Individuals who regularly attend Quaker meetings are known as attenders. Regular attenders may come to feel that the time is right for them to join The Religious Society of Friends in Britain (Quakers). Members might be referred to as 'Friends'.


Coming into membership is a two-sided process involving the individual on their spiritual journey and a whole community of faith. The individual may be represented or supported by a parent, guardian or advocate. It is a process of discernment...

- Qf&p 11.05


Quakers become members of the area meeting that the local meeting that they attend is part of. Members and attenders are encouraged to play a part in Quaker activities – contributing time, energy, skills and money. They may also be asked to actively participate by taking on a particular role or joining a local or national committee.

Details of how one might become a member of the Religious Society of Friends can be found in chapter 11 (Qf&p). The process might vary between area meetings but area meeting clerks' will be able to advise how to apply.

Find on this page specific resources that relate to membership that are not available within Quaker faith & practice or from other sources.

Certificates for transfer of membership and acceptance

Please inform the Database Team in Quaker Communications and Services of any membership transfers or changes by emailing:

Changes to membership procedures

In May 2006 Britain Yearly Meeting accepted the report of the Quaker Life Membership Procedures Group. Its minute (23) explains the process for membership acquisition which is now based on significant criteria, rather than the process of application. This gives monthly meetings flexibility in determining their own process within these criteria.

Find out more

The following four documents will be of interest to those wishing to know more about this:

Adapting area meeting procedures

Quaker Life receives some information from area meetings on how they are adapting their procedures in the light of the report and Yearly Meeting decision.

Copies of these can be obtained from:

Helen Griffith
Recording Clerk's Office
Friends House
173-177 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ

Tel: 020 7663 1161

However, area meetings do not automatically send their adopted or changed procedures to Friends House, so contacting other area meetings direct (perhaps the ones named in the sharing experience document) might produce best results.

Contact us

Michael Booth
Church Government Adviser
020 7663 1023