We welcome families and children to our Friends Meeting, but we realize that Meeting can be a difficult place to bring children. The quietness of the room seems to magnify their noise and movement. Know that it was that way when we brought our children for the first time, too. We find that these sounds usually bother the parents the most.
We want to assure you that we value the presence of children in Meeting for Worship. We believe that God is present in everyone, regardless of age. When children join us, our community and our faith are broadened.
All ages of Friends worship together for the first 20 minutes of the Meeting hour. Children have First Day (Sunday) School or child care when they are not in Meeting for Worship. Someone sitting near you can explain how this is organized.
For now, put your mind at rest. We are pleased to have your family with us as we search to know God, ourselves, and each other in that which is eternal.
Remember that for all of us, the experience of worship grows with patience and practice.
Based on a pamphlet by Elizabeth Ferry in conjunction with the Christian Education Committee of New England Yearly Meeting, January 1987.
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