The Quaker Life children and young people's staff team organise a national programme of events for young Quakers of all ages.

Our events

Each event aims to bring together children and young people from across Britain Yearly Meeting. Children and young people are provided with opportunities to support their spiritual growth, personal development and understanding of Quaker faith and practice. They are encouraged to explore their faith and spiritual lives within their Quaker community.

Events for young Quakers are by age category, with some events taking place as part of a three year cycle. There are also all-age worshiping communities and regionally based events, which help connect Quaker meetings in the same region.

Booking details for all children & young people's events including Yearly Meeting

Events by age group

    Resource

    Three year cycle of events

    Discernment by Yearly Meeting Agenda Committee and Quaker Life Central Committee on the three year cycle of events for children and young people

    Image © Mike Pinches 2015

    Events for ages 0 to 11

    2016 Events

    Yearly Meeting Children's Programme

    The children's programme was attended by 60 children aged between one and 11 and a lovely time was had by all. The theme was 'Using our gifts for good' and each age group explored what their gifts were and enjoyed using them over the weekend to bless those around them. Attached is the Yearly Meeting 2016 Children's Programme minutes.pdf

    Events for ages 11 to 15

    2016 Events

    Living as a Quaker

    This weekend event took place from 21 - 23 October at Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead and provided an opportunity for young Quakers aged 12 to 15 to explore Quaker identity, values and beliefs.They were supported to strengthen their understanding of Quakerism and encouraged to explore what they think and feel in their daily lives, in relation to their faith and spirituality.

    Photos from the event will be available soon on the past event page on YQSpace the website for young Quakers.

    Young People's Programme

    This event took place at the same time as Yearly Meeting, 27–30 May at Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead. This residential event was attended by 40 young people aged 11 to 15. It provided them with an opportunity to explore Yearly Meeting topics in age appropriate ways. The Young People's Programme was built around the theme 'Why are Quakers active in the World?' The event was a great success and the young people enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Attached is the Yearly Meeting 2016 Young People's Programme Minute.pdf

    Photos and a video from the event are available on the past event page on YQSpace.

    Events for ages 15 to 18

    2017 Events

    Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) is an event for young people aged 14 to17 (born between 1.9.1999 and 31.8.2002, inclusive). For details about nominating to JYM 2017 visit the news and event page on the Quaker website. For information for young people interested in attending JYM 2017 visit the event page on YQSpace.

    2016 Events

    Facilitation and Leadership

    This was a training weekend for young people aged 15 to 21. It helped to develop skills in young Quakers who are involved in a wide range of activities including:

    • Planning and facilitating activities with their peers, or
    • are hoping to become an adult volunteer.

    For information about this training weekend please contact the CYP Administrator cypadmin@quaker.org.uk or 020 7663 1013.

    Accompanying

    Accompanying was an opportunity for 15-18 year olds to attend Yearly Meeting 2016. There were 10 participants who attended Yearly Meeting sessions and evening social activities, along with four adult volunteers.

    The silence was extremely intense and the contributions were profound and moved me a lot.

    I found participating in Yearly Meeting challenging at first but ultimately rewarding.

    I felt connected to and respected by older Quakers.

    The session about testing a concern was very inspiring as it showed how you personally could begin to make a difference no matter how small.

    Junior Yearly Meeting

    This was a residential event for ages 15 to 18 held from 2–6 April, 2016. For details about the Junior Yearly Meeting 2016 including the Epistle and Minute and event photos visit the past event page on ypspace.

    For further information about Accompanying, which happened in May and JYM, which happened in April go to the past event page on YQSpace.

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    Three year cycle of Junior Yearly Meeting events

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    Events across age ranges

    2016

    Exploring worship – being a spiritual warrior

    Exploring Worship took place at Woodbrooke over the weekend of 15-17 July. It was attended by 22 children with the grown - ups having their own programme. Children learned about worship, played games, heard stories, did craft and ended by organising an all age worship for those attending.

    2017

    Living our faith in the world

    A five day event for young Quakers aged 13 to 17 and their friends taking place from 8 to 13 April 2017 at Embercombe, Exeter, Devon.

    Participating in a leadership programme young people will learn from the environment by contributing to tasks such as gardening, building and cooking. They will learn sustainable living skills and reflect on their experience. For further information go to the Living our faith in the world event on the BYM event page on YQ Space or email: cypadmin@quaker.org.uk or 020 7663 1013.

    Events for all age worshipping communities

    We are committed to offering opportunities for all-age gatherings where this is possible.

    Regional events

    Link groups

    Link groups are Quaker youth groups for young Quakers from neighbouring area meetings. To find out if there is a link group near you look at the find an event page of the yqspace website for young Quakers.

    Young Quakers Calendar

    The calendar includes information on national events which includes; Junior Yearly Meeting, The Young People's Programme, Leaveners, summer events, regional events and link groups. The calendar can be found by going to the find an event page of the yqspace website for young Quakers.

    Past events

    Pictures, videos and fun stuff from all of the events that have taken place can be found at www.yqspace.org.uk.




    Header image © Mike Pinches 2015

    Contact us

    CYP Administrator
    cypadmin@quaker.org.uk
    020 7663 1013