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. 

This Month in First Day School: Celebrating Earth Month

Visit our First Day School page for the fourth Earth Month lesson – Insects! This week there are excerpts from the Bible, queries from Faith & Practice, a little about Quaker entomologists, related activities, and resources categorized by grade-groups – check it out! Thank you very much Unity with Nature committee for creating the fantastic lessons this month!

Upcoming BYM Youth Programs

  • May 1 & 2: Junior Young Friends (JYF = 6th-8th graders) Grad ConClick here to learn more and to register.
  • May 15 & 16: Young Friends (YF = high schoolers ages 14-18) Grad ConClick here to learn more and to register.

April 2021 Calendar

  • Saturday, April 28th, 1:00 PM: Parent Get-together (Google Meet)
  • Sunday, April 29th, 1:00 PM: Teen Group (Google Meet)
  • Thursdays, 5:00 PM: First Day School lessons discussion with Cameron and Maria. All are welcome! Contact us for more information.

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.

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160