Our Children and Young People

Children are always welcome at Goose Creek. Like our Quaker forebears, we believe that God’s Light shines particularly brightly in children and we are careful to nurture that Light with tenderness and care. 

Last week’s recipe: Mason Jar Ice Cream

August 1 – Outdoor First Day School, 10:00-10:45

This First Day we’ll continue our reading of Faith & Practice (1988 version), pages 8-12, “The Early Quaker Testimonies” and then walk to the creek or have some Nature-Play-Kit fun outside by Oakdale School. Long pants and sturdy shoes suggested due to ticks and poison ivy. Masks required for all non-vaccinated Friends. Masks, hand-sanitizer, and natural bug repellent will be available.

Online First Day School: Simplicity

This month we are keeping things simple and combining our in-person lesson with our online one! Simplicity is one of the “S”s in SPICES! Click here to visit our First Day School page for this week’s lesson AND recipe!

August 2021 Calendar

  • Wednesday, August 18th, 6:00 PM: (Zoom) Religious Education Committee Meeting. All are welcome, please join us.
  • Saturday, August 28th, 1:00 PM: (Google Meet), Quaker Parenting Group
  • Sunday, August 29th, 7:30 PM: (Google Meet), Teen Group, ages 12/13-17/18
  • Thursdays, 5:00 PM: (Google Meet) First Day School lessons and faith discussion. All are welcome! Contact Cameron or Maria, co-clerks, Religious Education Committee

Guidelines: Outdoor First Day School

  • Families can either gather outside on the Meeting House porch (main entrance) or indoors* between 9:45-10:00 and share silent worship.
  • Masks are now required for everyone inside Meeting House and for all non-vaccinated Friends outdoors as well.
  • We will have a box of new masks for anyone needed one plus hand-sanitizer;
  • At 10:00 the children (and parents too if they would like) and two Friendly Adult Presences (FAPs) will move to the porch of the First Day School room to start the lesson;
  • At 10:45, the children will gather again on the Meeting House porch (main entrance area) and wait with the FAPs to join their families and friends;
  • We suggest that everyone participating in the outdoor First Day School group consider bringing water, hats, a blanket, and wear sturdy shoes;
  • Parents of infants and toddlers are asked to stay with them during First Day School until we have arrangements for the nursery;
  • To use the restroom during Meeting for Worship, the children and adults are asked to use the First Day School room entrance to enter the Meeting House. Masks are required to enter the Meeting House;
  • Currently no snacks are currently being offered at the Meeting House; and,
  • Thank you for your patience as we enter into post-pandemic life!

*The ad-hoc committee on reopening the Meeting House recommended that we reopen the Meeting House to our children for the first 15 minutes of Meeting for Worship, with masks worn by any unvaccinated children. First Day School will continue to be held outdoors for now; and the Religious Education Committee will reevaluate guidelines in the fall.

When we are able to meet in person again, each Sunday we have a nursery for children from birth to kindergarten and First Day School for kindergarteners to 12th graders. Babies, children, and young Friends begin worship with the adults at 9:45 in the meeting room. At 10 a.m., led by the teachers, they leave Meeting for Worship and move to the gathering room for the nursery and First Day School.

Lessons cover everything from Quaker history and testimonies, to the Bible and Christianity, other faith practices, and spiritual paths.

In the lessons, the adults not only seek to impart knowledge but also to listen to each child with a whole heart and to allow them space and respect to find that of God within him or herself.

At the end of the school year, Goose Creek holds Book Sunday – this year on June 7, 2020 – where every child who participated in First Day School over the previous year is presented with a book. This is followed by an ice cream social to celebrate the start of the summer vacation.

We also encourage our young people to participate in Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Camping Program, where they can experience wholesome fun outdoors and learn how to “live” the Quaker Way of peace and mutual respect and love in community with other young people. During the school year, middle and high schoolers can also participate in BYM’s Young Friends and Junior Young Friends weekends.

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160