Children are welcome



Children are welcome at these meetings. We suggest that parents help their children in advance to understand as best they can the special nature of these gatherings and be prepared to participate as comfortably as possible. We hope parents will take advantage of the options suggested below for their children. Parents are asked to avoid leaving any children unattended.

Youngest Children:
Child care is offered every Sunday for infants and toddlers between 9:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. in the Community House nursery. Some parents prefer to keep children (especially infants) with them in the Meeting.

Younger Children:
— At 9:00 AM Meeting for Worship: There are no child activities planned for this group during the 9:00 Meeting.
— At 11:00 AM Meeting for Worship: After 15 minutes of sitting in Meeting with their parents or other adults, most children ages 3 to 13 leave as a group to join First Day School classes.

Older Children:
Children of high school age are welcome to participate in the full Meeting for Worship or go to the Young Friends group of First Day School.

First Day School Classes — 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM (From September to June)
Children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship at 11:00 a.m. in the Meetinghouse.  At 11:15, children are dismissed to go to First Day School classes in the Community House.

First Day School classes begin in September and run every Sunday through mid-June. On the first Sunday of each month, a children’s program of singing, worship, and crafts takes the place of the regular First-day School classes. During the summer months, activities are organized for various ages.

Members of the Religious Education Committee of Sandy Spring Friends Meeting would be pleased to talk with parents about First Day School classes, other activities available for children, and opportunities to participate.

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