Yearly Meeting for all ages

Young Adults at YMG

Young Adults at Yearly Meeting is for 18- to 35-year-olds attending YMG. You will be part of the main sessions but will also connect regularly with your smaller community during the week.

Young Adults at Yearly Meeting is not a fully facilitated programme, but we will offer regular sessions and Special Interest Groups that give you the chance to prepare for and reflect on your experience of Yearly Meeting. To find out more please email youngadults@quaker.org.uk.

Children and Young People's Programmes

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 children and young people under the age of 18 participating in YMG 2020 must have a responsible adult (aged 20 or over, unless the parent of the child) present throughout the event. This includes those participating in Junior Yearly Meeting (when the responsible adults need to be aged 21 or over). The guidance about the responsible adult role can be found within each of the programme descriptions below.

All under 18s booked onto YMG will automatically have a place on the appropriate age programme (parents/guardians of under 5's will be contacted before the event to see if there are any sessions they will not attend).

Children's Programme

(0–11 year or those born between 01/09/08 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 from Sunday to Friday; it will also run on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons. Separately there will be evening sessions for 5 to 11 year olds on Monday and Wednesday (parents/guardians will be able to book children onto the evening sessions at the event if wanted).

Children's Programme information and guidance for responsible adults (PDF)

Young People's Programme

(11–14 years or those born between 01/09/05 and 31/08/08)

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 Sunday morning until Friday lunchtime. The evening session on Tuesday is optional and there is no evening YPP session on Thursday. YPP will not run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, when YMG has no formal programme and some community building all age options will be available.

Young People's Programme outline of role and responsibilities for responsible adults (PDF)

Junior Yearly Meeting

(14–17 year or those born between 01/09/2002 and 31/08/05)

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. JYM is arranged by a group of young people - with the support of adult volunteers and staff.

Junior Yearly Meeting runs from Sunday morning (with registration on Saturday evening) until Friday lunchtime. JYM will not run on Tuesday morning or Thursday evening. JYM will also not take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, when YMG has no formal programme and some community building all age options will be available. JYM participants will have opportunities to participate in some YMG sessions and activities throughout the week.

Junior Yearly Meeting 2020 outline of role and responsibilities for responsible adults (PDF)