The Quaker Life children and young people's staff team organise a national programme of events for young Quakers of all ages.

Our events

Each event aims to bring together children and young people from across Britain Yearly Meeting. Children and young people are provided with opportunities to support their spiritual growth, personal development and understanding of Quaker faith and practice. They are encouraged to explore their faith and spiritual lives within their Quaker community.

Events for young Quakers are by age category, with some events taking place as part of a three year cycle. There are also all-age worshiping communities and regionally based events, which help connect Quaker meetings in the same region.

Booking details for all children & young people's events including Yearly Meeting

Events by age group

    Resource

    Three year cycle of events

    Discernment by Yearly Meeting Agenda Committee and Quaker Life Central Committee on the three year cycle of events for children and young people

    Image © Mike Pinches 2015

    Events for ages 0 to 11

    2020 Events

    Yearly Meeting Gathering Children's Programme

    The Children's Programme (0—11 years) offers the chance to explore and engage with the Yearly Meeting Gathering theme in creative, fun ways, worshipping together, exploring spirituality, playing games and hearing stories.

    2019 Events

    Yearly Meeting 2019 Children's Programme

    Yearly Meeting 2019 Children's Programme for ages 0 to 11 took place from 25—27 May at Friends House London. During Yearly Meeting the Children's Programme was on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the mornings and afternoons.

    We welcomed 79 children to the Children's Programme at Yearly Meeting. We had a wonderful time on the children's programme creating, playing, singing, dancing, worshipping and learning.

    You can read the Minutes from the Children's Programme's here:

    Fox Cubs 2019 Minute.pdf

    New Shoots 2019 Minute.pdf

    Penn Friends 2019 Minute.pdf

    Spiritual Adventurers 2019 Minute.pdf

    Events for ages 11 to 15

    2020 Events

    Yearly Meeting Gathering Young People's Programme

    The Young People's Programme (11—14 years) enables young people to have fun while exploring their spirituality, experiencing Quaker practices and reflecting on their Quaker lives.

    2020 Vision: finding hope in hard times

    'Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.' Thich Nhat Hahn

    2020 vision is a residential event for 13 to 17 year olds, taking place at Dunfield House, Kington, 6—8 March 2020. It runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Young people will gather to explore ways to negotiate adolescence in a complex world. We will have activities including games, interactive workshops, crafts, reflection, worship and free time. To book your place, please complete the online form (external link). Bookings close on Sunday 2 February 2020

    2019 Events

    Yearly Meeting 2019 Young People's Programme

    The Yearly Meeting 2019 Young People's Programme for ages 11—15 took place as a residential event from Friday 24 May—Monday 27 May, at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddeston. We welcomed 29 young people to this event. Young people engaged with Yearly Meeting topics through exploring their theme 'Opening our hearts and minds to transform the world'. Games were played, base groups were enjoyed, sessions were engaged with and the Swarthmoor lecturer visited. Many lasting friendships were made as the young people came together as a community.

    You can read the Minutes from the Young People's Programme here:

    YPP 2019 Minute.pdf

    Living as a Quaker

    Living as a Quaker for 12—15-year-olds event took place at The Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hampshire. It ran from Friday evening to Monday afternoon, 18—21 October 2019. Young people gathered to explore Quaker values and personal beliefs. They also participated in team building activities like crafts, cooking, campfires and shelter building.

    Events for ages 15 to 18

    2020 Events

    Junior Yearly Meeting at Yearly Meeting Gathering

    Junior Yearly Meeting (14—17 years) provides a variety of opportunities to explore the theme through activities, speakers and discussion, experiencing Quaker practices and worship, as well as participating in Yearly Meeting Gathering sessions.

    2019 Events

    Junior Yearly Meeting

    Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) for young people aged 15 to 18, took place as residential event in April. The programme was arranged by a group of young people with the support of adult volunteers and staff. We welcomed 70 young to JYM and created a memorable weekend.

    You can read the Epistle from JYM here: Epistle of Junior Yearly Meeting (PDF)

    You can view the JYM photos and access the Minute and Epistle at the yqspace website.

    Accompanying

    Accompanying for young people aged 15—18 year was a part of Yearly Meeting 2019. It provided 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.

    Facilitation and Leadership

    Facilitation and Leadership is an invigorating event for 16—21 year olds. This is a great opportunity for young Quakers who want to facilitate activities for other young Quakers. We will look at how to build community in groups we're part of and how to reflect Quaker beliefs, values and practices in our facilitation. The event is open to people new to facilitation and those with previous experience.See the yqspace website for further information.

    Three year cycle of Junior Yearly Meeting events

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    Events across age ranges

    Information for future events when they are planned will me made available here.

    Events for all age worshipping communities

    We are committed to offering opportunities for all-age gatherings where this is possible. Information for future events when they are planned will me made available here.

    Regional events

    Link groups

    Link groups are Quaker youth groups for young Quakers from neighbouring area meetings. To find out if there is a link group near you look at the find an event page of the yqspace website for young Quakers.

    Young Quakers Calendar

    The calendar includes information on national events which includes; Junior Yearly Meeting, The Young People's Programme, Leaveners, summer events, regional events and link groups. The calendar can be found by going to the find an event page of the yqspace website for young Quakers.

    Past events

    Pictures, videos and fun stuff from all of the young people's events that have taken place can be found at www.yqspace.org.uk.

    Header image © Mike Pinches 2015

    Contact us

    CYP Administrator
    cypadmin@quaker.org.uk
    020 7663 1013