First Day School
Is charged with providing religious education for children ages 4 – 13 who attend GMM on First Day. Committee members are expected to lead weekly class discussions or activities. Curricula are provided.
Germantown Friends Meeting offers First Day (Sunday) School classes for children grouped by grade levels (usually K-2, 3-5, and 6-8). After fifteen minutes of silent worship in the meetinghouse, first day teachers rise and silently leave the meeting. This is the cue for children (and parents who wish to assist their child), to rise and follow teachers to the committee/social room area to gather for directions from the teachers. Parents are welcome to stay with their child and assist with first day school activities or quietly go back into the meetinghouse for silent worship.
Grades K-8 meet in the GFS lower school science and music rooms to learn about Quakerism, the Bible, and to play games and do arts and crafts activities. There is a three year curriculum of study following Old Testament, New Testament and Quakerism for the older children. One Sunday of each month grades K-8 hold a gathered meeting for a group activity such as planting seedlings, cooking, making scarves for a shelter, the annual Christmas pageant, or Easter egg hunt.