Dear Friends,

The weather is no indication, but Summer is *unofficially* here! We have lots of fun activities in store!

First Day Forum / Over the years, the Religious Education Committee has tried several approaches to Summer First Day Forum. We’ve shared queries, done book discussions and watched QuakerSpeak videos together. This year, I am SUPER EXCITED to announce that we will spend our time during First Day Forum sharing about books we’ve read for the Quaker Reading Challenge! What is the Quaker Reading Challenge? Glad you asked! This summer Friends are invited to read and share about as many Quaker books, pamphlets, and magazines as they can. And there will be prizes! Think baked goods, t-shirts, books, and maybe a quilt square by one of our very skilled sewists.

Where will you find Quaker books?! We have an incredible resource right in our very own meetinghouse that Friends may not be aware of. Have you visited the NGFM Library? Did you know that you can check out books about any number of things, including Quakers? Kids books too! Well you can. If you have questions about how to do so, reach out. I’d be happy to show you. And stay posted for more information in upcoming weeks.

Father’s Day Child Dedications
As many of you may know, it has been our tradition at New Garden Friends Meeting to dedicate children to our community on both Mother’s and Father’s day. If you are interested in having your child dedicated next on Father’s Day (or any other time), please email me so that we can make arrangements to do so.

Have you registered for Summer Program?
Join us June12-15, 9:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. June is fast approaching!

This week long, cooperative program takes on a different theme each year. Participants engage in a number of activities that are centered around that theme. Some activities include short lessons, crafts, music, and outdoor games. This year, our theme is Telling Our Stories!

We hope Friends of all ages will join us as participants and/or volunteers for this wonderful week of learning, fun, and fellowship.
Email me to register. [email protected]

–– Warmly, Karin

Children are Welcome at Meeting for Worship!

All children are invited and encouraged to join us during Meeting for Worship. There is a blanket in the back corner of the meetingroom for children to sit on for Meeting for Wiggles. They are welcome to bring small, quiet toys to play with. Crayons and activity packets are available in the foyer outside the Worship room.
Childcare is available beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the rise of Meeting for Worship.

Please email Karin Heller if you plan to use childcare to ensure coverage. [email protected]

First Day Forum- 9:45-10:45 a.m. (hybrid):
Join us for an introduction to the Quaker Reading Challenge. Those who are able to join us in person will end a few minutes early to take a brief tour of the NGFM library before the start of semi-programmed Meeting for Worship.