prepare a more permanent history summery for this web page.
Are your meetings for church affairs held in loving dependence upon the spirit of God, and are they vigilant in the discharge of their duties? ... Do you individually take your right share in the attendance and service of these meetings so that the burden may not rest upon a few?