Bethesda Friends Meeting

Religious Education: K-8

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).


  • 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays: Children meet for multi-age activities. Parents are welcome to join their children.
  • 2nd & 4th Sundays: Classes are held for K-2nd graders and for 3rd-8th graders. Parents are encouraged to help the teachers on a regular rotation.
  • To learn more about 2019-2020 classes, please check back in September.
  • Upcoming events are always featured in the BFM Newsletter.
  • During the summer, children K-6th Grade are supervised in the playground or at other informal activities.

Sunday Schedule for Firs 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 keeps an updated list of Quaker camps for children of various ages and interests. Please click here for more information.

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).

BFM Youth/Child Safety Policy (2019) 


  • Our First Day School classes are about Quaker Faith and Practice, often with a focus on the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • In addition to classes, teachers and guest teachers discuss Quakerism in action and facilitate multi-age community service activities.
  • The children will participate in Meeting activities such as the Walkathon for the Homeless, the annual Christmas Pageant, and Spring Fling for Ramallah Friends School.

Each fall we will post a detailed schedule or you can look in our Sunday Bulletin or the monthly Newsletter.

Do you have a question about First Day School?

  • Please call or email the current clerks of the Religious Education Committee (see our print Directory) or use the Contact Us form on the website.
  • Upcoming FDS special events will be featured in our Bulletin and Newsletter.
  • Do you want general information about the Sunday schedule for First Day School? Please click here.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to sharing our time with you and your children!

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 of the Religious Society of Friends

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