The Wider Fellowship of Conservative Friends is an outreach effort of Ohio Yearly Meeting, creating a safe space for Friends of like mind, or who are curious about the witness of Conservative Friends.
The Wider Fellowship hosts a General Gathering once every two years, typically during the month of June, in Barnesville, Ohio. Though the Gathering is sponsored by Friends from Ohio Yearly Meeting, we hope that everyone, regardless of their Yearly Meeting affiliation (or lack thereof) will feel welcome to attend. We especially invite our brothers and sisters from Iowa and North Carolina Yearly Meetings (Conservative), with whom we share a long and important history.
General Gathering of Conservative Friends
Sponsored by the Wider Fellowship of Conservative Friends Committee of Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends
Dear Friends and those of like mind, come & join us in a feast with our Lord. Ohio Yearly Meeting, Conservative has planned a weekend gathering to be held Sixth Month 23-25, 2023 in the Stillwater Meeting House at Barnesville, Ohio. The purpose of this gathering is to gather as one mind in Christ, waiting together for His appearance in our hearts, to be obedient to His voice in worship and to encourage each other in Christian fellowship. When Jesus stood on the mountain with some of his followers, they heard his Father say, “This is my beloved Son, hear ye Him.” Does this same utterance apply to us today? Is God the same yesterday today and forever? As we sit together, sincerely giving up all desires of an earthly nature to be filled with Holy desires, it is possible to feel a covering of the kingdom of heaven. Do you recall the scripture in which the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the kingdom of God come?” Jesus answered, “God’s kingdom is coming, but not in a way that you will be able to see with your eyes. People will not say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’, because God’s Kingdom is within you.” Luke 17:20-21
When His followers asked Him how to pray, Jesus responded, “Our Father who art in Heaven, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” “The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them” Romans 8:14
“It is as impossible for the church of Christ to remain such, and to be a living body, without the savor and circulation of the Spirit and life of Christ, as [it is] for a tree to remain green and fruitful without the circulation of sap and nourishment from the root and from the body; or as [it is] for a man to exist in the vigor of life, without the circulation from the heart of that blood which is the life of man.” Letters from John Wilbur to George Crosfield pg114
You are invited to come sup with Him and He with you this coming Sixth Month.
You may join us in person or on Zoom at Stillwater meeting. All times are USA Eastern time. Families with children & teenagers are welcome, and encouraged, to join us. Welcome to all who seek to worship in the Name of Jesus, in the manner of Friends. On the last day of the feast Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink, If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow from that person’s heart, as the Scripture says.” John 7:37-38
Our desire is that we wait together to be fed by Christ. Come with thirst for Him only. It has been our experience that when we come to Him empty of self-centered
desires, we will receive food of a heavenly type that the world knows nothing about.
If you intend to attend in person, complete this reservation and send it to
To get the link to attend online, email Sharon at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agenda for the 2023 General Gathering of Conservative Friends, Sixth Month 23 – 25
- 6/23/23 2 PM Registration on Meetinghouse porch
- 6 PM Supper
- 7:30 PM Opening Worship Followed by introductions Refreshments snd fellowship in
- Meetinghouse kitchen
- 6/24/23 7:30 AM Breakfast
- 9:30 AM Bible Reading
10:30 AM Worship
- 12 Lunch
- 2:00 PM Group Photo
- 2:30 Worship
- 4:00 Light Refreshments and fellowship
- 6:00 Supper
- 7;30 Gather to share concerns, if any have risen: Following this we will settle into Worship
- 6/25/23 7:30 Breakfast
- 9:30 Bible Reading
- 10:30 Worship with Stillwater Friends
- 12:00 Lunch & Farewells
All meals will be in Olney Dining Hall
Bible Reading will be in the Taber Room of Friends Center
All Worship will be in Stillwater Meetinghouse