Eugene Friends Meeting

Eugene Friends Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends ("Quakers")

Childcare and First Day School

Our Children’s Program is called First Day School because historically Quakers call Sunday, “First Day”. The purpose of First Day School is to provide an inviting environment for children to connect with each other and the Spirit within, and to experience a sense of community.

Our schedule:

We welcome children and youth to our 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship! Children are invited to spend the first 10 minutes of worship with their parents, then exit together at 11:10 for First Day School. Parents can come along for the circle time introductions, and then are invited to stay nearby for a Parent’s Circle, or return to the Meeting Room for worship.

First Sunday of the month, at 11:10 a.m: Intergenerational

Intergenerational Worship: Share a more active worship with all ages, as an option to our unprogrammed worship (both happening concurrently in different rooms!).

Sunday, March 3, Intergenerational Meeting for Worship 11:10 a.m.: Please join us for the First Sunday Intergenerational worship on the topic of Spring Potential. Friends of all ages are welcome to come to the West Room to share what’s hatching in your spiritual life, and to make decorated cascarone eggs filled with confetti. 

All Other Sundays of the month, at 11:00 a.m.: Seek & Play

February Seek & Play: Peace in the Storm Stories 

Responding to our recent ice storm, we’ll be listening to stories about people responding with peace in the midst of storms. We’ll have an African folk story about a flooding river, the story of Jesus calming the storm, and the Quaker story of Tom Fox’s work in Iraq with Community Peacemaker Teams (formerly Christian Peacemaker Teams.

Seek & Play: an hour long play-based learning program for children aged 2-12.
Seek & Play is a Montessori based Quaker curriculum developed at Eugene Friends Meeting and based off the work of Jerome Berryman. It offers an interfaith forum for children to ask questions, play, develop skills to be seekers in their own lives, and explore the values of community, integrity, stewardship, peace, equality, simplicity, silence, and nonviolence.

0-2 year olds are encouraged to join any of our activities with a responsible adult presence – If you would like a volunteer care-giver or baby holder so you can attend worship, please contact Children’s Religious Education in advance.

Middle and Junior Friends aged 12 – 17 are also welcomed to join, for peer directed activities following the same vein. Group decision-making offers chances for fun and candid conversations, with an emphasis on belonging, agency, and inner awareness.

Updated 3/2/2024