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Religious Education and Our Children

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Children who are too young for an hour of silent worship attend the first 15 minutes of worship following which they join our First Day School classes. The First Day School Calendar for 2015-2016 is also posted.

The Religious Education Committee is charged with overseeing the development and implementation of the Meeting's First Day School and child care programs. It strives to nurture our children's spiritual, social and intellectual growth from infancy through high school. Members of the committee may serve as First Day School teachers or child care providers. However, members and attenders who do not feel called to provide these services are also encouraged to serve on the committee, as they may bring important insights and energy to planning efforts, as well as invaluable support to those who teach.

New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM) has a program of youth retreats for elementary, junior high, high school, and Young Adult Friends (YAFs). Please go to the attachments at the bottom of this page for the schedules.

For expanded information about NEYM youth programs go to

There are also religious education programs for adults such as the Faith and Practice study group.

  First Day School Calendar for 2015-2016

Note: Within the calendar, we have made note of NEYM retreat weekends for the different age groups.  In some cases, as with the older group, FDS will not likely meet because we most of our group are active participants in retreat weekends.  Teachers working with the younger group should assess retreat participation in advance to adjust their calendars.

Term 1: Quakerism

September 13: First Day School Breakfast and first class meetings!

September 20: HMM Retreat weekend at Powell House (**No FDS classes)

September 27

October 4: Young Friends Retreat Weekend (**upstairs group unlikely to have class); Junior High YM Retreat Weekend

October 11

October 18

October 25: Annual “Trick or Treat for UNICEF Party”

November 1

November 8

November 15

November 22: Young Friends Retreat Weekend (**upstairs group unlikely to have class); Junior YM Retreat Weekend (Grades 2-6)

November 29

December 6

December 13: Preparation for the Christmas Pageant  (**Junior High Retreat Weekend)

December 20: Preparation for the Christmas Pageant (Held at rise of Meeting!)


Term 2: Bible focus (New Testament)

 January 3

January 10

January 17: (**Junior High Retreat Weekend)

January 24

January 31: Junior YM Retreat Weekend (Grades 2-6)

February 7

February 14: Young Friends Retreat Weekend

February 21

February 28

March 6


Term 3: Social Justice/Social Action

 March 13

March 20: Young Friends Retreat Weekend

March 27: Easter Sunday!!

April 3

April 10

April 17

April 24

May 1

May 8:  Junior High Retreat Weekend

May 15

May 22: Junior YM Retreat Weekend (Grades 2-6)

5/29: Memorial Day Weekend (**No First Day School classes)

June 5: Annual Picnic Celebration