Our First Day Schools are an entry point to meeting life for our children. In addition to FDS on Sunday mornings, Friends involved with this work are the Friends who know the children best and are always looking for how to draw them into the life of the Spirit while also making sure there are enough crayons in the cupboard. The First Day School Threadletter is a regular way of sharing ideas, wisdom, struggles and inbreaking of Light among Friends who are led in this ministry.
Worship and Children
True worship may be experienced at any time; in any place-alone on the hills or in the busy daily life-we may find God, in whom we live and move and have our being. But this individual experience is not sufficient, and in a meeting held in the Spirit there is a giving and receiving between its members, one helping another with or without words. So there may come a wider vision and a deeper experience.
London Yearly Meeting Revision Committee
This sense of true worship is a foundation of our faith. The practice of it then is foundational for our children. This issue of the FDS Threadletter includes stories, reflections and tools to help meetings nurture their children’s experience of worship. Friends who are also subscribed to the Worship & Ministry Threadletter will notice that these same stories are featured in that newsletter this month because this is a concern for all Friends, not just those teaching First Day School.
How to Grow Multigenerational Community from a Seed
Wilmington Meeting just needs a pumpkin seed to grow an experience for our whole Quaker community. From multigenerational community to Friends’ discernment process, this annual event has it all in a simple program any meeting can do. Read the full story…
Perspectives on the Holidays
Friends’ approach to holidays and “the day the world calls Christmas” offer quite a range – from keeping the day holy as every other day in the old traditional manner of Friends, to pageants, choirs, service and dinners. This month’s Threadletter shares some perspectives and wisdom on Christmas from around the Yearly Meeting.
- Message from the Field: Keeping Christmas
- Reflection from Experience: Celebrating the holidays with joy and simplicity
- Resource: Christmas Resources for First Day School
The Threads of our Ministries Weave Us Together
This is the inaugural issue of PYM First Day School Threadletter! Threadletters are bi-monthly e-newsletters which allow us to share the work, wisdom and resources for a thread of ministry that weaves through our meetings. This threadletter is for Friends who are called to nurture the spiritual lives of our children.
- A Message from the Field: The Yearly Meeting Supports the Spiritual Lives of Children
- Reflection from Experience: Beginning a New First Day School Year
- Resource: Faith & Play™ Website and New Faith & Play™ Curriculum
What are Threadletters?
PYM Thread e-newsletters, or Threadletters, are for Friends with a concern for a particular thread, or primary concern, of the life of the monthly meeting. The newsletters bring Friends together across meetings and bring meetings together across the Yearly Meeting. They allow us to share the work that we are engaged in, the wisdom among us and resources that support us.
Threadletters are published bi-monthly, five times a year in odd numbered months. Friends may receive the threadletter by subscribing using the link to the right.
Feature: A Message from the Field
Each issue includes “A Message from the Field” with information about something happening in the Yearly Meeting that is of particular interest to Friends with a concern for nurturing the spiritual lives of our children. The message could be a report on an event that has happened or a sharing about ongoing work; in any case, it is about something that is replicable or joinable or usable in some significant way by readers.
Feature: Reflection from Experience
“Reflection from Experience” stories are written by Friends who have experience and wisdom to share from their deep involvement in the work of teaching and caring for the spiritual lives of children. They may be practical, they may be inspirational. The articles lift up leadership, share the light of others and of inspire Friends.
Each issue of the Threadletter features a Resource that is useful to Friends who are active in caring for children in the meeting. The resource could be a website, a book, a tool or a curriculum to share a few examples. First Day School Teachers and Religious Education committees are always on the lookout for new resources and the Threadletter lifts one up each issue.
How to Contribute
Share news of your meeting’s work, ask for help from others or let Friends know about an upcoming event by submitting information and stories to the threadletter. You can also share ideas for the featured stories in the Threadletter. To contribute, contact the Associate Secretary for Program & Religious Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-241-7008.