High Point Friends Meeting is a Christ-centered Quaker faith community located near downtown High Point, North Carolina at 800 Quaker Lane. High Point Friends was formally organized as a Monthly Meeting on January 7, 1892, in Deep River Quarter, North Carolina Yearly Meeting. High Point Friends met for worship and business in the Meeting House of North Carolina Yearly Meeting located on Lindsay Street in an area known as Quaker Woods near the intersection with Church Street. In 1903, High Point Friends constructed their own Meeting House at the corner of South Main Street and West Commerce Street. Present for the dedication of the gray granite Meeting House were Allen Jay and Rufus Jones. This was the home for High Point Friends until June 24, 1956, when they held their first worship service in what now serves as the present Meeting House located at 800 Quaker Lane. Elton Trueblood was the speaker at the dedication service for the new Meeting House in October 1956.
High Point Friends Meeting is an independent Quaker community with strong connections to Friends United Meeting (FUM) and the larger Quaker community. It is a programmed Friends meeting that is committed to the living Quaker tradition and its emphasis on everyone having a direct relationship with the Living Christ. Through our relationship with Christ, we experience an inward transformation that turns our lives into living testimonies of Truth. Through our daily living, we seek to practice simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and service.
As Quakers, we believe in continuing revelation and that God is continually revealing God’s purposes and intentions for our lives. At present, this serves as a simple guiding statement for our understanding of vision and mission:
As a Christ-centered Quaker faith community, High Point Friends Meeting seeks to be formed by God’s love and Spirit so we can make God’s love real as we live in community with each other and in service to our neighborhood, community, and the larger world.
At present, Scott Wagoner serves as the Senior Pastor. He started at High Point Friends Meeting on August 1, 2021 and has served in Quaker pastoral ministry for over 37 years. He is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and received his M.Div. from the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. Along with his pastoral duties, he is also a Certified Coach and offers coaching for individuals in the areas of leadership, personal growth/development, and spiritual formation as well as Congregational Coaching. He has also received certification from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation to lead Contemplative Groups and Retreats. He is married to Lynda. Their son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Katie, live in Calgary, Canada. Their daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Avery, and their granddaughter, Maisie, live in Los Angeles, California.
- 9 a.m. – Unprogrammed Worship in the manner of Friends in the Haworth Chapel
- 10 a.m. – Programmed Worship in the Worship Room
- 11 a.m. – Faith & Learning Hour
A SHORT HISTORY OF FRIENDS
Emerging within a wider Christian renewal movement in the 1600’s, the first generation of Quakers were among many spiritual seekers yearning to be part of a fresh work of God. In an era when too much of England’s institutionalized Church was corrupt, controlled by the State, and conformed to the image of the world, many earnest women and men were hungering and thirsting to experience the Kingdom of God realized in their time and place.
Within this collection of seekers, a small band of individuals came together around a life-changing, inward encounter with Christ. Rather than only knowing Jesus as a character in the Bible, as an example to follow, or a memory to revere, the first Quakers were awakened to the reality that Christ is, indeed, risen and living. For those willing to listen individually and collectively, Christ was able and willing to teach them, guide them, lead them, and empower them to continue His work in the world.
This discovery caused Friends to understand themselves as participants in God’s work to restore “original Christianity. “This discovery turned lives—and, for a period of time, the country itself—upside down. Through the leadership of Friends like George Fox, Margaret Fell, and many others, clusters of Quaker communities formed rapidly. Itinerant preachers (both women and men) began crisscrossing the British countryside and the British colonies to share their discovery with other seekers. Turning people’s attention to the Living Christ, who was waiting to speak to the particular condition of individuals and to the needs of communities and society at large, great numbers of people were converted.
As the movement continued to grow, several important discoveries about the nature of the spiritual experience began to shape and transform the Quaker vision of what it means to be faithful. These experiences, while they may be expressed differently because of changes in history and cultural context, remain central to our individual and shared faith journey as the Friends of Jesus.
