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Children and young people's work update Novermber 2014



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  

Quaker Youth Work Conference: This takes place on 8 November at Sheffield meeting. 30 people are booked on and it promises to be a worthwhile day as those involved in working with Quaker teenagers have the opportunity to share and learn together. The focus of the day is exploring ways of engaging young people in considering the peace testimony and its implications for young Quakers today.


Things to do

A day for reimagining children and young people’s work at Friends House London, on Saturday 29 November. This day is for Friends in meetings, including young people, elders and overseers, who have an interest in and wish to explore and think about their meeting developing new approaches to engagement with children, young people and families. Over 60 people are booked onto this day. If you wish to participate in the day you need to do so prior to the closing date of 10 November. For details and booking information go to

Facing the Unthinkable seminars: Run by the Churches Child Protection Advisory service to consider the implications of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. The days include considering how to deal with allegations of abuse, when to contact the authorities, how to make meetings safer for all and how to implement safeguarding policies. There is a seminar taking place in London on 6 December. For details of this and other opportunities go to

Leaveners Project - The Big Sing: Deck the halls with more than just holly for this year’s festive themed Big Sing! Bring your voices, your instruments and your favourite songs to Peterborough Meeting House for a weekend of good food, fun, Friends and of course, singing! The Big Sing is a residential weekend 12 – 14 December run by the Leaveners of singing workshops and music making; all levels of singing experience are welcome, from beginners to professionals – being able to read music is helpful but not necessary. To find out more information or to request a booking form contact Charlie in the Leaveners office at or go to


Things to use

Peaceable schools award: The organisation, Spiritual England, has been working hard on its Peaceable Schools award campaign. To find out more and download a leaflet go to                     This opportunity might be something that children or families could take into schools or publicise locally.

Resources for Remembrance: Quaker Peace & Social Witness have resources and suggestions for meetings and individual Friends wanting to express their commitment to peace and their opposition to war and militarism on Remembrance Day and the period leading up to it. There is still time to order and wear white poppies and to organise an event at your Meeting House or a local war memorial on Remembrance Sunday. We can show respect for the dead, the injured and their families while at the same time affirming our faith and commitment to live in that life and power that takes away the occasion of all war. Contact Tim Wallis  020 7663 1067, Interim Programme Manager, Peace & Disarmament for further information.


Things to tell children 

An Advent calendar to download.   ROOTS is an ecumenical children, young people’s, adult and all age resource magazine. This autumn they are offering a downloadable Advent calendar for all to use. It has the title of watching and waiting. It is available at


Things useful to know

Godly Play Conference: There will be a special 'Godly Play Conference' next year, on 10 - 11 April 2015, at St. Mary's Church, Putney, where Dr Jerome Berryman will be the guest speaker. There will be more information soon on the Godly Play website


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.