Youth Religious Education
Tempe Meeting's First day School meets each First Day (Sunday) from 9:55 to 10:45.
We have childcare for infants and toddlers, a preschool group as well as a group of elementary and middle school students. Depending on the attendance, groups are sometimes held together and other times separately. We have approved guidelines for childcare safety (see pdf link below).
Teachers are meeting member volunteers, most of whom are parents, some of whom are teachers by calling.
Topics include current social issues, Bible History (New and Old Testament), Quaker History and a review of current Quaker Faith and Practice. Some years the middle school and high school students visit other churches in the area for a comparative view of worship practices and beliefs.
We welcome new attenders every First Day. In the summer months, due to school vacations, frequently the groups shift around. The time stays the same.
At 10:45 the school age children enter into the Worship Room and join their families. There they share in the settled, quiet Meeting so that they may begin to learn how unprogrammed Friends worship in silence. At the rise of Meeting, they participate in announcements and the saying of their names as all the members and attenders do.