That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. - 1 John 1:3
Our meetings are held in various locations, generally in Lancaster and Cumberland Counties in Pennsylvania. We meet most weeks in members' homes or in the Lampeter Friends Meetinghouse at 2641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand, PA. We extend a warm welcome to visitors to join us for our Meetings for Worship, our meals, and our fellowship together. We generally share a meal together after worship and linger for an extended time of fellowship. The meal is provided by members of the meeting, and visitors are encouraged to join us. Please see our Calendar page listing meeting times and places.
Our official name is Keystone Fellowship Monthly Meeting. This means that we meet once each month to conduct the business of the meeting. Our monthly meeting is part of Rockingham Quarterly Meeting, a group of monthly meetings that meets quarterly to conduct business relating to the larger group. Rockingham Quarterly Meeting is part of Ohio Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Ohio Yearly Meeting is a conservative yearly meeting tracing its roots to the Wilburite branch of Friends.
We do not have hired ministers or pastors. When it becomes evident to the meeting that God has given one of us a gift such as ministry, oversight, or eldering, we recognize and record that gift as one coming from God. We also appoint a treasurer and a clerk (secretary) to assist with the meeting's business.
In the Society of Friends, membership is recorded at the monthly meeting level. When a person gains membership inwardly in the living Church of Christ, he or she usually feels a need to affiliate with a religious society where one's Christian faith can grow as he or she walks together with brothers and sisters in the Lord. We encourage those who feel led to affiliate with our monthly meeting simply to live as a member, joining with us for our times of worship and fellowship. When it becomes evident that a person has become one with us in faith and in practice, we can record that person as a member of our monthly meeting.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. --Ephesians 4:4-6.