First Day School
Prior to COVID our children’s religious education was as outlined below. We suspended all children’s programming during COVID and have only recently returned to having a twice monthly First Day School for upper elementary and high school age attenders. Please contact the Education Committee Clerk.
Childcare (infants – kindergarten age)
For children not yet ready for a structured classroom environment
Supervised by one or more adult volunteers and one or more teenage helpers
Activities include story time, drawing, playing with toys, brief circle time
Occasional introduction to religious themes via songs and stories
Focused on building friendships and a loving community with other children and adult/teen caregivers.
First Day School (elementary-school age)
Grade-school-aged and older are welcome
Instruction in basic Quaker values and theology by a dedicated teacher and one or more adult volunteers
Welcoming space for kids to develop and explore their own spirituality, while learning about traditions and values from Quakerism’s Judeo-Christian history and those of other faith traditions
Activities include group discussion, writing/drawing on a given theme, art projects, community involvement.
During the summer, the children’s programs are merged into a single supervised free-play time.
Central Friends (5th–8th grade)
Learn about and engage in Quaker worship and process: worship sharing, clearness processes, business meetings, fun activities.
Above photo credit: Adrienne Pasta
Junior Friends (high-school age)
Meet once a month with peers from other Meetings in our area for discussion, service, fun.