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.
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. Children from kindergarten to 4th grade make up one class, while those from 5th grade and above make up another.
Lessons cover everything from Quaker history and testimonies, to the Bible and Christianity, and other spiritual paths. In the spring, the children often have lessons outside where they learn about our responsibility to be good stewards of our Earth.
Recently, the Goose Creek Unity with Nature Committee worked with the First Day School to create a garden that would attract monarch butterflies on their way to and from Mexico.
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 the space and respect to find that of God within him or herself.
At the end of the school year, Goose Creek traditionally 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.
18204 Lincoln Road Purcellville, VA 20132
PO Box 105 Lincoln, VA 20160