SupportING Young Friends
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 First Day School (FDS) group. Group activities typically involve a story for younger children or lesson for older children, discussion, and a game or craft activity. The FDS group concludes at the same time as worship, after which children rejoin their families. The size of the group will depend on children attending each First Day (Sunday).
COVID UPDATE: For many Sundays over the last two years, our older children have met by Zoom. We have not had people in the Meetinghouse. There are still no pre-scheduled FDS groups meeting in person. However, at this point (winter of 2022) we are having hybrid Meeting for Worship. Please contact the Religious Education Committee with questions or concerns.
If you are interested in bringing children to our in-person Meeting for Worship, please contact us at by Thursday afternoon prior to the Sunday you wish to attend Meeting with children. We will plan for a Providence Meeting member, prepared with a lesson, to work with children in a small group. We ask that all children be masked, and we will be masked and keep doors open to provide airflow.
Note: We understand that people aren’t always able to plan ahead. We’ll make every effort to accommodate families – especially as the COVID situation evolves.
Providence Meeting Young Friend's Ministry
After Providence Meeting member Laura Boyce shared the story of her American Friends Service Committee trip to the border to witness the treatment of immigrants, the young Friends of Providence Meeting presented a letter of concern to the 11//3/2019 monthly business meeting of Providence Meeting. Our young Friends shared their concern for the improper treatment of migrants and immigrants at the U.S. / Mexico border. 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 approved the Minute and it was forwarded to the yearly meeting. Our young Friends Co-hosted a virtual program on current immigration issues with PYM.
OUR COMMITMENT TO QUAKER EDUCATION
Although our work for immigration rights will continue, we reached one of our major goals when we hosted our immigration rights vigil.
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.