Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
First Day School has resumed in person gatherings on Sundays, following Covid-safe practices. See below for details pertaining to junior and school age young Friends and toddlers.
This year the First Day School curriculum, Come With Hearts & Minds Prepared, will be an exploration of Quaker practice. We will start with what we do when we gather for meeting for worship and meeting for business and build from there.
Each month a new concept will be with an experiential activity and we will transition between concepts by applying what we have learned by holding a youth led meeting for business.
In between we might do a craft project, or cooking activity related to the concept we are exploring that month. School aged children will all work together with middle and high school aged students working as guides or assist younger children.
We offer a separate, play based preschool program, staffed by adult volunteers and trained youth leaders.
Parents who RSVP are always welcome to join us; however, our intention is to staff First Day School with Friends who don’t have young children at home, thereby providing parents of young children with the opportunity to attend worship as often as they would like.
Children are never alone 1:1 with an adult, and at least one of the adults in the space have had a background check (usually both).
Newcomers are most welcome! Please download and complete the registration and photo release forms (below) and mail to: Connie Green, 1505 Stanford, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 or SCAN and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: First Day School)
August- Entering the Meeting House
September- Seekers of the Light are One
October- When Two ore Three are Gathered Together
March- Gifts & Committee Work
April- Conflict & Eldering
The Albuquerque Friends Meeting (AMM) provides weekly “First Day School” for children and youth of all ages. Curriculum coordinator, Elizabeth Freyman, a skilled teacher, has developed an appropriate curriculum for each age group. Guided by Elizabeth and adult volunteers, children engage in meaningful activities and discussion to deepen their own understandings of faith and its practice in their daily lives.
The group gathers at 10:30 to share introductions and to sing songs selected from a Quaker Song Book selected by the children. Groups based on age and interest then form for specific activities. Skilled child care and a separate curriculum are available for infants and young toddlers.
At approximately 11:20 AM the children and accompanying adults gather in the garden while Covid-19 concerns remain in the community. Members and attenders are encouraged to join them following Meeting for Worship.
Several times a year the Children's Committee organizes events such as Game Night or camping trips for the entire AMM community.
The Children’s Program Committee welcomes participation by members and attenders of Meeting. Adult volunteers are welcome to participate in First Day School.
For more information or to volunteer please contact First Day School teacher, Elizabeth Freyman. email@example.com