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

    2019 Events

    Yearly Meeting 2019 Children's Programme

    This event is for 0 to 11 year olds (up to England and Wales school year 6), taking place at Friends House during Yearly Meeting sessions on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, including the Swarthmoor lecture. Children will be separated into up to four age groups, depending on the age split of bookings. Each age group will follow a structured programme that explores some of the YM topics, as well as including fun and community building activities. All children must have a responsible adult present in Friends House. To book onto this event go to www.quaker.org.uk/ym. Bookings close 22 March 2019.

    2018 Events

    Yearly Meeting 2018 Children's Programme

    Yearly Meeting 2018 Children's Programme for ages 0 to 11 took place from 5 - 7 May at Friends House London. During Yearly Meeting the Children's programme was on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the mornings and afternoons.

    We welcomed 66 children to the Children's Programme at Yearly Meeting. We had a wonderful time on the children's programme creating, playing, singing, dancing, worshipping and learning.

    You can read the Minutes from the Children's Programme's here:

    Fox Cubs 2018 Minute.pdf

    New Shoots 2018 Minute.pdf

    Penn Friends 2018 Minute.pdf

    Spiritual Adventurers 2018 Minute.pdf

    Live Adventurously

    Live Adventurously took place at Gilwell Park Activity Centre from 25 - 27 July. 26 children explored what it meant to be a Quaker adventurer through stories, games and having a go at some real adventurous activities! Worship and discussions in small groups allowed reflection on what being a Quaker and 'living adventurously' means. Participants enjoyed getting to know other young Quakers and dancing and eating marshmallows around a campfire. Reflections at the end of the event revealed that an adventurous couple of days had led some people to conquer fears and others to go beyond their own expectations, truly living adventurously.

    Events for ages 11 to 15

    2019 Events

    Yearly Meeting 2019 Young People's Programme

    The Young People's Programme (YPP) is a residential event for 11 to 15 year olds (England and Wales school years 7, 8, 9 and 10), taking place at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. YPP runs from Friday evening to Monday afternoon. Participants will join the final Yearly Meeting session on Monday afternoon at Friends House where the event will finish. YPP helps young Friends to engage with Yearly Meeting topics, explore their faith and practice, whilst including space for building community and taking part in fun activities. To book onto this event go to www.quaker.org.uk/ym. Bookings close 22 March 2019.

    2018 Events

    Yearly Meeting 2018 Young People's Programme

    The Yearly Meeting 2018 Young People's Programme for ages 11 - 15 took place as a residential event from Friday 4 May – Monday 7 May, at Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead. We welcomed 37 young people to this event. Young people engaged with Yearly Meeting topics and the decision as to whether Quaker faith and practice should be revised. They made many lasting friendships and enjoyed gathering as a community.

    You can read the Minutes from the Young People's Programme here:

    YPP 2018 Minute.pdf

    Events for ages 15 to 18

    2019 Events

    Accompanying

    Accompanying is for 15 – 18 year olds (England and Wales school years 11, 12 and 13) at Yearly Meeting. Accompanying provides a space for young people to gather in Friends House and participate in Yearly Meeting, with an adult team alongside them, as well as offering some social activities. Bookings for Accompanying open in February 2019 and close on 28 April 2019.

    Junior Yearly Meeting

    2019 Events Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) is a welcoming, exciting and thought provoking event for young people born between 1.9.2000 and 31.8.2003. JYM offers everyone the opportunity to meet new people, make friends through social activities and engage with spiritual practices and ideas. The event is run by young people, who are supported by a team of adults. There are two ways to come to JYM. By "nomination or by an "open place". A Nomination is when an Area Meeting, Quaker School or Yearly Meeting asks if you would like to attend. Information about JYM nominations was sent to Area Meetings in September. See the events page for information including nominations documents.

    An Open place is for young people not currently associated with a meeting or school. See yqspace for information about applying for an open place

    2018 Events

    Facilitation and Leadership

    Facilitation and Leadership is an invigorating event for 15-21 year olds. It will help participants understand groups through exploring theories and trying out facilitation and leadership skills. For those new to facilitation and for those with previous experience. See the events page for further information.

    Junior Yearly Meeting

    Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) for young people aged 15 to 18, took place as residential event from 4 - 7 May at Lee Valley Youth Hostel, Cheshunt. The programme was arranged by a group of young people with the support of adult volunteers and staff. We welcomed 58 young to JYM and created a memorable weekend.

    You can read the Epistle from JYM here:

    JYM 2018 epistle.pdf

    Three year cycle of Junior Yearly Meeting events

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    Events across age ranges

    The next event across age ranges will be in 2018. Information will be me made available soon.

    Events for all age worshipping communities

    We are committed to offering opportunities for all-age gatherings where this is possible. Information for future events when they are planned will me made available here.

    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 young people's 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