Children's First Day School will begin Sunday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. 

Children will join in meeting for worship at 11:00 AM for the first 15 minutes. At 11:15, children and teachers will rise and go over to the Waln Building for class until 12:00 noon. At noon, children will return to meeting for the announcements and will have a chance to share what they did in class. 

The children will be learning about Bible stories this year, with lessons based on the Quaker queries. Sally Farneth and Nancy Pickering will be teaching the children's classes.

In FDS we are using the Quakers on the Move, (Friends General Conference RE Committee, 1996).  It is a series of stories about multiple generations of a Quaker family from the 1652 down to the 1990's. Each chapter deals with a part of the Quaker story as it evolves in America.

The first story tells about hearing George Fox. The second story tells about the family moving to Marblehead MA where the Puritans were in conflict with the Quakers. The third story (1672) talks about the family moving to Carolina  because the Puritans were intolerant of other religious groups. The first governor of Carolina was a Quaker, John Archdale. I didn't realize that the Quakers settled in what is now North Carolina before 1672, and that they were visited by George Fox.





Nurturing First Day School Teachers - Do’s and Don’t’s

By Marcy Seitel, Adelphi Monthly Meeting, Baltimore Yearly Meeting


Things never to say to a First Day School Teacher:

  • That’s great you teach. Better you than me. I could never put up with the kids.
  • Great thing you’ll teach. Now I don’t have to look for anyone else.
  • It’s great you let the other adults have a quiet meeting for worship.
  • We’re lucky to have good child care for our kids. They seem happy.


The fact that teachers usually teach because they feel led to, and that they have real gifts and ministry to offer children and youth, are often missed. Other adults focus on their own needs that the teacher has filled which are likely NOT why someone has chosen to teach.

To support teachers:

  • Recognize that teaching is likely a leading, and if you can, recognize a gift in the teacher and acknowledge it for him or her. Talk with teachers about the connection between their spiritual journeys and their teaching.
  • Ask teachers about their class – not just about the behavior of the kids, but what the lesson was about and how the lesson went.
  • Share with a teacher something that happened during meeting for worship or announcements that you think might be meaningful to the teacher.*
  • Share a favorite Quaker story, verbally or in writing, with a teacher – this will become a resource that a teacher can call upon.
  • Offer to help find resources, offer something you know about, or otherwise help teachers prepare the content of their lessons.
  • Thank teachers informally or during business meeting for the work they do. Other committee work is often more visible to the rest of the community.
  • Ask teachers to share with the whole community what is being taught in their class; invite them to share stories about the students’ engagements in the classroom.
  • Express appreciation. A statement like “I’m glad you are teaching” is always welcome.

* If FDS is held concurrently with meeting for worship

From the Religious Education Committee of Friends General Conference, 1216 Arch Street, 2B, Phildadelphia PA 19107; 215-561-1700;