COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The Committee for Children and Families (CCF) supervises the First Day School program, which includes children from infancy through the high school years. The Committee oversees planning the curriculum, acquiring materials, securing teachers, supervising and coordinating the teaching program, and encouraging the carrying out of service projects. The Committee works to nourish and support First Day School teachers and coordinators, helping them to make the experience of teaching an enriching part of their spiritual life. The Committee also supervises the nursery care program on Sunday mornings. On request, the Committee facilitates childcare during other Meeting events.
Committee Membership Term: One-year renewable for members and attenders.
Convener: Margot Finn
FIRST DAY SCHOOL begins on September 15. Children under about 3 are welcome in the Nursery. Children under 7 are warmly invited to join Madison Johnson and Aiyana Siegert or a meeting volunteer in the Living Room for stories, song, play, movement, art, and service & stewardship projects. Children over 7 are invited to join Ben Kuipers or Aiyana Siegert or a meeting volunteer in the Fireplace Room for lively discussion of stories from Quaker and other religious traditions.
All children are invited to participate in a settling routine and join meeting for worship in the last 10-15 minutes. There is a simple registration form for parents to fill out. Please see Margot Finn (email@example.com) if you need a copy of the registration form, have questions or concerns, or wish to volunteer your loving presence, stories, and/or activities to our First Day School program.
Ann Arbor Friends Meeting policy on the protection and safety of children and youth is available here: Child Safety Policy.
If you wish to enroll any children you may sometimes bring to meeting in First Day School for the 2019-2020 year, there is a simple registration form that must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Please see Margot Finn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the form. Forms are also available in the locations where First Day School meets.
Fall & Winter Plans
Here’s some of what we’ve got planned for children and families this Fall & Winter:
September 15: First Day School kickoff picnic, 12:30pm, snacks & grilling provided by the Committee for Children and Families and Young Adult Friends; we’ll also have supplies to tie-dye shirts for the AAFM team walking in this year’s Crop Walk–bring a shirt if you want to do your own!
October 06: Younger kids will read a story about hunger and bake flatbread with Margot to share with the meeting during refreshments; older kids will hear from Jim Kalafus about his journey from Catholic to Quaker; 2019 Crop Walk departs from St. Clare’s Episcopal at 1pm
October 13/20: Older kids will hear from Karen Connor about growing up Quaker and remaining part of meeting, and in the second week she’ll share some of the practices she does during meeting that they can try to take into meeting for worship that day
October 27: Rabindar Subbian will share a story from an ecumenical tradition with the older kids
November 03 (tentative): As a follow-up to sharing stories about nature with Jan Wright in a previous week, if Bethel AME is interested in having a tree planted in their garden, we hope to do so after rise of meeting
December 01: Young friends will be invited to make and decorate cards for Care & Visitation
December 22: Members of meeting will be invited to “drop in” to share Christmas stories and songs with all the kids in a combined group
CCF looks forward to creating a safe, warm, and inviting environment where our kids can experience the spiritual community of peers and adults within the meeting.