The First Day School
Brooklyn Meeting cherishes the presence of children and families and their unique contributions to the vibrancy of our community. Children’s spiritual questions and seeking are vital to the life of the meeting.
The First Day School meets from September to June, 11:00 A.M. to 11:45 each First Day (Sunday), FDS has two classes. Students are welcome to join us for one day or every First Day as each lesson is designed as a united whole or as part of an overall theme. Our school is on the lower level of the Meetinghouse.
The committee strives to weave Quaker history, tenets and testimonies into its lessons in creative, fun, interactive ways. We also prepare children for participation in Meeting for Worship, to help children to see themselves as part of the larger Meeting community.
Additionally the committee hosts two events each year: a pancake breakfast in the winter and a picnic in our bucolic Quaker Cemetery (6 acres surrounded by Prospect Park) in June. We also have partnership with the Community Dinner Committee which serves a hot, healthy meal to those in need whom we welcome into our Meetinghouse. The children join in this community service during FDS on the last Sunday of every month.
4-7 years old:
YOUNGER CHILDREN’S MEETING
Led by First Day School Committee members and volunteers from the Brooklyn Meeting community. Provides an introduction to Quaker testimonies, storytelling, art projects, and cooperative games. Children join Meeting for Worship at 11:50am. Look for the second classroom with the green door on the left side of the lower level.
8-12 years old:
OLDER CHILDREN’S MEETING
Facilitated by First Day School Committee members and volunteers from our community. Continuing exploration of Quaker testimonies, history and tenets, we provide opportunities for children to develop deeper thinking and longer term projects that enact Quaker values. Look for the purple door on the right on the lower level.
Young people over the age 13
Teens are wholeheartedly invited to join one of the Children’s Meetings or participate in Meeting for Worship upstairs.
Very young children (0-3)Babies and toddlers may join Childcare which is also on the lower level (yellow door) which is run separately from First Day School. Please reach out to childcare-clerk@BrooklynMeeting.org for more information.
The First Day School Education Committee
We seek to have a committee comprised of 10 Friends. The committee meets every month. to plan. While one or two of the committee members are with the children at all times during the 11-11:50AM school time, other adult members of the Brooklyn Meeting community are encouraged to join in as well. For more information or to get onto our FDS directory, please email first-day-school clerk@BrooklynMeeting.org. Additionally, we have a flyer with more information available in the Meetinghouse on the ground floor.