Our Children and Young People
Children are always welcome at Goose Creek. 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.
July 25 – Outdoor First Day School, 10:00-10:45
This First Day we’ll continue our reading of Faith & Practice (1988 version), pages 7-11, that includes, “The Statement on Spiritual Unity”, and “The Early Quaker Testimonies” then discuss what we’ve read on our visit to the creek down past the burying grounds. Long pants and sturdy shoes suggested. Masks required for all non-vaccinated Friends. For more information, see guidelines below!
July 25 – Family Picnic on the lawn
At the rise of Meeting, please join us on the lawn for a family picnic! Please bring your own blanket and/or chairs, and lunch! We’re looking forward to catching up with everyone!
Online First Day School: Ice Cream!
The lessons this month are all about how raising, preparing, and sharing food builds community. Community is the “C” in SPICES! Click here to visit our First Day School page for this week’s lesson AND recipe! There are excerpts from the Bible and Faith & Practice, discussion questions, and more.
July 2021 Calendar
- Sunday, July 25, 11:00 AM: Outdoors FAMILY PICNIC at Goose Creek Meeting – please bring your lunch and a blanket. See you there!
- Sunday, July 25, 7:30 PM: (Google Meet) Teen Group, “Declassified NOVA survival guide – helpful hints going through HS here in Loudoun”, Join: https://meet.google.com/rmx-kddn-dja
- Saturday, July 31, 1:00 PM: (Google Meet) Quaker Parenting Group, Join: https://meet.google.com/fbm-tcym-kto
- Thursdays, 5:00 PM: (Google Meet) First Day School lessons and faith discussion. All are welcome! Contact Cameron or Maria, co-clerks, Religious Education Committee
Guidelines: Outdoor First Day School
- Families can either gather outside on the Meeting House porch (main entrance) or indoors* between 9:45-10:00 and share silent worship.
- Masks are required for all non-vaccinated Friends indoors and outdoors.
- We will have a box of new masks for anyone needed one plus hand-sanitizer;
- At 10:00 the children (and parents too if they would like) and two Friendly Adult Presences – FAPs) will move to the porch of the First Day School room.
- There we’ll share a moment of silent worship, an opening question, and a mini Faith & Practice lesson, then …
- We’ll go over to the lawn by Oakdale School where there will be ample time for the children to be with their friends and read, worship, play games, explore nature, run around and the like;
- At 10:45, the children will gather again on the Meeting House porch (main entrance area) and wait with the FAPs to join their families and friends;
- We suggest that everyone participating in the outdoor First Day School group consider bringing water, hats, a blanket, and wear sturdy shoes;
- Parents of infants and toddlers are asked to stay with them during First Day School until we have arrangements for the nursery;
- To use the restroom during Meeting for Worship, the children and adults are asked to use the First Day School room entrance to enter the Meeting House (please wear a mask if unvaccinated);
- Currently no snacks are currently being offered at the Meeting House.
- Thank you for your patience as we enter into post-pandemic life!
*The ad-hoc committee on reopening the Meeting House recommended that we reopen the Meeting House to our children for the first 15 minutes of Meeting for Worship, with masks worn by any unvaccinated children. First Day School will continue to be held outdoors for now; and the Religious Education Committee will reevaluate guidelines in the fall.
When we are able to meet in person again, each Sunday we have a nursery for children from birth to kindergarten and First Day School for kindergarteners 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 – this year on June 7, 2020 – 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.
18204 Lincoln Road
Purcellville, VA 20132
PO Box 105
Lincoln, VA 20160