Children and Youth programs
Raleigh Friends Meeting welcomes children and youth to participate in meeting for worship and our “First-Day School” (Sunday School).
Young Friends also join together for service projects, lock-ins, monthly game and movie nights, and occasional dining together. In past years, youth participated in a Junior Meeting, similar to the adults’ Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.
What to Expect
What youth activities happen on First Day?
- 10:00 AM – People of all ages participate together in the first 15 minutes or so of worship in the silence.
- 10:15 AM – Children leave with the First Day School teacher
- 11:00 AM – Announcements and Fellowship
- 11:30 AM – Childcare is provided during Second Hour
All children and youth are invited to worship for the first 15 minutes. We know that silence and stillness are difficult for children, and we are very tolerant of children’s restlessness and noises. We encourage children to learn to center and listen to the “small Voice within.” As they mature, we ask that the older children and youth model good behavior for them reminding them that younger children are less able to be still.
For younger Young Friends, there are books in the Meeting room on lower shelves–both sides of the room plus take home booklets, too. From toddlers to early elementary there are options. Middle school and high school Young Friends may wish to browse the books on the shelves.
Spoken ministry usually occurs after children have left meeting, but children should be prepared to listen respectfully if an adult or another child should choose to speak.
Favorite, quiet toys may be brought from home. When selecting a toy from home, we ask that you be mindful of the Quaker Peace Testimony and not allow a child to bring any toy relating to violence (such as toy guns or soldiers). Children may also read from our selection of children’s bibles and books about worship.
First Day School:
First Day School currently has two regular classes; however, sometimes they meet together as a whole. Curriculum varies, and we have begun integrating Faith and Play stories into our First Day School program. All children share cleaning up the room after First Day School and set out snacks as a service to the Meeting. Afterwards, the children often return to the worship room for Announcements. They always enjoy having refreshments and unstructured intergenerational time together. Please help your children be vigilante about clearing crumbs and to putting away books, toys, or supplies.
Infants to Preschoolers
The nursery is located downstairs. Children ages infant to kindergarten are welcome to play and read with our childcare provider. Parents of the very young may choose to bring a small or active child for the entire worship service. We are flexible about age ranges and can make exceptions when needed.
Elementary School Students
School-aged children begin and end with centering in a circle. 30 minute lessons are followed by an activity and snack. Once a month, the children play cooperative games.
Middle and High School Students
Middle and high school students often meet with the elementary school students acting as mentors to the younger children. Many of our teens prefer participating in meeting for worship.