Children at Gunpowder
Children are integral to the life of the Meeting at Gunpowder. Friends at Gunpowder strive to create a space that is welcoming and nurturing for everyone – to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to grow spiritually. Our children begin each Sunday, which we call First Day, by accompanying their parents to Meeting for Worship. Friends welcome their presence and expect the wiggles, giggles and whispers that accompany them. After 15 minutes of worship with all the gathered Friends, teachers lead the children out of the Meeting room to their activities. Children are provided with lessons that nurture religious and spiritual growth, and support social justice values found in the Quaker Testimonies. Children’s activities are experiential.
While children are engaged in First Day School activities parents are free to have a rejuvenating, meaningful experience in Meeting for Worship. Parents of First Day School children say that time in worship is a way to be grounded throughout the week, whether at work or in parenting.
Child care is also available after Meeting for Worship so that parents may stay for adult activities.
Intergenerational activities such as baseball games and board game nights are planned throughout the year to include all ages. Would you like to visit with us? For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I want that we should all show our faith by our works, by our honesty and justice and mercy and love; I want love to begin with little children; they should be governed by love, and by love only…Children love peace. The little child knows when it says, Mother, I love everybody. There is a Divine instinct in them which prompts to this feeling.”
Lucretia Mott, 1876
“But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, 'Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.'”
Mark 10: 14 (NRSV)
“To watch the spirit of children, to nurture them in Gospel Love, and labour to help them against that which would mar the beauty of their minds, is a debt we owe them; and a faithful performance of our duty not only tends to their lasting benefit and our own peace, but also to render their company agreeable to us…….”
John Woolman, c. 1760