Quaker Religious Education And Families


Families with children are especially welcome at Meeting for Worship. The entire community cherishes the vitality that young children bring to Meeting for Worship. Visitors with children need not concern themselves if their children wiggle and seem to disturb the silence during Meeting for Worship. All the parents in the Meeting Room have also had that experience and are understanding. We Focus on deep listening to the God within and trust that everything else will be, as it should be. With practice, the children come to appreciate the quiet time for reflecting on things that have happened in their lives. At the end of meeting, other parents in the meeting are happy to spend time and talk about any concerns visitors might have about bringing their child to Meeting for worship.

Religious Education

Our Religious Education program works to help children understand the Quaker worship experience. We strive to help the children develop the skills so they can access the “still small voice inside” that can be both a spiritual and moral compass. For more information, a special brochure is available at the Meetinghouse, which further details Langley Hill Friends Meeting programing for children.

For children younger than 3, there is nursery care from 9:45 – 12:00. Elementary aged children leave meeting after the first 30 minutes of Worship, and under adult supervision, may go outside to play or play in the lower level. We provide a nourishing snack.

Older teens stay in Meeting for the full hour most Sundays. At the end of Meeting, the Religious Education program begins for pre-school through high school youth. The children that have been at play are escorted to their class by a representative of the Meeting’s Religious Education program. Young Friends in high school leave meeting at 11 and go to their classroom on the upper level and enjoy a snack as class begins. On the second Sunday of each month, Young Friends leave meeting for Worship when it ends at 10:30. They then go to the teen room upstairs to conduct their own Meeting for Worship with a concern for business with their volunteer adult facilitators.
All pre-school and school aged children, when not with their parent(s), are supervised by trained adult volunteers whenever they are in the Meeting House.