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. 

Upcoming in First Day School

During the month of June our lessons will focus on Equality, the “E” in SPICES! Visit our First Day School page for this week’s lesson There are excerpts from the Bible and Faith & Practice, discussion questions, and more.

June 2021 Calendar

  • Wednesday, June 16, 6:00 PM: (Zoom) Religious Education Committee Meeting – please join us – all are welcome.
  • 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
  • Saturday, June 26, 1:00 PM: (Google Meet) Quaker Parenting Group
  • Sunday, June 27, 7:30 PM: (Google Meet) Teen Group

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