First Day School
We provide First Day (Sunday) School for children and adolescents during Meeting for Worship.
Children of all ages are always welcome in Meeting for Worship.
Meeting for Worship
Children are encouraged to attend Meeting for Worship with their families for the first 10-15 minutes, with the understanding that silence is a learned skill and may take different forms. As a community, we welcome children to join us in worship and are warmed by their presence and offerings. At the signal of their teachers, children leave meeting and go to participate in our First Day School Program.
Before Meeting, Some Practical Suggestions:
Here are some centering suggestions that you may want to try.
Remember that for all of us, the experience of worship grows with patience and practice.
The First Day School Committee is responsible for the religious education of children and adolescents in the Meeting.
We seek to nurture and support the Meeting's young people and their families in their spiritual journeys. The First Day School Committee aims to provide resources that enable young people and their families to learn about their own, the Meeting's, and Quakers' place in God's world and in the stream of Judeo-Christianity. We also want to increase awareness of and respect for other religious traditions throughout time.
We hope that some of the lessons and resources we provide can be useful to the students and their families throughout the week. The First Day School Committee wishes young people to become aware of the content and practice of basic Quaker principles:
We explore age-appropriate values, traditions and ideas. The lessons will include:
Activities are frequently nature-focused using the Buckingham Friends School campus with its beautiful woods, playgrounds and gymnasium. Children are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing for indoor and outdoor play.
* Our monthly community service project involves baking (and taste sampling!) cookies for the local women's shelter.
For more information and resources on Quaker First Day School, visit Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Children's Religious Education site