Youth Program (Religious Education): K-8
Summary of Religious Education (RE) for Children & Youth (Grades K-8)
Religious education classes for children in grades K-8 is called "First Day School" (FDS)
First Day School (FDS) emphasizes Quaker values & history, Bible stories, and community service learning activities.
Please note that all children must be signed in and signed out of FDS or supervised play by their parent or caregiver. For new and visiting families, please fill out the short registration form.
Resources for Parents
Youth Safety Policy (2021)
Please use this link to view and download BFM's Youth Safety Policy (2021; pdf).
The policy was created to provide direction to the Meeting in the selection, hiring, and training of
practices, our goal is to protect the children and youth of Bethesda Friends Meeting from incidents of
Youth Program Procedural Manual
The information in the Youth Program Procedural Manual (Nov 2021; pdf) reflects the revised Bethesda Friends Meeting (BFM) Youth Safety Policy (YSP) that was approved in April 2021. The Procedural Manual is designed for BFM youth workers who care for and teach BFM youth, ages 6 months to 18 years, and it incorporates procedures for the Child Care Program and First Day School Program.
The manual contains useful information for parent(s)/guardian(s) and anyone interested in learning more about the BFM Child Care and Religious Education Programs.
Besides being available on the BFM website, hard copies of both the Youth Safety Policy and the Youth Program Procedural Manual are available in the Meeting library.
Do you have a question about First Day School?
Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to sharing our time with you and your children!