Children’s Programs

 
 Children are an integral part of the life and health of the Meeting! We welcome the sounds and vocal ministry of our youngest Attenders. Please feel welcome to bring your children to Meeting, and know that we welcome wiggles and whispers.  We also offer Childcare and Religious Education classes, if you would like to have your child attend those, too.

Childcare

We offer childcare each week, year round, for babies and children up through pre-K.   The childcare room is located at the end of the hall in the education wing of our building, which is on the left side.  Our childcare room is equipped with many toys, games and material for imaginative play.  On warm, sunny days, we sometimes will take the children to the park which is right next door to us, or spend time outside in our yard.  We have a great childcare team of people who are loving and truly enjoy children.
Childcare begins at 10:45 and lasts until 12:30, allowing you time to settle in before Meeting for Worship begins at 11:00 and time after Meeting to stay for announcements and singing.  However, of course, you may bring your child into Meeting  for Worship whenever you would like!  You are also welcome to stay in the nursery for all or part of the time, if that is your preference.

Religious Education

Each week we provide a “First Day School” (FDS) Program, which is our term for Religious Education or Sunday School. This is powered by a dedicated team of teachers who bring passion and energy.  First Day School runs from September through the first week of June, with some Sundays being vacation days (for the full schedule for the 2018-2019 school year, please go here).

We teach Quaker values with the acronym SPICES:

Simplicity
Peace
Integrity 
Community
Equality 
Stewardship

For more information on the kinds of activities and lessons in which we engage, please follow the links below to find descriptions at each age level.

Grades K-4 

 

 

 

 

 When You Arrive

All families begin in the Meetinghouse for the first fifteen minutes of Worship (unless you would like your younger children to go to childcare). Then, children and teachers leave the Meetingroom and walk as a group to the classrooms located downstairs in the Garden Level of our building and meet with their First Day School teachers. These activities continue until 12:00, when the children return to Meeting and reunite with their families.

Special Trips and Activities

In September, many Friends from our Meeting (all our welcome) head to to Camp Crystal Lake, for our weekend Fall Family Gathering, while in the Winter many gather for the Winter Family Gathering for a weekend at nearby cabins.

Sometimes we have special events just for fellowship and fun, such as ice skating, hiking or movie night.

For more information, contact Becky Misangyi:  rebeccamisangyi@gmail.com