Religious education for our youth is important to Midlothian Friends Meeting. The Quaker testimonies of equality brushes through our relationships with our children, and so we welcome their ideas, energy, and contributions to the life of Meeting.
Classes Held on Two Sundays a Month
We hold Religious Education classes for children and young teenagers every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. On the other Sundays children are welcome to sit with their parents in worship, or play with adult supervision outside.
On the Sundays with Religious Education, the children sit with their parents for the first 15 minutes of worship, and then leave for classes in our separate RE building.
We have two adult teachers, both with extensive experience working with children. These two teachers grew up themselves in MFM, and are uniquely qualified to teach a wide variety of programs.
Some of the programs might include:
From time to time we hold special programs for the children, for example a Peacebuilder group, or an Arts and Crafts program. There are also get-togethers with other Meetings.
Traditionally, we have preferred a non-doctrinal approach during Sunday School that is experiential, concentrating on:
Quakers and Parenting
Historically, Quakers have always viewed children with the same respect given to adults. Rather than considering them parental “possessions”, Quaker parents have regarded their children as individuals to nurture and support while they are under their parents' care.
Parenting methods that use positive encouragement and natural/logical consequences instead of spanking have routinely been used by Quaker parents since the religion first began in the mid-1600s.
Within our Midlothian Quaker Meeting community, this same culture of respect permeates all interactions with our youth. We cherish the young ones among us!
We have four acres around the Meetinghouse for the children to explore, and a separate play area for a variety of ages (including infants).
In addition, sometimes the children take a short walk to a neighboring llama farm, where the owners have graciously allowed the children to pat the llamas