Yearly Meeting wouldn't be as rich without help from Friends who come. Many Friends find it rewarding to help make this event happen and support our community by volunteering.
You can offer to help in the following ways:
You will work with members of the Pastoral Care Group to give oversight, practical help or a listening ear. You may be based at the pastoral care desk or in Yearly Meeting sessions. Volunteers usually work one or two two-hour shifts. You will be briefed and supported by members of the Pastoral Care Group. The group offers help, but not professional expertise, to Friends when situations crop up during Yearly Meeting.
In open worship you will watch for those who rise to speak. During session, you will listen for the clerk to call you to pass the microphone to a certain Friend. Good knees are needed for this. Stewards wait kneeling down while the speaker has the microphone.
You will monitor the entry of people into the Large Meeting House. You will welcome them and hold back people who arrive late until suitable breaks in the session. You will need to be in position 20 minutes before the sessions start.
Children's Programme sessional helper
Offers to help must get to us by 30 March.
You will help with the Children's Programme on an occasional basis during Yearly Meeting. You will support and be supervised by the Children's Programme team. You will not be left in sole charge of children at any time. We do not need a Disclosure and Barring check (formally criminal records check) but will take up references.
As a session helper on the Children's Programme, you may be asked to:
- support the age group teams in whatever activity is planned in whatever way is required
- help collect materials and share information
- prepare refreshments for the children
- share particular skills where asked, such as games or craft work.
Community Hub host
You will greet Friends when they arrive in the room, and introduce them to the activities. You may also need to make new Friends feel at home, and to direct people to things happening elsewhere in Friends House.
Elders take on roles similar to other meetings for worship. You will support the appointed Yearly Meeting elders. On Saturday afternoon, Yearly Meeting will be held through a number of parallel sessions. You will support Yearly Meeting elders to ensure one of the parallel sessions is held properly.