Children and young people's work news
Children and young people's work update Novermber 2014
Volunteers needed: The success of the BYM events this year with children and young people is due in no small part to the commitment and skills of the many who volunteered for event teams. Please consider whether you are able to offer your service to one or more of the event teams in 2015 when there are seven different events being planned. If you would like to volunteer please follow the link to www.quaker.org.uk/cyp-volunteers-2015 where you will find links to a summary of the planned events, detailed volunteer role outlines for each event and an online offer of service form. Offers of service should be returned by December 31.
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
Things to use
Forces Watch new publication: Spectacle, Reality, Resistance: Confronting a culture of militarism by David Gee, 148pp, £7 available from www.forceswatch.net/content/spectacle-reality-resistance. This book takes a fresh look at a culture of militarism in Britain, public resistance to it and the government's increasingly prodigious efforts to regain control of the story we tell ourselves about war.
Faith and Play: In the USA the Friends General Conference Quaker Press has published a set of Quaker stories for Friends Trained in the Godly Play method. At the moment this includes 11 stories including Listening for God and George Fox’s big discovery. A pdf copy of the book can be bought online at www.fgcquaker.org/faithandplay/ for about £8.00. The book contains story scripts and pictures of the story kit. More information is at www.fgcquaker.org/services/faith-play
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
Things useful to know
Children’s Society online calendar: This is prepared to offer a way for individuals to spend time reflecting during this busy season. Each day a different approach will lead you gently through the wait so that in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the season, you will find a moment of stillness to pray, to reflect, to laugh or to think. The all-too-real experience of poverty or neglect of too many children in this country today is set alongside your journey. Go to Advent calendar
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.