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Children and young people's work update April 2015



BYM 2015 Children’s Programme: There were 47 children aged 0 – 11 who participated in BYM over the first weekend of May through being part of one of the four Children’s Programme age groups. Each group considered the theme Is it fair? in imaginative ways to link with the topics being considered in the main BYM sessions. To see the minutes that each group offered to Yearly Meeting session on the Monday afternoon go to there are some photos from the different groups there too.   

Thanks must go to the 13 Children’s Programme volunteer team members who worked so hard to plan and prepare, as well as with the children over the weekend and the occasional sessional helpers who contributed too.  The following are quotes from some of the parents or the children:

He was in an extremely supportive environment which promoted his well-being in a Quaker context and setting. Parent of a child in the New Shoots for 0 – 2 year olds.

He is at an age where he is exploring values and beliefs, so I am pleased he was able to share this experience with other Quaker children. Parent of a child in the Fox Cubs for 3 - 5 year olds.

I was helped to find out more about being a Quaker ‘by doing worship on the carpet’. A Penn Friend, the group for 5 – 7 year olds.

I found out more about being a Quaker by sitting quietly and writing minutes. A Spiritual Adventurer, the group for 7 – 11 year olds.

Things to do

NSPCC conference – How safe are our children? This takes place 17 – 18 June in London with lots of high profile key note speakers considering online safety, child sexual exploitation and early intervention. For full information go to

Building relationships in children’s meeting – nurture and discipline workshop: At Central Meeting in Bristol on Saturday 18 July (closing date for bookings is 30.6.15). 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. These workshops are open to all. Advance booking is necessary. For information and booking details go to, email or telephone 020 7663 1013.  

Things to use

Let them be eaten by bears – a fearless guide to taking our kids into the great outdoors by Peter Brown Hoffmeister. This is a book full of ideas and encouragement to go outdoors with children – get muddy, camp, climb, explore. It is a book written, initially, for an American audience but it is packed with things to do, how to prepare and what you need to be aware of – including bears! ISBN 978 0 399 16108 7 Available from the Quaker Bookshop 0207 663 1030 .

Things to tell children 

Leaveners DramaQuest 2015 is now open for bookings! Children between 7 and 11 can book on to this event, a fun-packed 2-day project with slumber party, full of drama games, creativity and a final performance. Children will think about what it takes to be a hero. They will learn the stories of children in history who have been helping others, like 10-year old Samantha, who wrote a famous letter to build peace. It will be held 20 - 21 August at Selly Oak Meeting House in Birmingham and costs £110 per child (concessionary rates are available). Request a booking form through for more details go to!dramaquest/c22xh.

 Things useful to know

Greenbelt 2015 Quakers in Britain is an associate of the Greenbelt Festival happening 28 - 31 August 2015 at Boughton House nr.Kettering, Northants. This year there is a lot of Quaker activity at Greenbelt based in and around a Quaker Dome – kite flying, worship, stories and much more. Have a look at the website and contact Andy O’Hanlon (Quaker Outreach) for more information

A residential course for 18 – 25 year olds: Catalyst is a 5 day residential opportunity for 18 – 25 year olds who want to develop authentic leadership, gain a clearer understanding of themselves, learn how to meet uncertainty with creativity and resilience, while living sustainably and intentionally in community. This is run by Embercombe in Devon three times a year in April, July and September. For full details go to

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.