(Used from the Friends United Meeting website)
CORE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES
Christ has come to teach His people Himself
As the Risen Lord, Christ continues to call, lead and teach those who are open to following Him. Through inward revelation and instruction, God offers the necessary guidance, insight and empowerment to discern and mind the Divine Will. Since the Light of Christ has been given to all people (John 1:9), access to God’s grace and truth are universally available. As we turn to Christ in faith, the Presence of the Holy Spirit enables and empowers us to know the Truth and discern God’s will both individually and corporately. This means we can be led beyond the limitations of majority rule to unity in matters of conscience. In addition, the indwelling Presence of God reveals any darkness that is within us and will turn us in increasing measure toward the Light of Christ.
We are called and enabled to do the will of God
Not only are we enabled to know God and God’s will, but we are also empowered by that same Presence to carry it out faithfully, even to “perfection.” The spiritual life is a life of transformation if it is, indeed, authentic. The fruit of this transformation becomes evident in both matters of personal and social holiness, as our lives are re-ordered and re-shaped by our life in Christ. Believing that Christ is truly risen and Lord of all, there is a palpable sense that God’s will is able to be done on earth just as it is in heaven. As ones whose eyes are open to the reality of God’s reign, we have an opportunity to embody and encourage the peaceable kingdom in every sphere of life.
The Scriptures are a reliable guide and must be interpreted by the Holy Spirit within the community of God
As the written word of God, the Bible points us in the way we should go and is crucial for our understand of who we are as God’s people and how we are to live. We recognize our dependence upon the Spirit of Christ to rightly interpret scripture for ourselves and our fellowship.
We are called to peace and peacemaking
Some of the clearest teaching in the Bible and the ongoing witness of the Spirit continually presses us to “love one another.” In addition, we are commanded to “forgive one another, as we have been forgiven.” We are called to be “ministers of reconciliation.” In our lives as peacemakers, we will be known as “the children of God.” As Friends, we intentionally seek to reduce the causes and sources of violence, to pursue non-violent resolutions to conflicts and to actively seek peace with justice in all human relationships.
We are called to simplicity
Many, many things can become a distraction to a life of faithfulness. Otherwise, harmless, and even good things can claim ownership over our lives. If care is not given—power, people, possessions, money, etc.—can control us like a god. As ones who hear the call to “seek first the kingdom of God” we look to order our lives in a way in which we are set free to passionately pursue the way of Christ.
We have a sacramental view of life
Though Friends are sometimes known for not practicing religious rituals, our authentic focus is recognizing the ways in which God’s grace, holiness, and presence can be revealed in the very ordinary and moment to moment details of life.
The Light of Christ is within each of us
Sometimes, Quakers say “there is that of God in each person.” By recognizing every human being as God’s good creation and bearing some aspect of God’s image, the awareness of God in others helps shape and direct the way we see ourselves and treat others. If I seek to experience God most fully and personally, I need only to turn inward to seek that Presence and Power. In understanding who I am to become and how I am to live, I find the indwelling Christ is able to animate and empower me. In learning to treat others with love, justice, and compassion, I have only to recognize and respond to the good Presence of God within them.
We are called to community
As members of Christ’s Body, we have responsibilities to one another and are mutually accountable to each other under the leadership of Christ. We are called into a fellowship—a common life where sharing, forgiveness and sacrifice mark our character and actions. As a people gathered into the life of Jesus, we serve as a sign to the world that all things are being reconciled through Christ. Friends seek to extend this same grace to others—especially those who are otherwise excluded.
We are called to ministry
“Ministry” is the service we offer God for the sake of others. Through grace and gifts God makes available to all of us, we share in the work and witness of ministry. Though we have distinct gifts and different callings, the Holy Spirit binds us together and helps us function as equal members of the Body—with no distinct or priority based on age, culture economic status, particular role or gender.
We are called to equality
In a world where people are consistently separated and divided by class, culture, gender, education, race, etc.—Quakers stand in opposition. Each of us, as individuals created in God’s image and bearing a Divine spark waiting to ignite in brilliant faith, is of ultimate worth. In our life together and in our social interactions, we look for ways to foster equity, justice, non-discrimination.
We are called to integrity
This is a call, not only to speak the truth in all situations, but to be honest and authentic in all dealings with others. Similarly, it reminds us that there must be consistency between the religious convictions we profess and the life we possess. As people committed to the Truth, we avoid making oaths and seek to practice plain and honest speech.