Ann Arbor Friends Meeting
1420 Hill Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Office: M-Th, 9am - Noon • (734) 761-7435 •
Clerks: • 734 996-0825 (c/o Lynn Drickamer)

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Sundays 9am, 11am | Thursdays 7:30pm
   3rd Sundays 7:45am instead of 9am
   5th Sundays 10am only
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3rd Sundays, 9am


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Activities for Children / First Day School

The Meeting feels a special responsibility for the religious education of our children. For them we provide a regular First Day School. The purpose of First Day School and the larger religious education program is to help each child recognize and understand the Inner Light and to value this guidance as the essence of her or his spiritual and temporal life.

The Committee for Children and Families tries to help the child appreciate certain fundamental Quaker experiences, beliefs, and concepts: that the Quaker way is the way of the seeker, always open to new light, from any source; that we seek that of God in every person; that God can be a personal and vital force in the child's daily life; and that there is a living silence that we seek and expect to experience through individual prayer and meditation as well as in meeting for worship.

Classes are held for children from pre-school through high school and run from September through June. They are led by parents and other adult volunteers from the Meeting. (There is also a summer program for all ages.) Though the classes generally provide an ongoing curriculum, we welcome new or returning children at any time of the year.

Starting on September 17, 2017, all children will gather in the Living Room of Quaker House by 11 a.m. for fun, energizing, and community-building activities for all ages, including any adults who want to join in. After 10-15 minutes, the middle schoolers and high schoolers will go to meeting for worship with the adults while the three-year olds through fifth graders will separate into groups for an activity and a lesson. At about 11:50, after clean-up and a settling routine, these children too will enter meeting for worship, where they will sit on the benches between the doors for the remainder of the meeting.

Nursery care, in the warm and cheerful west sunroom of Quaker House, is available for infants and toddlers for the full hour. The nursery is staffed by a rotation of mature adults from the Meeting and stocked with age-appropriate toys, a rocking chair, and a changing table. Parents are encouraged to accustom their child to the nursery so they will be comfortable being left with our care givers.

If you have questions about where to find a child's class or the nursery, please feel free to speak with the greeter in the lobby before meeting for worship.

Also please feel free to contact the Meetinghouse or the clerk if you have any questions about the First Day School program; both will be able to provide contact information for a member of the Committee for Children and Families.

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