Midlothian Friends Meeting History
Midlothian Friends Meeting was established in early 1987 out of Richmond Friends meeting, partially because of over-crowding at the Richmond Friends Meetinghouse. It was comprised of four Quakers who lived on the south side of Richmond city, and eight newly convinced Quakers who lived within the suburban county of Chesterfield. Initially, the small group met for worship once a month in one person's home.
Over the first three months of that first year, the fledgling group continued to worship at the Richmond Friends Meetinghouse. Richmond Friends offered moral support as Midlothian Friends continued the development of a second Quaker group in the greater Richmond area. Soon after that the name of the newly formed group was changed to “Midlothian Indulged Meeting”.
By September of 1988 Midlothian Meeting decided to meet for worship twice a month, prompting the search for a more public location. The old chapel of Winfree Memorial Baptist church in Midlothian was offered to the fledgling Quaker meeting for worship beginning on September 11, 1988. Later the group moved to the Stony Point school in Bon Air for several years.
By early 1990, Midlothian Meeting had grown to include about twenty adults and the same number of children. Over the next five years the meeting continued to grow to about twenty adults and the same number of children, with worship occurring every Sunday beginning in 1994. This led the group to see "Preparative Meeting" status from Richmond Friends Meeting.
Over the next five years the meeting continued to grow to about 50 adults and the same number of children, with worship now occurring every Sunday beginning in 1994.
On February 19th, 1995 Midlothian Friends Meeting became a full-fledged monthly meeting separate but equal to Richmond Friends Meeting.