Children — Nursery through Elementary School


Nursery care is available for children under three years old on Sunday mornings. The nursery staff consists of two caring adults who are in the room at all times and are supervised by the Youth Ministries and Education Coordinator at Age appropriate toys are available in the room.

Hours: Sept – June, 9:15 am – 12:15 pm
July – Aug, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Pre-School and Elementary School Age Children

First Day School (FDS) is the Quaker equivalent of Sunday School. FDS is available to the children of members, attenders, and visitors, ages 3 and older. The First Day School is under the care of the Youth Ministries and Education Coordinator. First Day School classes are clustered by grade levels, usually grouped as: preschool (ages 3 & 4), K-2, 3-5. Regular attendance is encouraged, but one-time or irregular attenders are also welcome.

Hours: 9:15 – 10:30am childcare available
10:30 – 10:45am children attend Meeting for Worship
10:45 – 11:45am classes meet in classrooms

After 15 minutes of silent worship in the Meeting House, the Friend holding the FDS banner rises and quietly leaves the Meeting House. This is the cue for children, teachers, and parents who wish to assist their child to rise and follow the banner to the classrooms in the Friends Center.

Beyond the Walls of Friends Meeting at Cambridge

Retreats – New England Yearly Meeting: The youth at FMC are regularly involved with retreats sponsored by the New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM).

Junior Yearly Meeting Retreats
Elementary school-aged youth in 2nd through 6th grade are invited to participate in Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) activities, Quaker youth programs within NEYM. Weekend-long retreats are offered between September and May in various locations throughout New England. These provide opportunities for youth to connect with Friends beyond FMC while exploring topics relevant to their Quaker faith. For more information, contact Gretchen Baker-Smith at or go to: