We are the Middle School Friends and these are some things we appreciate:
- Doing a lot of AFSC projects when older kids help younger kids
- Writing a newspaper for the Meeting
- Making friends when enough kids come
- An overnight when we made chili for a homeless shelter, came back to the Meeting and watched a movie about Dorothy Day
- Singing songs before meeting
- Listening to a story, doing some sharing about it and then doing an art project
Some of our concerns are:
- There are not a steady group in First-day School — sometimes there are two people and sometimes ten and it is hard when there isn’t a commitment to come regularly.
- There is no one my age and three older kids get to do whatever they want (don’t have to come to meeting) and it isn’t fair.
- Even if there are only a few of us we ought to have our own class and not always be with the younger ones.
- More learning about other religions
- We spend so much time reading the New Testament. Could we read the Old Testament or go to a soup kitchen once a month?
- I wish we could do some activism as First-day Schools — not marching in demonstrations every Sunday but writing letters or something.
- Could there be more to do with everyone in the Meeting so that older and younger people can be friends?
July 22, 2001