SupportING Young Friends
On 11/3/2019 the young Friends of Providence Meeting presented a letter of concern to the monthly business meeting by Providence Meeting. Our young Friends shared their concern for the improper treatment of migrants and immigrants at the U.S. Mexico border. Last year Providence Meeting member Laura Boyce shared the story of her American Friends Service Committee trip to the border to witness the treatment of immigrants. Providence Meeting approved and minuted the letter. Our young Friends read their Minute at Chester Quarterly Meeting for Business, January 26th, 2020. The Quarterly Meeting accepted the Minute and will have a second reading at the next Quarterly Meeting in April.
We had a Zoom First Day School session on March 29, which the young people appreciated. The young people felt it was worthwhile and we should continue the practice next week. We are trying to understand how we can keep moving forward on the concern about immigrants' rights and migrants. We are thinking about how we might be able to make a collaborative video. For more information contact Jay Dahlke
Our First Day (Sunday) School program for children ages 5-13 provides an opportunity to learn about Quakerism, explore their understanding and beliefs about the divine, and connect with each other and the Meeting community. Children sit for the first 20 minutes in meeting for worship and then go to their classes. Class time typically involves a story for younger children or lesson for older children, discussion, and a game or craft activity. Classes conclude at the same time as worship after which children rejoin their families. The size of the class will depend on children attending each First Day (Sunday). All teachers are cleared to work with children.
The Meeting provides child care for children less than five years of age during meeting for worship. Parents are welcome to bring young children into meeting for worship, along with the older children, for the first 20 minutes or to take them directly to child care. Parents should be assured that gentle sounds from young children are welcomed as ministry by the worshiping group. All childcare providers are cleared to work with children.
OUR COMMITMENT TO QUAKER EDUCATION
In 1809 a stone school house was built behind the log cabin meeting house. Providence Meeting remains an active partner in Quaker education with our blessed relationship to Media Providence Friends School. Our meeting contributes to the scholarship fund at the school and Providence members have served as Trustees of the school over many years.