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Children and young people's work update Novermber 2014

 

News

Changes to Journeys in the Spirit: As has been previously communicated, from 2015 Journeys in the Spirit children’s work edition is changing in how it is produced. Subscribers will still be sent a newsletter at the beginning of each month. One month (as this month) this will have a link to a Journeys in the Spirit issue as normal, except that this will not include a topical activity. The next month the newsletter will have a link to a topical activity instead of the normal Journeys in the Spirit issue. So over the course of a year there will be six Journeys in the Spirit issues and six topical activities, each sent out every other month. This new system will still offer a range of activities for use with children in a Quaker context. Don’t forget that if more materials are required, there are plenty of back issues of Journeys in the Spirit children’s work edition that can be accessed at http://www.quaker.org.uk/journeys/archive-children      

BYM Programmes: Bookings are now being taken for the Children's Programme (ages 0 to 11), the Young People's Programme (ages 11 to 15) and Junior Yearly Meeting (ages 15 – 18) taking place alongside BYM 1 - 4 May 2015. Each programme gives the opportunity for children or young people to engage with BYM in an age appropriate way. The Children's Programme takes place at Friends House on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of BYM, for full information see www.quaker.org.uk/childrens-programme-2015. The Young People's Programme is a residential event taking place at High Leigh, Hoddesdon from the Friday to Monday of BYM, for full information see www.quaker.org.uk/young-peoples-programme-2015. Junior Yearly Meeting is a residential event taking place at Lee Valley YHA from the Friday to Monday of BYM, for full information see www.quaker.org.uk/junior-yearly-meeting-2015.

Things to do

Workshop on working with a small group of children with a wide range of ages: Taking place at Swansea meeting on Saturday 31 January (closing date for bookings 16.1.15). This workshop will equip adults in a Quaker setting to engage with a small group of children with a wide age range, helping to identify effective ways of working and exploring understanding of children’s development. For full details of this and booking information go to www.quaker.org.uk/workshops

Workshop on working with a small group of children with a wide range of ages: Taking place at St Andrews meeting on Saturday 14 March (closing date for bookings 28.2.15). This workshop will equip adults in a Quaker setting to engage with a small group of children with a wide age range, helping to identify effective ways of working and exploring understanding of children’s development. For full details of this and booking information go to www.quaker.org.uk/workshops

Godly Play 3 day training: This is at Coughton Lodge in Alcester, Warwickshire on 20-23 April, 2015. Participants will develop their practice and understanding of the art of Godly Play. Details and booking form at:www.godlyplay.org.uk/courses/.

Things to use

Food for thought video: This short video could be shown to children to encourage them to think, maybe in the light of all our ‘feasting’ over Christmas’. http://exposure.org.uk/2014/12/food-for-thought/. It uses a well-known analogy that encourages us to think about how there is enough for all if we think to help each other.

Things to tell children 

Live Adventurously: This is an exciting event for 8 – 11 year old children taking place Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 April next year. The children will have the chance to try out all sorts of adventurous activities and think about what it means to live adventurously, especially in relation to speaking with their friends about being Quaker (this links to the 2015 Quaker week theme). The event takes place in Essex and costs £75 per person (which includes coach travel to and from Friends House if required and all the activities). Bookings are now open. For full details and an online booking form go to www.quaker.org.uk/live-adventurously-2015  Bookings close 6 March.

Things useful to know

Godly Play UK Conference: A Childhood Spirituality Lecture with Rev Dr Jerome Berryman takes place at St Mary's Church, High Street, Putney SW15 1SN on 10 -11 April 2015. Jerome is the initiator of the Godly Play approach. He is giving two presentations - for details and booking go to www.godlyplay.org.uk/2014/07/07/uk-conference-with-jerome-berryman/ and click on the conference link.

Guidance for parents leaflet: In 2015 Quaker Life Children and Young People’s team are going to produce a leaflet for families coming to meetings – this will be adaptable by meetings to suit their situation. If your meeting has an information leaflet or online information for families please contact Chris Nickolay at chrisn@quaker.org.uk sending links, attachments or copies. Thank you.

Journeys in the Spirit resouce:

The Journeys in the Spirit: children’s work edition was launched in 2007; you can find out more about this by viewing the Journeys in the Spirit: children’s edition web pages that are within Resources on this site. This includes details of how to subscribe to receive this each month.

If you work with young people within a Quaker setting then the Journeys in the Spirit: youth work edition is for you. Full information about this, including subscription details, can be found on the Journeys in the Spirit: youth work edition web pages that are also within Resources on this site.