First Day School 2018-2019

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After hearing a story in First Day School, Quakes have some time for “Wondering”, a worship sharing experience for the children.  We ask these questions and appreciate any answers the children share:

I wonder what you liked best about the story today?

I wonder what part of the story felt most important to you today?

I wonder what part of the story we could leave out and still have the whole story?

I wonder where you are in the story?

October:  Quaker Faith & Nonviolence

Testimonies: Peace, Community

Starting with World Quaker Day (October 7th), we will explore Quaker faith and nonviolent action.

Throughout the month, Young Friends (9th-12th grade) will continue their discussions accompanied by Martha Solt.  Junior Young Friends (5th-8th grade) will continue their discussions of the testimonies as seen in their favorite books and movies, facilitated by Cait Hone.  Friends aged 11-13 should consider registering for the BYM conference November 3-4 at Sandy Spring Meeting.  Ages 14-18 will be at Langley Hill November 23-25.  

Grate Patrol cookie baking by YFs and JYFs will be on the 28th!  Can your family take charge of the early shift (9:30-11:30) or the late shift (11:30-1:15)?

10/7World Quaker Day!  Quakes will share the Faith&Play story of Meeting for Worship.  Through words and gestures, this story recognizes children’s inner experience of the divine and connects that to what is going on in silent worship.  Our activity will be finding Meetings on the world map which our members have visited.  (Shannon leading)

For the grownups:

The Meeting for Worship story repeats the phrase “deep calls to deep” which is from Psalm 42:7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

What images might you use to describe your experience of God’s presence?

What do you do in Meeting for Worship?

10/14 — Quakes will have fun with a role playing game that invites them to imagine world peace and how we got there.  (Rob leading)  NOTE THAT, STARTING TODAY, QUAKES WILL BE MEETING IN THE QUAKER HOUSE LIVING ROOM WHILE CONSTRUCTION HAPPENS IN THE ASSEMBLY ROOM.

10/21 — Quakes will have a participatory morning working through some activities designed to build capacity for peaceful conflict resolution(Jess leading)

10/28 — Quakes will share the Faith&Play story Mary Fisher Carries the Quaker Message Near  and Far, which focuses on the bravery and conviction of Mary Fisher as she speaks truth and peace to power in England, America, and Turkey.  (Shannon leading)


September:  Journeys to Freedom 

Testimonies: Equality, Integrity

Inspired by our service activity with the Sanctuary Taskforce (9/9), we will explore stories of yearning for freedom, dignity, and safety.

9/2 — Quakes will share the Godly Play telling of Exodus, which simplifies the biblical story to focus on the desperation which drove the people from their homes and into the land of Egypt, the faith and persistence of Moses in seeking freedom for his people, and their fear and joy as they escaped to freedom.  Junior Young Friends and Young Friends will have time to reconnect and share about their summers and look towards the year ahead.

For the grownups:

How did you learn the Exodus story and what did it mean to you then?

How does the story of Exodus resonate for you today?  How does it not?

Where do you see the Exodus story in the history of our faith, our nation, our world?

What might the story of Exodus offer to our children today?

9/9FMW’s Sanctuary Taskforce will visit to talk with us about how people of faith are working to support today’s immigrants.  They will help us bake cookies for sale to benefit the CAIR Coalition, which works directly and exclusively with immigration detainees.  Junior Young Friends will help in the kitchen or meet on their own.  Young Friends will meet for discussion.

9/16Catoctin Weekend!  Join us in the beautiful Catoctin mountains for fellowship and fun.

9/23 — Quakes will share the Faith & Play story of John Woolman which shows how he slowly convinced his fellow Quakers to recognize that of God within enslaved people, stop participating in slavery themselves, and work to end slavery as an institution.  Junior Young Friends will discuss  some of the complicated history of Quakers and slavery and racial equality.  Young Friends will meet for discussion.

9/30 — Quakes will read Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson“This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman's strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses.”  Junior Young Friends and Young Friends will have their own discussions.