Bethesda Friends Meeting

Child Care for Infants through Pre-K

COVID-19 Meeting Information

Bethesda Friends are worshiping together

on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via two venues 

  1. Indoors in the Meetinghouse at the Sidwell Friends Lower School, 
  2. Online via Zoom. 
    • Click here for more information about our weekly activities and worship
    • Child Care for ages 6 months-pre-K is available in the Child Care room (lower level in the Meetinghouse) each Sunday  during 11:00 a.m. worship.  See information and guidelines here.  
    • First Day School meets September through mid-June on the 1st and 3rd Sundays during 11:00 a.m. worship for fully vaccinated teachers and children in grades K-8.  On the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays, children are supervised on the playground.  Please see the FDS schedule and guidelines in our weekly bulletin. 
    • During the summer, children K-6 have supervised play activities

      Child Care (6 mo through pre-K)
      Whenever we hold in-person Meeting for Worship on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m., BFM also offers child care in the Sidwell Friends Day Care room on the lower level of the Meetinghouse.

      • Child care is for ages 6 mo through pre-Kindergarten.
      • Child care can be requested for other in-person events (such as weddings or  memorial services) for children ages 6 mo through 6th Grade.

      On Sundays, please bring your child directly to the Child Care Room before Meeting begins.
      The room opens at 10:40 am. Pickup is by 12:20 pm.

      • Parents or caregivers must sign their children in and out of care.
      • If you are a first-time attender or visitor, please fill out our registration form when you sign in. 
      • Please see our current Covid policy in the weekly bulletin

      The child care room is staffed by two adults, usually two paid, early childhood professionals. On occasion the second adult might be a BFM volunteer.

      • The room has cribs and changing tables. There are a variety of toys as well as crayons, books, and play clay for different age levels. Snacks are water and pretzels or crackers (Ritz or Graham).

      More details about Child Care (pdf)

      Playground Supervision

      • During the summer and on Sundays when no First Day School program is being held for K-8, we combine our younger and older children (Kindergarten through Grade 6) with playground supervision. 
      • To bring your children to playground supervision, please sign in with the child care providers in the lower level of the Meetinghouse at 10:45, before worship begins.   

      Volunteer to help the Child Care Providers

      We appreciate when BFM attenders and members can join the paid, professional child care provider in the Child Care Room or on the playground as a volunteer. If you've been attending BFM for a full year (or are a parent), you can volunteer as an assistant.

      Can you volunteer? Please email

      • You will given a link to a Sign-Up Genius form to pick the Sunday that fits your schedule. 

      Bethesda Friends Meeting

      Mailing Address:
      P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824

      Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

      We are a member organization of the Religious Society of Friends
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