FDS Events

This month’s theme is Integrity

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 10:30-11:40 am
The younger children heard the story of George Fox told through Godly Play story format.

The older youth watched the QuakerSpeak video: “Why I Bockaded 40,000 Tons of Coal with a Lobster Boat”

We put together Hygiene Kits for MAAP during Meeting for Business. Here is more information.

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 10:30-11:40 am
Family Worship. Theme: “Integrity: Acting from Truth.” . Sing! Play! Worship! Join us as we build community among Friends of all ages. All are welcome whether you come with a child or not.

Anna Hopkins, Friends Camp Director, will be visiting FMC this Sunday to talk about Friends Camp in Maine during Coffee Hour. Over the years, many of our youth have had great times attending Friends Camp. I highly recommend the camp!

Looking Ahead

Child Safety Meeting & FDS Parents’ Meeting
Sunday, March 15, at 1:15 PM

According to the meeting’s Child Safety Policy, there will be a yearly educational event on Child Safety. This year it will be led by Jan Nisenbaum.

Afterwards, there will be a FDS parents’ meeting.

More details to come! Childcare will be provided.

Craft Evening and Potluck
Saturday, March 28, 5:00-7:00 pm

Come and share in art making of all kinds. Unlock your creativity in a supportive environment! We will have supplies but you can also bring your own supplies for your project or to share. See our flyer here.

This event is open to everyone, with children in mind.

Please bring a dish to share if you are able.

Upcoming Meeting Retreats

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. Details and registration form are here.

At the All-Meeting Retreat, we are going to put together a group art installation. We are looking for the following items for the installation:

  • Old office Supplies
  • Yarn
  • Wood blocks
  • Extension cords
  • Things you have no use for

We will have the art displayed in the Friends Center after the retreat.

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 this event will be announced as the time gets closer.

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!

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.