Rooted in history, the Friends forge ahead | Religion

The Religious Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) arrived in Adams County in the 1740s. In 1748 a preparatory meeting was established at Friends Grove, east of Biglerville, in what was then part of the Township of Menallen.

As growth continued, Menallen became an independent monthly assembly in 1780. In 1848, the log meeting house at Friends Grove was moved to the current site of Menallen Monthly Assembly, three miles north of north of Biglerville.

This site is located between the properties of the Tyson and Griest families. In 1884, the current brick meeting house was built to replace the log structure. We do not know when the shed was built; if anyone has any ideas or pics, please let me know.

While last year at Menallen Meeting was affected by COVID just as much as the year before, Menallen members looked to the future and stepped out. We met for Sunday worship near our Peace Pole Garden during the summer and fall.

The friends continued to stay outdoors and spent many working days trimming trees, mulching, planting plants and bulbs, clearing brush and underbrush in our woods and around the walls. of our cemetery, to cut trees if necessary. Two of these saws and pruners are professional landscapers, so they guided novices through the process. Worn entrance panels have been replaced with new ones. The floor of the porch and its bases have also been replaced.

In July we hosted the meeting of the Blackburn Association, which takes place every 10 years. The Blackburn family (originally from County Armagh, Northern Ireland) were part of Menallen Meeting from the 1740s until they moved further west, possibly to County Bedford on their way, as there is a Blackburn road near Bedford Friends Meeting.

If you’d like to know if you’re a member of this great group of descendants, check out or contact Kevin Howley, [email protected], who heads up the organization and would graciously take a look. to your family tree.

Menallen held a spiritual formation group session the first Sunday of each month at noon; the first was on our porch in the sun in October with friends recounting their spiritual journey.

We look forward to meeting the challenges of the new year with grace and love.

Menallen Meeting has a worship meeting every Sunday (first day, in terms of friends) at 10:30 a.m. at Menallen Meeting, 1107 Carlisle Pike, Biglerville, PA 17307. The spiritual formation group meets at noon on the first Sunday of each month . Bring your own snacks. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business meets on the second Sunday at 12:00 p.m., with a potluck afterwards. Menallen Meeting maintains a website, Judy Pyle is the Clerk of Menallen Meeting. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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