FDS Events for 1/19 and 1/12

Continuing on the theme of peace this week.

January 19
The younger children will hear the book The First Step about a black child named Sarah Roberts who fought for her right to go to a whites-only school in Boston in the mid 1800s.

The older youth will continuing discussing the topic of peace by interacting with a Friends Journal article “Peacefulness in a Chaotic World” written by a high school student.

January 12
Last week, the younger children learned about Mary Fisher, an early Quaker, who travel from England to what is now Turkey and later the colonies professing her faith.

Question for home: Have you ever felt led to do something difficult and/or unpopular? How did you respond to that leading?

Last week the older youth watched and then discussed a QuakerSpeak video War is Not the Answer featuring Diane Randall of Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Question for Home: What does peace mean to you in terms of international conflicts? Do you have hope for peace in the midst of the current global situation?

We have a new Nursery Teacher Caitlin Peters

Caitlin is currently a graduate student in the Elementary Education program at Boston University. In May, she will be licensed to teach children between the 1st and 6th grade. This is an exciting career change for her as she previously worked in various business roles after graduating from Bentley University in 2012. She is very excited to continue working with children as a Nursery Teacher at FMC! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, running and spending time with her family and friends.

Looking Ahead

Monday, January 20, 2020, 2:00pm


Would you want to volunteer as a group on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 20, 2020? There is a large event happening in Central Square 2-5 PM that day. Here is more information.

No one has contacted me, so if you are interested, please contact Amy Greene who is planning to attend at amagicbeanbuyer@gmail.com

Couple Upcoming Webinars of Interest

New England Yearly Meeting is offering a webinar on Multiage Inclusion. The Webinar will explore ways that the meeting can be more inclusive of all ages and allow time for the group to interact with each other and people across the yearly meeting.

Quaker Religious Education in the Home and Small Meeting

Offered at two times: Tuesday, January 21, 1:00 pm and Thursday, January 23, 8:00 pm

This conversation hosted by the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative will explore how small meetings can help children and families grow spiritually and think about ways that this can continue in the home.

FMC is one of the largest unprogrammed meetings in the country, but I still think this could be of interest to families and I plan to join on Tuesday.

Here are more details.


Would anyone want to go snowshoeing as a group on Saturday afternoon February 1? I wanted to have one winter activity as a family enjoying the beautiful outdoors! Hopefully it won’t be 60 degrees that day!

Please let me know if you are interested.

Joyful Noise Coffee House
Saturday, February 8, 6:00-9:00pm

Discover and celebrate the many talents in our community

Performers of all ages and abilities are welcome, as long as what you share brings you joy and is family friendly!

Sign ups will be available

Upcoming Meeting Retreats

All Meeting Retreat

Save the date for the All Meeting Retreat March 20-22 in Alfred Maine. There will be a children’s program and it is a great time to get away for the weekend

Family Retreat

Memorial Day Weekend in Alfred, Maine being with fellow families having time to play games and enjoy each other company.

More information about these events will be announced as the time gets closer.

Fundraising Note from Ariel Maddocks

I am a parent of two children who regularly attend FDS and I also serve on the FMC Fundraising Committee. I am making a point to include FMC in my year end giving, every amount makes a difference and hope you will join me in also giving what you are able to at this time. I find this time of year to be one that I think about giving back, giving locally and ways to make a difference in the community. FMC has such a broad and meaningful impact on many lives it is a natural fit for us to support and teach the children about what it means to give, serve and be part of a community.

To make an end of year gift click here now!

You can also drop off a check or cash at the FMC office or in the secure slot in the office door if the office is closed.

Attached is the schedule for the 2019-2020 First Day School year.

And here is the FDS Curriculum for 2019-2020.


Check out Quaker Summer Camps within New England! Registration is now open for these two camps!

Friends Camp BoatsFriends Camp in Maine, under the care of New England Yearly Meeting:

Farm & Wilderness Camp in Vermont, independent and run with Quaker
values: https://farmandwilderness.org/

Children and youth from FMC have attended these camps in years past and they have had great experiences!


Invitation to Join a Virtual Quaker Parent Discussion Group

As Quakers have you ever wondered:
How your Quaker faith can give support and guidance to your parenting?
How your parenting is part of your spiritual journey?
What guidance does Quakerism give to knowing how to deal with behavior challenges, from toddlers to teens?

The Quaker Parenting Initiative, with support from New England and New York yearly meetings, is offering an opportunity to explore these questions in a 5-week online series starting on September 25.

See Attached Flyer for more information!

Something that come up at the Parents’ Meeting is a desire for parents to be able to communicate with each other as a group. To facilitate this, I have set up a listserv through Google. https://groups.google.com/d/forum/fmc-parents. If you have an Google account, you can request access. If you don’t have an Google account,please let me know and I can add you.

Volunteers Are Still Needed to Help with Childcare
Our nursery is booming with children and they are wonderful. Several of our regular teen workers and regular volunteers cannot work as much as they used to and there is more of a demand for weekday evening volunteers while parents are in various FMC meetings.

Helping with childcare is one way to contribute towards the meeting community in order to alleviate childcare costs for the meeting and keep our children in a safe, loving environment. Plus our little children at meeting are pretty adorable.

If you are interested, please let me know. The process to get screened is pretty simple and easy. Please contact Greg Woods at youthministries@fmcquaker.org or 413-251-6512.

Greg Woods Greg Woods, Youth Ministries & Education Coordinator
youthministries@fmcquaker.org or 413-251-6512

Watch this new Quaker Speak video starring Greg “My Spiritual Journey with disability” here. In reconciling his disability with his understanding of the nature of God, Quaker Greg Woods stopped questioning “what God did or did not do” when he started seeing himself as a part of the body of Christ.