The children and young people's programmes are a central part of Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG). The programmes encourage the spiritual and personal growth of children and young people in a variety of ways that are age appropriate.
All under 18s booked onto YMG will automatically have a place on the appropriate age programme (parents/guardians of under 5s will be contacted before the event to see if there are any sessions they will not attend).
(0 to 11 year olds, those born between 01/09/05 and the beginning of the Gathering)
The Children's Programme offers the chance to explore and engage with the Gathering theme in a variety of ways. Children will have opportunities to be creative, have fun, worship together, play games and hear stories. The programme will help them encounter and explore being Quaker in ways that are appropriate yet stretching for their age. The children are divided into five age groups, the splits of these will be decided after the booking deadline.
The Children's Programme runs in the mornings and afternoons from Sunday to Friday; apart from Monday and Thursday afternoons when all age options are scheduled (some of these will be activities where children can be left). The Children's Programme will not run on Wednesday, when there will be activities / excursions taking place. Separately there will be evening sessions for 5 to 11 year olds on Sunday, Monday and Thursday (parents/guardians will be contacted after bookings close to book children onto the evening sessions if required).
Young people's programme
(11 to 14 year olds, those born between 01/09/02 and 31/08/05)
The Young People's Programme (YPP) enables young Quakers to experience and engage with the Gathering theme in exciting, challenging and creative ways. It enables young people to have fun while exploring their spirituality, experiencing Quaker practices and reflecting on their Quaker lives. This programme is arranged by a group of young people - with the support of adult volunteers and staff.
The Young People's Programme runs from Saturday evening until Friday afternoon. YPP will not run when all age options are scheduled on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Additionally YPP will not run when the Wednesday daytime activities take place (there will be the option of accompanied activities for 11 to 14 year olds on this day).
Junior Yearly Meeting
(14 to 17 year olds, those born between 01/09/99 and 31/08/02)
Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) provides a variety of opportunities to explore the theme through activities, speakers and discussion. At JYM participants will experience Quaker practices and worship, as well as participating in YMG sessions. JYM is about having fun, building relationships and making friends, it is arranged by a group of young people - with the support of adult volunteers and staff.
Junior Yearly Meeting runs from Saturday evening until Friday afternoon. JYM will not run on Sunday evening and Tuesday morning. Wednesday daytime activities are included in the cost of JYM and there will be the option of accompanied activities for 14-17 year olds on this day. JYM participants will have opportunities to participate in some YMG sessions and activities throughout the week.
Most of the places at JYM are available for nominees from area meetings, Quaker schools and European yearly meetings. To find out more ask your meeting or school who to speak to. You can also book directly via our website if you are not being nominated for a place.
For more information about coming to JYM please go to our JYM page.
After booking, parents/guardians will be asked to complete an information and consent form for each child/young person they have booked. The form needs to be filled in before the place is confirmed.