A Retreat and Conference Center for the Exploration of
Christian Unprogrammed Quakerism
and its Meaning Today

Friends Center


Ohio Yearly Meeting


  Adjacent to Stillwater Meetinghouse
near Barnesville, Ohio

For information

contact Ken Jacobsen at
3000 N. Shore Drive, Delavan WI 53115
(262) 278-6048.

Scheduled Events at the Friends Center

 in 2021-2022

Registration and Costs 


Gathering with Christ, Experiencing the New Creation
An In-Person and Online Retreat at Friends Center

October 1-3, 2021

Facilitated by Diane Reynolds and Constance Bair-Thompson

How do we offer hospitality and welcome to those who are finding us and our Meetings across the miles in this age of Zoom? How do we grow together as a worshiping community? In this in-person and online gathering, Ohio Yearly Meeting Friends will join with others in Quaker circles and beyond to explore what unites us, as seekers and sharers of the new creation that Christ has promised us.  Here is the story so far: (Read it that way.)

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making everything new.” 1 So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. 2 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything, but a new creation is everything. 3 In other words, neither following nor disregarding law-based practices is anything, but living in a new creation is everything. In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting our trespasses against us, and entrusting to us the message of our reconciliation to God through Christ. 4  We each have our story – perhaps a story both of encounters with the new creation and of our longing for it.

What are we experiencing now that feels like this new creation?  How does our past help us live in Christ’s new creation, individually and as a community? How does our past
hinder us? How do we share our experience of the new creation with each other, in person and at a distance (online and otherwise)? How do we care for each other? How do we welcome fellow seekers into the fabric of our community?

Through worship, journaling and our own experiences, past and present, we will explore Christ’s promise to us, individually and as communities of faith: “Behold, I make all things new.”
1. Revelation 21:5 2. 2 nd Corinthians 5:17 3. Galations 6:15 4. 2 nd Corinthians 5: 18-19


Where is the Kingdom of Heaven, the Reign of Love?
A Retreat with Jesus and His Teachings at Friends Center, Barnesville

November 12-14, 2021
Facilitated by Ken Jacobsen

At the heart of Jesus’ Gospel message is the promise of the “kingdom of Heaven”, the reign of Love, a time when we humankind live in compassion, peace and justice with one another and with creation.  Where is this reign of Love to be found? Has it arrived? What is our part in it? This retreat is an opportunity to gather with Jesus and his teachings as we explore these queries in worship and Scripture, in journaling and prayer, and within our personal and collective experience.


“Four Doors to Meeting for Worship”

March 11-13, 2022
Facilitated by David Male

How does waiting worship give life to us and to our Quaker Meetings? In this weekend we will draw on Bill Taber’s much-read Pendle Hill pamphlet, Four Doors to Meeting for Worship, with its rich description of our personal and corporate experience of meeting for worship. In a Friends understanding, \responsibility for ministry, for sharing messages from God, falls not to previously designated preachers but to all of us gathered in Meeting. Four Doors is an excellent introduction to the ways we can build worshipful lives through the Door Before, the Door Inward, the Door Within, and the Door Outward.  During our time this weekend, in united worship and in prayerful conversation, we hope to experience together how, through these four doors, the Spirit of Christ invites all of us to partake of that stream of Living Water from which all our vocal ministry and other service flow.


The Garden of Prayer
April 29-May 1, 2022

Facilitated by Susan Smith with members of the Friends Center Committee What do we mean by “prayer”? How do we pray? What is the “power of prayer” – in the context of OYM’s lived faith and from the perspective of our wider culture? During this weekend we will look at the rich experience of one ongoing prayer group within one OYM Friends meeting, a group that offers a model for deepening both prayer and spiritual friendship. Most of our sessions will begin with one of several OYM members sharing with us all about their experience of prayer, thus opening opportunities for participants’ questions, reflections, and being gathered into prayer as a body through Christ’s loving Spirit.

–updated 9/1/21