Vase in Worship

Teaching the Practice of Worship

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This free, downloadable brochure offers a starting place for families and meetings seeking to nurture the capacity of children to worship in the manner of Friends. The pamphlet provides teaching guidelines for adults along with reminders of how children can lead adults into spiritual connection.

As Friends, we share the understanding that we each, regardless of our age, have within us the capacity for connection to the Divine. The capacity is there regardless of our intent to nurture it. But our ability to nurture it is what then supports and encourages us to live from the Center, to let our lives speak, to experience ourselves as children of God.

Adults who have the care of children, including parents, teachers, friends and Meeting communities which serve as the spiritual home for children, have a particular responsibility for teaching children how to access their capacity for connection. Adults need to shape the external lives of our children and nurture their internal lives. This pamphlet offers ideas and suggestions for adults to teach children the practice of worship, both in Meeting for Worship and in their daily lives.

Author: Christie Duncan-Tessmer


Publisher: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Age Group: Adults

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TopicsCentering, Quaker Faith & Practice, With Children, With Small Children, With Teens, With Toddlers

An Introduction

The Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) is an international, cross-branch, grassroots network of Friends sharing a stewardship for lifelong Quaker faith formation through religious education. We formed in April 2014 and now serve more than 300 Friends in our network. We actively engage and support each other across languages and continents. We gather for regional and annual conferences and offer monthly Conversation Circles via an online conferencing platform.

Steering Circle

We share leadership as part of our collaborative mission, making decisions using the Quaker ‘sense of the meeting’ process, sitting in expectant, worshipful waiting for the emergence of shared truth. Read more…

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The Resource Library

Finders Guide, a sampling of the collection

The QREC Resource Library is a place to share lessons and other educational information in support of our work as Quaker religious educators. This library is a forum for curricula, articles, videos and other educational materials on Quaker themes. You will also find principles, policies and procedures to strengthen operation of your child, youth and adult religious education programs.

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Find renewal, companionship, and help for nitty gritty issues in Quaker religious education, all the while opening spaces for Spirit to work and listening together for God’s way forward.

QREC holds an annual conference and retreat. In addition we hold online Conversation Circles and post other religious education events as we learn about them.

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Online conferences for Quaker religious educators to share about their work. Conversations are scheduled for two sessions per topic to encourage international participation.  Join the conversation…

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Home is the heart of faith formation for all families. This is especially true for Friends. As an experiential religion, Quakerism is best learned through living in loving community. Indeed, the vast majority of faith formation for our young Friends happens at home in the busy swirl of daily life.

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