Around 20 to 30 people come to Bedminster Quaker Meeting each Sunday morning. Our bright meeting room overlooks a large garden which has lawn, shrubs, trees and birds. We welcome visitors and hope they’ll stay on afterwards for tea or coffee.
Our meetings together are simple – we sit in a room with others and settle into silence. Sometimes someone may feel inspired to stand and speak briefly. We find this way of worship draws us together and may bring us closer to a power beyond ourselves.
Children and parents or carers are welcome. On second and fourth Sundays there’s a children’s learning session on a topic prepared in advance. On other Sundays, children begin worship in the main hall then separate for their own activities. When a child is at the meeting, their responsible adult must stay on the premises.
On second Sundays we bring food for a sharing lunch.
Address: Wedmore Vale, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 5HX
Getting here: Bedminster Meeting House is in the south of the city, on the east side of Wedmore Vale, near the junction with Marksbury Road.
There is space for parking cars in the Meeting House forecourt and in Wedmore Vale.
By bus, take the number 90 to Wedmore Vale.
The history of the meeting
Towards the end of the 19th century, Redland Quakers set up an Adult School in Princess Street, Bedminster, to provide education (with a strong religious base) for the people of what was then a very deprived area. Gradually, a new Quaker Meeting emerged and was recognised. When the area was redeveloped in the early 1950s, a new Meeting House was built in Wedmore Vale.
Nowadays, Bedminster Meeting serves people to the south and east of the city. Many people from the meeting engage in work for peace and justice and support organisations that help vulnerable people locally and further afield. We promote fair trade and support environmental awareness and sustainable living.