Children’s Religious Education Committee

The Children’s Religious Education program provides opportunities for children from preschool through eighth grade to gather for Sunday worship, fun, fellowship, learning, and service. It is our goal to help our youngest friends form lifelong bonds to community, to Truth and Light, and to the Society of Friends. Each year, our youngest Friends walk away with a deep sense of the history of Quakers, Quaker beliefs and ideals, and what it means to be a Quaker today.

We aim to support each child’s personal journey as they ask:  What does it mean for me to be Quaker?  What do I believe?

Want to learn more about Committee? Please read the description of our charge within the Meeting here: 
Children’s Religious Education Committee Description

Program schedule:  During the late fall of the 2021 year, our Children’s Religious Education program has returned to the Meetinghouse! We are meeting from 11:20 am to 12:00 pm. On the first Sunday of the month, children spend time with our fantastic babysitting team. Most other weeks include a lesson about the Bible and Quakerism, as well as a hands-on activity and then time to play together.

Join on Dec 19 for our Christmas Queries from Quaker Kids!

Here’s the agenda:

9:50 – Overview from CRE

9:55 – Transition to Small Groups & Introductions in Group

10:00 – Consider Query 1

10:10 – Consider Query 2

10:20 – Consider Query 3

10:30 – Return to Large Group, General Sharing

10:40 – Wrap Up

Here are the queries:

Query 1

Luke 2:17-20
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Query:

How did you celebrate Christmas as a kid? For example, how did your family prepare for Christmas, and what did they do on the big day? Or what parts did you like the most, and what parts (if any) were hard for you?


Query 2

Matthew 2: 9-11

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

Query: 

What was the best / your favorite Christmas gift that you received when you were a child? What made this gift so valuable or exciting to you?

Query 3

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Query: 
Nowadays, why is Christmas significant to you? How do you feel about Christmas – what positive feelings and what negative feelings does it bring? What does this day mean to you?

Our upcoming calendar includes:

Watch this space! Update coming soon….

Our long-term calendar includes (subject to change as children’s interests evolve):

Month

Theme

  Jan

Jesus’ Life

  Feb

  Jesus’ Teachings-Parables

  March

  Understanding Easter

  April

  Early Quakers and Jesus

  May

  Modern Quakers and Jesus

  June

  Wrap Up & Community

Interested in learning more about our CRE content? Please send us a message and we’re delighted to include you. 

Interested in past content? Archive of CRE virtual materials:

Please view a few of our 2020-2021 Spiritual Care Packages:

  • August: Perseid Meteor Showers
  • July: Seeds and the Wonder of Growing

Please view our recent reports and files:

CRE 2020-2021 Annual Report
CRE Annual Report final 050220
Child Safety Policy – Approved 2019
CRE 2018-2019 Annual Report
CRE 2017-2018 Report

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