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Lots of Happenings at Valley Friends Meeting

Archive work! Lots of new pictures! This year's annual Easter Egg Hunt, plus if you scroll to the bottom of the page, old pictures of Easter 2011, the Hoopes Party of July 2011, Halloween 2010, Christmas 2010, and the Bonner Party of June 2009 all can be found under the Photo's tab above.

March 25, we had a special forum considering items to assist the Friends Committee on National Legislation to form their 2018 focus. You can find their policy statement here. Below are the items we submitted:

  • Work towards reducing the threat to young people posed by military recruitment efforts aimed at their economic and social vulnerabilities.
  • Curtail the preparation for war that includes funding of the military industrial complex that leads to arms proliferation.
  • At the federal level, support a ban on bump stocks and weapons of war, and push for stronger background checks.
  • Push for legislation and policy that protects vulnerable populations and future generations from the harmful effects of climate change.
  • Support increased federal funding and full access to quality public education.

We have sadly learned of the loss of our Friend, Elaine Coate.


Elaine K. Coate, age 90 died peacefully on March 17, 2018 following a heart attack. Born and raised in Philadelphia, daughter of William H. and Cecelia Kessler Katz. Beloved wife of the late James McKenzie Coate and preceded in death by daughter Cecelia "Cissy" Coate. Survived by Cathryn Coate (the late Robert Capanna), James M. Coate, Jr. (Sirlei) and Robert H.D. Coate (Tracy), six grandchildren Stephen (Katie), Mariel, Cecelia, Hazel, Henry and Analuiza, great grandson, Nico and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Graduate of Abington Friends School (1946) and Earlham College (1950), she was executive director of the Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children, Clerk of Valley Monthly Meeting, Founder of the Valley Forge Branch of AAUW, an avid bird watcher, world traveler, poet, civic leader and public advocate for children and youth. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at Valley Friends Meeting, 1121 Old Eagle School Road, Wayne PA on Sunday May 13 at 3:00 PM. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Cape May Bird Observatory 701 E. Lake Dr, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. Funeral arrangements entrusted to The Oliver H. Bair Co. (215) 563-1580


Thanks to everyone who brought in their donations of supplies for St. Mary's Shelter! We are delivering to them this week. Our new drive will begin after discussing their needs with them this week.

Note: The "Documents" page is being re-worked since most of the content is obsolete. If there is something you need to find, you can ask any of us.

Valley Friends Meeting
1121 Old Eagle School Road
Wayne, PA 19087

Clerk: Marc Brier

Email: TheLight@valleymeeting.org

Valley Friends Meeting is a member of Haverford Quarterly Meeting, which is part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and is affiliated with Friends General Conference (FGC).


We invite you to join us.

We worship in the traditional manner of Quakers in this plain, unadorned room. With no prearranged service we settle into silent worship, center our thoughts, and expectantly wait to enter into direct personal communion with God as we experience the power in this gathered group.

Silent prayer and meditation are helpful aids. As we enter into worship we center both mind and body. Recalling a remembered prayer, a meaningful quotation, or a Biblical verse can often lead us to the Divine Spirit. Each of us is seeking God's presence in ourselves and the gathered Meeting. You are invited to join us.

Worship may lead to new discovery or revelation which gives us fresh insight. At times we may be moved to share this gift with other worshipers and speak. As the silence continues we may feel closer to God and one another. At times the entire worship will be silent yet we still are bound together in the Unspoken Word.

The Meeting for Worship is concluded when two people on the facing bench, at the front of the room, shake hands. This gesture of loving communion spreads through the group. Following Meeting for Worship there is an opportunity for visitors to introduce themselves. At this time we share general announcements. We invite you to join with us in Divine Worship. You are welcome to join in our activities and to bring your children to our First Day School.

Last updated: 2018-04-18

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