Religious Education

Religious Education is for Friends and friends of all ages! Our First Day School is for young people 18 and under but our lessons are for everyone! We also have programs geared to older Friends. Like our Quaker forebears, we believe that God’s Light shines particularly brightly in children and we are careful to nurture that Light with tenderness and care. 


  • First Day School & Nursery, May 22nd from 10:00 to 10:45 AM. This week, Unity with Nature will be leading the lesson. Masks are optional in both the Meeting House and the Nursery.
  • Cannot make it to Meeting? Click here to check out some DIY First Day School lessons by Unity with Nature this month.
  • Community Book Read Meeting, Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 PM (virtual). Reading and discussing Mary Snyder’s, Opening Doors to Quaker Religious Education. Contact Maria for more information.
  • Mud Club –Friday, May 27th from 1:00 to 2:30 at the Meeting House. For more information, click here to email Cameron.
  • Quaker Parent Get-Together – Saturday, May 28th at 7:30 PM (Google Meet). Click here to join.
  • Goose Creek Teen Group (ages 13-18) – Sunday, May 29, 7:30 PM (virtual). Click here to join.

For more information, click here to email Cameron, Clerk, Religious Education Committee.

Friendly Adult Presence Sign Up

Click the button below to sign up to be a Friendly Adult Presence for the First Day School and/or the Nursery during May. Thank you!

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Check out Goose Creek Friends Story-time – Anytime!

Click here to watch stories read by Erin at your convenience!

Each First Day we have a nursery for children from birth to kindergarten and First Day School for kindergartners to 12th graders. Babies, children, and young Friends begin worship with the adults at 9:45 in the meeting room. At 10 a.m., led by the teachers, they leave Meeting for Worship and move to the gathering room for the nursery and First Day School.

Lessons cover everything from Quaker history and testimonies, to the Bible and Christianity, other faith practices, and spiritual paths.

In the lessons, the adults not only seek to impart knowledge but also to listen to each child with a whole heart and to allow them space and respect to find that of God within him or herself.

At the end of the school year, Goose Creek holds Book Sunday where every child who participated in First Day School over the previous year is presented with a book. This is followed by an ice cream social to celebrate the start of the summer vacation.

We also encourage our young people to participate in Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Camping Program, where they can experience wholesome fun outdoors and learn how to “live” the Quaker Way of peace and mutual respect and love in community with other young people. During the school year, middle and high schoolers can also participate in BYM’s Young Friends and Junior Young Friends weekends.

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160