Religious Education (RE) for Children & Youth (Grades K-8)
Religious education classes for children in grades K-8 is called "First Day School" (FDS)
First Day School (FDS) emphasizes Quaker values & history, Bible stories, and community service activities. It is held each Sunday during the school year (except for holiday Sundays).
Sunday Schedule for First Day School (FDS) children
11:00 - Children K-8 attend Meeting for Worship in the Meetinghouse with their parents for the first 15 minutes.
11:15 - Children leave the Meeting and meet their teachers for First Day School classes and activities.
12:00 noon - Children return to Meeting with their teachers. They may wait quietly in the library or rejoin their parents in Meeting.
12:15 - Refreshments in the Library. [Note: On the second Sunday of the month, potluck is held in the All-Purpose room of the Groome Building.]
Friends Meeting of Washington, DC also has a wonderful list of resources to support parents as we integrate Quaker beliefs and practices into our family life.
This link goes to a catalog with all of the issues of the children and young people’s work resource titled "Journeys in the Spirit." It is a treasure trove and includes the special issues as produced by Quaker Life in London, England (2007-2016).
In February, 2020, the First Day School children stitched this panel and submitted it to the 25 Million Stitches Project (www.25millionstitches.com). The project invited people around the world to submit hand-stitched panels with each stitch representing one of the world's 25 million refugees. The year long project collected over 1,150 panels as of early 2020, with 13 million stitches counted. The final installation will open in Sacramento, California on June 20, 2020, World Refugee Day, circumstances permitting.
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Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to sharing our time with you and your children!