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Children and young people's work update March 2015

 

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News

Journeys in the Spirit updated catalogue: A year ago a catalogue was produced listing all Journeys in the Spirit issues (children’s work and youth work editions) since its inception in 2007. This was welcomed and helped people know what topics had been covered and were available for use. This catalogue has now been updated to include all 2014’s issues. A copy of this will be sent with next month’s Journeys in the Spirit to all those who receive a paper copy, those who only receive this by email can request to be sent the updated catalogue (this will be available by the end of March) by contacting Thais De Oliveira, on 020 7663 1013 or cypadmin@quaker.org.uk   

BYM Programmes: The programmes that enable 0 – 18 year olds to engage with BYM (May 1 – 4) in age appropriate ways are filling up. Advance bookings are needed for all programmes and this month is the last opportunity to book before the deadlines. The Children's Programme (ages 0 to 11) takes place at Friends House on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of BYM, for information see www.quaker.org.uk/childrens-programme-2015. The Young People's Programme (ages 11 to 15), is a residential event taking place at High Leigh, Hoddesdon from the Friday to Monday of BYM, for information see www.quaker.org.uk/young-peoples-programme-2015. Junior Yearly Meeting (ages 15 – 18), is a residential event taking place at Lee Valley YHA from the Friday to Monday of BYM, for information see www.quaker.org.uk/junior-yearly-meeting-2015.

Things to do

Storytelling as theological reflection workshop: At Luton Meeting on Saturday 28 March (closing date for bookings is 14.3.15). This workshop considers an approach to storytelling known as ‘Godly Play’, which puts children’s responses at the heart of the experience. The workshop offers the opportunity to experience and try out Godly Play stories. This workshop is open to all. Advance booking necessary, for information and booking details www.quaker.org.uk/workshops, alternatively email cypadmin@quaker.org.uk or telephone 020 7663 1013. 

Storytelling as theological reflection workshop: At Lancaster Meeting on Saturday 30 May (closing date for bookings is 15.5.15). This workshop considers an approach to storytelling known as ‘Godly Play’, which puts children’s responses at the heart of the experience. The workshop offers the opportunity to experience and try out Godly Play stories. This workshop is open to all. Advance booking necessary, for information and booking details www.quaker.org.uk/workshops, alternatively email cypadmin@quaker.org.uk or telephone 020 7663 1013. 

Building relationships in Children’s meeting – nurture and discipline workshop: At Friends House (organised by London Quakers) on Saturday 13 June (closing date for bookings is 29.5.15). This workshop is for people in meetings working with children who wish to develop their skills and approaches or people who are considering working with children in meetings. This workshop is open to all. Advance booking necessary, for information and booking details www.quaker.org.uk/workshops, email cypadmin@quaker.org.uk or telephone 020 7663 1013.  

Things to use

What about the children in our meeting? When meetings want to be ready for when families with children come to a meeting or when a meeting wants to start a children’s meeting, it is often hard for them to know how to start. One way is for the meeting to wonder and talk about why they want to do it and to consider what the purpose of having a children’s meeting might be. This pack has simple outlines for 3 sessions that Friends in a meeting can work through together to explore this idea. It is downloadable from www.quaker.org.uk/working-children-0-12-years-0 . You can also ask for a paper copy by emailing cypadmin@quaker.org.uk or phoning 020 7663 1013. 

Things to tell children 

Taking action on climate change: The Climate Coalition, of which QPSW is a member organisation, are asking for children and young people (under 18) to make films about climate change. The films can be submitted by an individual or a group. Some of the submitted films will be developed with a professional film maker. For more info see http://fortheloveof.org.uk/closeup/

Things useful to know

Quaker Peace Education Network: Are organising for Over the Top, a dramatic response to the militarisation of education, to come to Friends House on 24 March at 5pm. This touring forum theatre show was commissioned by Central England Quakers and is suitable for those 14 years and over. Book on line at http://bit.ly/JmCxSQ 

Woodbrooke’s Young Adult Leadership Programme: Is a 12 month programme for 19 – 28 year olds to strengthen knowledge of Quakerism and link people up. Recruitment is underway for the programme beginning in July 2015, see www.woodbrooke.org.uk/youngadults for details. 

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.