Grass Valley Friends Meeting

Grass Valley Friends Meeting

Grass Valley Friends Meeting gathers on the beautiful campus of Sierra Friends Center on First Day mornings.  Our meetinghouse is a simple converted barn, where padded wooden benches circle beneath a vaulted ceiling.  Together we sit in expectant waiting, listening for the "still small voice" within.  

Please join us!

Sunday morning (First Day)

9 am:  Singing

10 am:  Meeting for Worship

11 am:  Social time

Noon:  Varied Programs

Children's Program

Children join us for the first 10 minutes of Meeting.

Program:  10:10 am - 11 am 

Sierra Friends Center office


13075 Woolman Lane

Nevada City, CA 95959

(530) 273-2094: Dean Olson, clerk

(530) 273-3183: Sierra Friends Center


Directions from Grass Valley:

In Grass Valley, take exit 182A- marked Highway 174/Colfax.
At the bottom of the exit, turn left onto S. Auburn St. and go 1/5th of a mile.
Turn left onto West Main St. and continue for 2.7 miles. (After about 1/2 mile, West Main becomes Rough and Ready Highway.)
Turn right onto Bitney Springs Rd. and drive for 1.5 miles.
Turn right onto Newtown Road and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
Turn left onto Jones Bar Rd. and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
Turn right onto Woolman Lane and drive 8/10ths of a mile. Please Note: The speed limit on Woolman Lane is 10 m.p.h. There is a large "Sierra Friends Center" sign at the corner of Jones Bar and Woolman Lane. Woolman Lane ends at the Sierra Friends Center campus.

Directions from Nevada City:

Take Hwy 49 N from the junction of 20 and 49, in Nevada City, and continue for 2.3 miles.
At The Willo Bar and Restaurant, turn left onto Newtown Rd, and continue for 3 miles. Newtown Rd. is a narrow and winding road that will seem longer than 3 miles.
Turn right on Jones Bar Rd and drive for 7/10ths of a mile. Shortly before Jones Bar Road there is a white and green house with John Deere on a street sign.
Turn right onto Woolman Lane and drive for 8/10ths of a mile. There is a large "Sierra Friends Center" sign at the corner of Jones Bar and Woolman Lane. Woolman Lane ends at the Sierra Friends Center campus.
Please note: The speed limit on Woolman Lane is 10 m.p.h. 


About The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

The religious practices of Friends are founded in direct communion with God and the conviction that the Divine Light is accessible to each person; yet it is one Light, one Truth. We wait with hearts and minds open to the Divine so that Truth will be made known among us.

Our corporate search for God’s word is the heart of the Quaker Meeting for Worship. We believe that God, the Light, the Truth, is part of our being.We say, “there is that of God in everyone.” Truth is continually revealed to us, often through a gathered mystical experience.We learn to recognize the truth by experience.

We work to develop a relationship between the individual and the corporate body that allows inspiration and leadings to be tested within the Meeting. In this unity, Friends find order and peace in reconciling individual inspiration and corporate wisdom, enabling us to choose right courses of action.

As God is revealed to us individually and corporately, we are guided in the right ordering of our lives. All Friends practices flow from this faith in the revealed truth: our care for each other, our governing structures and processes, our testimonies and witness to the whole world.

Through the personal experience of each seeker comes the Light necessary for their guidance. Vocal ministry in a Friends Meeting emerges from the direct relationship between the individual and the Divine. Truth is tested, not by the degree to which it conforms to dogma, but by its power to transform our lives and the lives of others.

“Not by strength of arguments or by a particular disquisition of each doctrine and convincement of my understanding thereby, came I to receive and bear witness of the Truth, but by being secretly reached by the Life. For when I came into the silent assemblies of God’s people, I felt a secret power among them which touched my heart; and as I gave way unto it I found the evil weakening in me and the good raised up and so I became thus knit and united unto them, hungering more and more after the increase of this power and life, whereby I might feel myself perfectly redeemed.” ~ Robert Barclay, Apology, 1676, 11: 7

— from the Introduction to the Faith and Practice of Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends