This pamphlet explains “Family Worship” as practiced at Friends Meeting at Cambridge. What a challenge our form of worship is for children! Even if you just consider the visuals — “still forms on every side” — it looks like a room full of adults either falling asleep or being punished with a “time out!” How can children be helped to feel the depth, the quickening, the opportunity to encounter God that draws us together?
I would like to share what many of us at Cambridge Friends Meeting have found helpful. For many years we’ve had what we call “Family Worship” the first Sunday of each month, held in the social room at the same hour as traditional unprogrammed worship in the meetinghouse. First Day School is not held that Sunday; the preschool through sixth grade children and their parents, along with any older youth or adults who wish to come, are invited. It serves as a chance for families to get acquainted, and for the rest of the meeting to have an opportunity to interact with children and families. It’s also a monthly break for First Day School teachers, since Family Worship help is recruited from outside the teacher pool.
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Author: Christel Jorgenson
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Topics: All-Age Activities, Centering, Children's Spirituality, Family, Inner Light, Prayer, Programmed, Quaker Faith & Practice, Settling, Small Meeting, Spiritual Deepening, Unprogrammed, With Friends New to Quakerism, With Parents, With Small Children