Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Bridging the First Day School Absentee Gap

Children

A growing tension exists between our Quaker families and our culture of busyness and ‘round the clock scheduling. Caught between school sports and all of other choices that now exist on Sunday mornings, Quaker families often don’t prioritize meeting attendance. Needless to say, this is very discouraging for First Day School teachers who have worked hard to prepare a lesson. Irregular attendance also inhibits the formation of friendships among class members and the development of a sense of community. The more creative we can be as First Day School teachers about maintaining a connection with our families, the more successful we’ll be in our work to raise up the next generation of Quakers.