Collected here is guidance for nurturing the spiritual lives of our youngest Friends.
Children often lead rich spiritual lives and are curious about faith, prayer, caring for each other and the world, and connecting with That Which is Eternal. Adults offer children a powerful gift when we invite them to explore their spirituality in an open and creative environment. The Spiritual Deepening Program provides resources and activities that speak to the experiences and the questions that fill children’s lives.
The Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) is an international, cross-branch, grassroots network of Friends sharing a stewardship for lifelong Quaker faith formation through religious education. Visit their site to browse their extensive resource library, including materials to support parents in nurturing children’s faith at home.
Written with a busy, new First Day school teacher in mind, this exciting resource folds in basic elements of teacher training and streamlines the whole lesson-planning process. You will find everything you need to create lessons for children ages 3 to 8 and build a classroom community. Topics include sense of self, family and community, the natural world, the Bible and Quakerism, worship, celebrations, empowerment, and Quaker testimonies, as well as guidance on hard issues like grief, divorce, extreme weather, violence, and more.
Faith & Play™ Stories is a Montessori-inspired storytelling resource that helps children find words and images for expressing their experiences of holy mystery and wonder in their lives. Play is children’s practice, hence the name Faith & Play, deriving from Faith and Practice.
These three sets of coloring pages, word search puzzles, criss-cross puzzles and mazes, are available for FREE download. The activity pages were inspired by the Newcomers Cards: Quaker Testimonies, Quakers and Prayer, and You Are Welcome Here!
They are useful for First Day/Sunday School lessons, families and to give to visiting children at meetings without First Day/Sunday. Schools.
Resources for Friends and Meetings during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Melinda Wenner Bradley, Religious Education Consultant and Trainer, and Youth Religious Life Coordinator for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting | 8/19/20