Downingtown Friends Meeting, we're all about family. Just ask anyone. Families make up the majority of our members and attenders.
And it's those same families that bring life to our meeting, from the
littlest toddler to their parents and grandparents. We welcome all.
We often receive questions asking whether we accept children and what
sort of facilities and services do we have for them.
children—infants through pre-school—we have a nursery, staffed
by volunteers, that takes care of the younger children during
Meeting for Worship, so parents can be confident that their children are
in capable and loving hands.
Children 6 to 18 years of age attend our First Day (Sunday) School, also
staffed by volunteers. We’re especially proud of the extensive and well
thought out First Day School Curriculum that our Religious Education Committee has
created. Children attend three terms from September to June. During each
term, they not only receive guided spiritual education, but take part in
Four times a year, our children gather in a circle to watch a
Godly Play, in
which an adult volunteer guides them through stories related to Jesus and
Quakerism. Other activities are geared to the various holidays like
Valentine's Day and Quaker beliefs, such as our monthly peace vigils.
Our annual Friends Fall Festival gives everyone, young and old alike, an
opportunity to work together for the greater good. Children and adults
work side by side to make our Festival one of the best in the region.
During the holiday season, we encourage our children to take part in our
annual Christmas Program. They also get to go to a tree farm to pick out
our Meeting Christmas tree and then make and hang environmentally
friendly decorations on it. They also participate in several fundraising
activities for charity, including making and selling holiday cards,
created from their drawings and photographs, and collecting clothes or
other items to give to the needy.
As winter rolls around, they spend time making Valentine’s cards for
older people at Meeting. Spring brings with it the annual Egg Hunt on
Easter Sunday morning, an activity loved by both younger and older
children. Later on in spring, they plant a
Gleaning Garden with
vegetables to harvest for our local Lord’s Pantry. At Downingtown
Friends Meeting, we raise our children to be socially conscientious.
There are plenty of opportunities for parents to share in all of the
above activities with their children. At our Meeting, we encourage
families to worship together, work together, and share the joys of life
We hope you'll bring your family to our
Meeting and experience this for yourself.
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