Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Resources for Children

Religious Education

Friends General Conference makes available resources for children's religious education.

Faith & Play(TM), created by Quakers, is a Montessori-inspired resource that helps children find words and images for expressing their experiences of holy mystery and wonder in their lives.

Contact FGC Religious Education at 
religiouseducation@fgcquaker.org.

The Faith & Play Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is pleased to make available at no cost to Friends a new story, An Easter Story for Friends: A story about the power of God’s love.  We hope that the words and images in this story will resonate with Fr

Sparklers (1982) is back as Sparkling Still. Updated and re-imagined! You will find everything you need to create lessons for children ages 3 to 8 and build a classroom community.

By Christie Duncan-Tessmer, shared with permission from Newtown Friends School
Children have the same need as adults for communion with God, Love, Joy, the Source. Children live from a place of connection--young children don't have boundaries between time for work, time for play, and time to be connected with the Divine. For them, work, play, and worship is all the same thing. This 9-page resource examines how worship can be integrated into the life of a classroom.

QuakerBooks of Friends General Conference carries a number of children’s story Bibles. None of them pretend to be Bibles, per se. Rather, they are severely edited retellings in language appropriate for children. They are quite different, and appropriate for different age levels.

Beth Collea, Wellesley Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting

The problem of sporadic attendance in First Day School is common to large and small meetings. The number of school, sports, and enrichment activities available to children has expanded leaving them exhausted or otherwise engaged on Sunday mornings.

Many years ago in Africa, storytellers traveled from village to village sharing myths, gossip, and lessons with the people. Together, they laughed and cried and shared their bond of humanity. Then television came to the region. The television started telling the same stories as the tellers.

Middle school and high school Friends represent two entirely different groups in terms of developmental needs. The former (roughly grades 6th through 8th) are young adolescents entering a stage of rapid and volatile growth driven by raging hormones.

In 1989 we began a new retreat program called Junior Yearly Meeting Elementary Retreats under the care of New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM) for children in grades two through six.

Multiple Friends have expressed concerns in recent years about how many children and young people seem to have trouble making the transition from Young Friend (in First Day School) to Adult Friend (in meeting for worship, committee work, etc. ).