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