Bookings are now open for the Children and Young People's Programmes at Yearly Meeting (YM). These programmes are an integral part of Yearly Meeting. They enable children and young people to engage with Yearly Meeting in a variety of age appropriate ways, encouraging their spiritual and personal growth, as well as connecting them with the Quaker community.
All 0 to 18s attending Yearly Meeting need to be booked on to the appropriate aged programme by a parent or guardian.
Children's Programme: ages 0–11
The Children's Programme is for 0- to 11-year-olds (those born after September 2007), taking place at Friends House when Yearly Meeting is in session on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It will also be held during the Swarthmore Lecture on Saturday. Children will be separated into up to four age groups, depending on the age split of bookings. Each age group will follow a structured programme that explores some of the Yearly Meeting topics, as well as including fun and community building activities. All children must have a responsible adult present in Friends House.
Young People's Programme: ages 11–15
The Young People's Programme (YPP) is a residential event for 11- to 15-year-olds (those born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2007), taking place at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire. The Young People's Programme runs from Friday evening to Monday afternoon. Participants will join the final Yearly Meeting session on Monday afternoon at Friends House where the event will finish. The programme helps young Friends to engage with Yearly Meeting topics, explore their faith and practice, whilst including space for building community and taking part in fun activities.
Accompanying Programme: ages 15–18
Accompanying is for 15- to 18-year-olds (those born between 1 September 2000 and 31 August 2003) at Yearly Meetings. This provides a space for young people to gather in Friends House and participate in Yearly Meeting, with an adult team alongside them, as well as offering some social activities.
Bookings will open in February 2019 and close on 28 April 2019.