Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Blue Idol Quaker Meeting is changing its manner of worshipping together in community. We will not be meeting in person, but will each hold worship in our own home at the usual time on Sunday mornings (further details here). Our Friday open days are suspended until further notice. The garden and burial ground remain open during daylight hours.

The Blue Idol is a historic Quaker Meeting House in Coolham, West Sussex. Originally dating from around 1580. It became a Meeting House in 1691 and we continue to use it today.

Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at 10.30am, lasting about one hour.

Friends, visitors, those curious or looking for a peaceful space are always welcome.

Children of all ages are always welcome for Meeting for Worship and a children’s meeting is also facilitated every second and fourth Sunday of the month.

After Meeting for Worship we share tea and coffee whilst catching up and getting to know new faces.

The Blue Idol also welcomes visitors on our weekly open days, hosts various community events and is available for hire.

The piece of writing below was read by Harvey Gillman at our Quaker Week event in October 2018 and it feels appropriate to share it here. Not all the references are relevant to Quakerism, but we like the message. It would be impossible to name every person who is welcome, because all are!

“We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, straight, filthy rich, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, broken hearted, or in need of a safe place.

We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like the Rector who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’ve never been to church before – you might get a pleasant surprise.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, balmy Rugby League or even Polo playing dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion, we’ve been there too. If you blew all your money partying or on the gee gees, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, can’t add-up, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!”

~ Adapted from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community (Florida, USA)