Child Care & Religious Education for Children, Youth, and Adults

  1. Child Care (6 mo through pre-K)
    • Sign up to volunteer in child care (6 mo through pre-K) and/or to help with Summer Playground Supervision (children through 6th grade).
  2. First Day School: Religious Education for Children & Youth (Grades K-8)
  3. Adult Religious Education (ARE) Programs

Child Care (6 mo through pre-K)

BFM offers child care in the Sidwell Friends Day Care room on the lower level of the Meetinghouse.

  • Every Sunday during the 11:00 am Meeting for Worship for preschool age children (ages 6 mo until Kindergarten age)
  • During the monthly Business Meeting and other special events (such as weddings and memorial services) for children ages 6 mo through 6th Grade.
Child Care room

Child Care Room
On Sundays, please bring your child directly to the Child Care Room before Meeting begins.
The room opens at 10:40 am. Pickup is at 12:20 pm.
The child care room is staffed by an early childhood professional plus an adult volunteer. It has cribs and changing tables. There are a variety of toys as well as crayons, books, and play dough for different age levels. Snacks are water and Ritz or Graham crackers.
To join the Child Care Volunteer List, click here.Child Care room
To see the Child Care provider schedule, click here

Youth Safety Policy (2005)

Religious Education (RE) for Children & Youth (Grades K-8)

BFM's religious education classes for children grades K-8 is called "First Day School" (FDS) and emphasizes Quaker values & history, Bible stories, and community service activities. It is held each Sunday during the school year (except for holiday Sundays).

  • 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays: Children meet for multi-age activities. Parents are welcome to join their children.
  • 2nd & 4th Sundays: Classes are held for K-2nd graders and for 3rd-8th graders. Parents are encouraged to help the teachers on a regular rotation.
  • To learn more about this year's classes, please click here.
  •   Upcoming events are always featured in the BFM Newsletter.
  • During the summer, children K-6th Grade are supervised in the playground or at other informal activities. 
    Coloring Easter eggs for Martha's Table
    (above) Coloring Easter eggs for
    Martha's Table
    (below) BFM Walkathon
    for the Homeless 
    BFM walkathon for the homeless

    Schedule for FDS children
    11:00 - Children K-8 attend Meeting for Worship in the Meetinghouse with their parents for the first 15 minutes.
    11:15 - Children leave the Meeting and meet their teachers for First Day School classes and activities.
    12:00 noon - Children return to Meeting with their teachers. They may wait quietly in the library or rejoin their parents in Meeting.
    12:15 - Refreshments in the Library. [Note: On the second Sunday of the month, potluck is held in the All-Purpose room of the Groome Building.]

    Friends Meeting of Washington, DC keeps an updated list of Quaker camps for children of various ages and interests. Please click here for more information
    Friends Meeting of Washington, DC 
    also has a wonderful list of resources to support parents as we integrate Quaker beliefs and practices into our family life.
    This link goes to a catalogue with 
    all of the issues of the children and young people’s work resource titled "Journeys in the Spirit." It is a treasure trove and includes the special issues as produced by Quaker Life in London, England (2007-2016).  
    BFM Youth Safety Policy (2005) (currently being updated)

    Adult Religious Education (ARE) Programs

    Adult Religious Education (ARE) holds information and discussion classes each month during the school year. Everyone is welcome to drop in and join in! 

    Click here for a list of ARE programs, or go to our Newsletter page or check our Monthly Website Calendar.  
    BFM youth collected many coats for Syrian refugees

    BFM youth collected many coats for Syrian refugees

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    Bethesda Friends Meeting
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    P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824
    Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland
    We are a member of the Religious Society of Friends
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