Children and young people's work news
Children and young people's work update
Godly Play – developments and opportunities: Look out for the next issue of Quaker News. There is an article about the Godly Play approach to storytelling that sets out how stories can be a way into exploring mystery, personal journey and identity, values and relationships and having fun. It also looks at how we can tell the stories of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible avoiding the trap of saying or reading it in a way that says ‘this is what it means’ – offering children, and ourselves, opportunities to explore the meaning for themselves.
If you would like to learn how to use the Godly Play approach there is a training workshop that does just that. Go to: http://www.quaker.org.uk/workshops-you-can-request to find out about requesting a workshop. The Godly Play workshop has the title of Storytelling as theological reflection – exploring Godly Play. There are two of these workshops already booked for 2014 – Dundee on 1 March and London on 7 June. These are open workshops, links to specific booking forms will be available by January.
If you have attended Godly Play training you can borrow story kits from our store here in Friends House. To see the list of the stories available go to: http://www.quaker.org.uk/using-godly-play. A month’s notice is needed for a loan. There is no charge, apart from return postage, and a loan agreement has to be signed before the loan can be made. There are currently 15 stories available and this is going to be added to in the next month.
Things to do
Leaveners event: Bookings are now being taken for The Big Sing a relaxed weekend for singers of all ages and abilities taking place 31 January to 2 February in Nottingham Meeting House. For more information about this event, contact Lauren Parkes email@example.com 0121 414 0099.
Workshops on working with a small group of children with a wide range of ages: Taking place at Cotteridge meeting in Birmingham on Saturday 8 February (closing date for bookings 24.1.14) and Disley meeting near Stockport on Saturday 1 March (closing date for bookings 14.2.14). 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 these two workshops and booking information go to www.quaker.org.uk/workshops
Workshops on being ready for children in your meeting: This workshop takes place 1 March in Exeter (closing date for bookings 14.2.14), 29 March in Lancaster (closing date for bookings 14.3.14), 26 April in Peterborough (closing date for bookings 11.4.14), 7 June in Glasgow (closing date for bookings 23.5.14), 7 June in Cardiff (closing date for bookings 25.5.14) and 21 June in York (closing date for bookings 6.6.14). This offers time for Friends to think why they want the meeting to be ready for children and what needs to be done to achieve this. For more details of this workshop and for information on how to book onto one of these opportunities go to www.quaker.org.uk/being-ready-2014
Things to use
The Children’s Society offers support for a personal Advent journey with their Advent calendar for this year. With its combination of film, words, audio and stories it will make for an interesting Advent journey. Open a window each day for a couple of minutes respite from the madness of the season. It promises to be as satisfying as a chocolate calendar with way fewer calories…
unless you put a big box of chocolates by your screen! www.childrenssociety.org.uk/advent
Things to tell children
Children speaking out: In North Carolina, USA, the government decided to change the way children and young people were involved in voting and voter registration. It meant they would be denied rights that they had previously enjoyed. The response of one 12 year old is shown in the video in this link. This is really worth watching with children as an example of being powerful and as an encouragement for children to speak their minds and hearts.
Things useful to know
A day for children and families at Friends House in April 2014. On 7 April there is going to be an opportunity for children and families to spend a day in Friends House. This is for children, accompanied by parents or by Friends from meetings, to find out about and visit different parts of Friends House. The Library, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, the Worship space, the Bookshop and more – there will be child friendly talks and activities. Full details and how to book will be available in January. Reserve the date if you think you might want to come.
The next series of Journeys in the Spirit: Series 11 has the theme of Quakers, work and businesses. It is about how Quakers think about the work and business they might be involved in. It includes three issues about some historic Quaker businesses and reflections on what children think about work. When these issues consider work it isn’t just about employment – it is about what people are doing in the world to live, to help, to create and to transform.
Journeys in the Spirit resource
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.