Oxford & Swindon Area Meeting (and Beyond)

Are your meetings for church affairs held in a spirit of worship and in dependence on the guidance of God? Remember that we do not seek a majority decision nor even consensus. As we wait patiently for divine guidance our experience is that the right way will open and we shall be led into unity.

Advices & Queries no. 14

For most Quakers, the local meeting is their worshipping community. Local meetings are grouped into area meetings; we are part of Oxford & Swindon Area Meeting (OSAM).

About area meetings

The role of the area meeting is to develop and maintain a geographical community of Friends. Area meetings work in slightly different ways from place to place, according to their needs and resources. General responsibilities include:

  • overseeing and supporting local meetings, ensuring each has access to opportunities for fellowship, spiritual development, and spiritual and pastoral care
  • appointing people to positions of responsibility
  • conducting Quaker marriages, recording deaths, employing staff, owning property and managing finances

All area meetings are charities as well as worshipping communities.

About OSAM

OSAM comprises the following local meetings:

Note that Witney Friends are currently not holding formal meetings for worship or undertaking the normal responsibilities of a local meeting.

OSAM normally meets on alternate (odd-numbered) months on the Saturday following the first Sunday of the month. Member meetings take it in turns to act as host. The morning is taken up with area business, and the afternoon is for spiritual nurture: for example, an invited talk or activity session.

Local meetings beyond OSAM

Oxford lies on the eastern boundary of OSAM. Here is a list of local meetings within 30 miles of Oxford that belong to other area meetings:

To find a meeting further afield, visit Find a Quaker meeting on the Quakers in Britain website.

Further information about Quaker organisation

Parts of the text on this page have been adapted from these sources.