April 7 ELEMENTARY GROUP (ages 6-10) The Peaceable Kingdom. The students explore the peace testimony by way of discussions about the painting, The Peaceable Kingdom, by Edward Hicks (Hicks visited Goose Creek in 1837) TEEN GROUP (ages 11 and up) The students will focus on the quote “Build Bridges, not Walls” by Amnesty International through discussions, creation, and games. Note: We’ll have a teen group once a month –the first First Day of each month.

April 14
Quaker kids sometimes hear the Lord’s Prayer at funerals, weddings, other churches. Everyone else seems to know the words! What is it? Where does it come from? What does it mean?

April 21 EASTER
Note: This year there will not be an Easter Egg Hunt during First Day School. The beloved activity will return in 2020! The teen lesson (ages 11 & up) will go over The Easter Story along with information about other celebrations and religions surrounding the holiday including visuals of famous art. We will ask and discuss how the Easter Story pertains to us as Quakers and our SPICES*. Similarly, the elementary students will explore why Easter is celebrated and how the holiday relates to our Quaker faith and SPICES* through storytelling, discussion, and crafts. Craft: SPICES*-themed paper Easter egg ornaments. Books: The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith, Faith & Practice of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. *SPICES: Our Quaker Testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship

April 28
Students will participate in a challenge from Herndon Friends Meeting to see who can document the most species of wild plants, animals, and other living things during a specific period. We will take pictures and upload them to iNaturalist where they become part of a global biodiversity project that provides data for scientists.

Do you really love a particular subject? If you would love to share your knowledge and experience with the students please contact us! We are also seeking additional friendly adult presences (FAPs) and facilitators for a teen First Day School group. We need you! contact Maria and Cameron, the RE co-clerks: marianicklin@gmail.com and cameron247@hotmail.com.

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18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

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PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160