Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

First Day School

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All children are welcome to experience Meeting for Worship from 10:30 to 10:45 am with their parents.  At 10:45am a First Day School teacher leads children in grades first through six to the First Day School.  There, the children will be grouped from 1st - 3rd grades and from 4th - 6th grades.

Our teachers are parents and members of the Meeting and are assisted by young adults from the community.

While the curriculum remains flexible, it is centered around teaching the Quaker Testimonies:Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship.

Explorations into the Testimonies include telling Quaker stories, performing "Godly Plays" of Bible stories, art projects and activities from planting a garden to playing Quaker games, taking Spirit Walks, and playing outside.

Each activity is designed to offer our children new opportunities to explore their beliefs and how they may view the world as Quakers.

Holidays bring such activities as a Christmas Play, an annual Easter Egg Hunt, multi-generational outdoor worship, banner-making for the Yearly Meeting, and various service projects.

At 11:35am parents are expected to gather their children from First Day School and resume responsibility of caring for their children.  They may choose to stay in Meeting with their children to hear announcements.

There is no cost.  Parents are asked to remain on the premises while their children are in First Day School.

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