Journeys in the Spirit
Youth work edition
The youth work edition of Journeys in the Spirit provides a range of ideas to use with young people aged 12 to 18 in a Quaker context. Each issue explores a theme. It is produced in magazine format with all the activities in one A4 booklet.
The activities are written and presented to fit with the structure of a variety of youth events and activities. From link groups and weekends to week-long residential events to Sunday morning youth activities, each issue is packed with ideas for exploring a theme in a range of ways.
Journeys in the Spirit: youth edition comes out once a year in June and is free by subscription. You can choose to receive a paper copy or be emailed a link to an online version.
Quaker Youth Work Handbook
This handbook is for those involved in Quaker work with young people aged 12 to 18, or seeking to start new work for young Quakers.
This might include residential events of a variety of lengths as well as young people's meetings, after-school clubs and evening activities.
It is equally aimed at those already involved as those wanting to start a new event.
It sets out the basics of Quaker work with young people, from the purpose of youth work, to planning events and best practices.
The revised handbook published in February 2010, is available to Friends and to meetings by contacting the CYP Administrator email@example.com or 020 7663 1013.
Living our Beliefs
'Living Our Beliefs' is a small book exploring the faith and practice of Quakers. It has been complied and edited in partnership with young Quakers and includes the thoughts and feelings of young people from across Britain. Available as an ebook or for purchase from the Quaker Centre Bookshop. We hope that this book helps you to find out more about Quakers and how they worship and live out their faith in their lives day by day.
Quaker Youth Group Affiliation Scheme
This scheme has been set up to value and support groups that are working with young Quakers aged 11 to 18.
- Benefits for the group include having a guaranteed space in the Young Quaker Calendar and receiving a newsletter twice a year (including opportunity to order young Quaker branded clothing for your group).
- Benefits for the young people include a free Quaker gift each year and a pack of information aimed at young Quakers.
- Benefits for BYM include developing a knowledge of Quaker youth work and an ability to target information.
To affiliate your group you will need to provide the following information annually
- Name, address, phone number and email for group leader
- Approximate number of young people
- Dates of events/meeting (or regularity if dates not yet fixed)
- What your groups does when it meets
Please note that all Quaker youth group or link group activities are the responsibility of the area meeting. Link groups should ensure that they are following the area meeting's policies.
Living as a Quaker
Living as a Quaker is a six session programme providing facilitators with all they need to support young people exploring their Quaker identity, beliefs, values and interactions with others.
- The first two sessions consider Quakerism, exploring young people's understanding of their values and beliefs and of the testimonies.
- The following two sessions are an opportunity for participants to consider how they behave in groups, exploring ways to develop their interpersonal skills.
- The programme concludes with a session that identifies ways of communicating Quakerism, and a final session where participants can identify support structures within the groups and networks they are a part of.
Living as a Quaker is available in hard copy format on request from the CYP Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7663 1013. The individual sessions and corresponding resources are also available to download.
Living as a Quaker
Please note that at this time we are unable to provide session 4 'Interactions' in any electronic format due to copyright restrictions.
- Download: introduction as PDF
- Download: session 1 as PDF
- Download: session 1a quotes as PDF
- Download: session 1b values as PDF
- Download: session 1c octagons as PDF
- Download: session 2 as PDF
- Download: session 2a action cards as PDF
- Download: session 2b testimony cards as PDF
- Download: session 2c testimony images as PDF
- Download: session 2d continuum cards as PDF
- Download: session 3 as PDF
- Download: session 3a mapping as PDF
- Download: session 3b groups part 1 as PDF
- Download: session 5 as PDF
- Download: session 5a explaining Quakerism as PDF
- Download: session 6 as PDF
- Download: session 6a circles of support as PDF
- Download: session 6a circles of support blank template as PDF
- Download: session 6c butterflies as PDF
- Download: session 6d feedback as PDF
Sharing our journeys
This pack contains a variety of activities which enable young Quakers and adult Friends to explore their spirituality in a Quaker context, to share their spiritual journeys and think about and articulate their beliefs and their values. It gives opportunities to discover by sharing together what Quakerism means to them and to other people.
Sharing our journeys
Ways to Connect
The Ways to connect cards are based on the 'How to' resources produced by Friends General Conference (FGC), and are reproduced with the kind permission of the clerks of the Youth Ministries Committee, FGC (USA).
The aim of these 'Ways to Connect' cards is to promote and develop the way you think about the place of young Friends (from the ages of 12 and above) in your local meeting. There are eight subject areas in ways to connect:
- engage in intergenerational conversations
- communicate in ways that include young Friends
- integrate young Friends into meeting
- include young Friends on committees
- plan an intergenerational event
- stay in touch with young Friends
- Quaker practices that might be helpful to young Friends
- young Friends are vital to the Religious Society of Friends
Ways to connect cards
Set of cards
Find out more
Friends that want to develop the life of their community could find intergenerational activities helpful use Journeys in the Spirit special edition: 'Connecting as a Community'. This edition provides a range of ideas on how to develop relationships and make links with each other and with young Friends.
Be the Change
This resource encourages young Quakers to take action, exploring some of the issues we campaign on and why they are important. It features a set of cards looking at economics, sustainability and disarmament and links to yqspace website (external link) where there is more information and a toolkit of ideas to take action.
This booklet explores our understanding of Spiritual Development and how this affects our work with young people. It offers a model of spiritual development and practical ideas of ways to work with young people that will help facilitate their spiritual journeys.
This resource is available upon request from the CYP Administrator email@example.com or 020 7663 1013.
Relationships, sex and sexuality
The Quaker Life Working Group on Young People and Relationships and Sexuality developed materials for working with Quaker young people on the issue of sex, sexuality and relationships. This was in 2008 and since then the language used around many of the issues explored has moved on, but lots of the ideas offered within the resources remain useful. The material encourages Meetings, Link groups and young people's events to engage in this topic with young people and help them develop meaningful and safe relationships. It is also hoped that this topic will provide a means for young people to think about their spirituality and help them connect to Quakers though a topic that is important to them.
Relationships, sex and sexuality
Journeys in the Spirit youth edition
- Download: relationships, sex and sexuality as PDF
- Download: relationships, sex and sexuality extra sheets as PDF
- Download: human bingo as PDF
- Download: alcohol and relationships − no regrets as PDF
- Download: alcohol and relationships − what happens next as PDF
- Download: problem page as PDF
- Download: creative listening activity as PDF
I'm a Quaker – this is why
I'm a Quaker – this is why is aimed at young Quakers who want to give information to their friends about being a Quaker. It was written with help from young people and is a partnership project between the children and young people's and outreach work staff teams, both based in Quaker Life.
I'm a Quaker – this is why is available upon request from the CYP Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7663 1013.
Quakers: a guide for young people
This leaflet gives an overview of Quakerism and is aimed at Quaker young people. Using simple language and strong images it helps young Quakers understand some of the different aspects of being a Quaker.
The leaflet is free and can be ordered by contacting the CYP Administrator email@example.com or 020 7663 1013.
Quaker Youth Work Recognition Scheme
The Quaker Youth Work Recognition Scheme provides a framework to support young people working at events, enabling young people to identify how they have developed as a result of their participation in the event.
This is done through conversation with a support person (a volunteer on the event) - there are two aims in this supportive relationship firstly to affirm the skills that the young person brings to and also develops through being a part of the event and to provide space for the young person to reflect on and be supported in their facilitation during the event.
At the conclusion of the event participants receive a certificate which outlines the skills they have demonstrated in team work, personal organisation and facilitation, plus a development point under each of these headings.
If you would like a copy of the resources that support this please contact the Youth Participation Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7663 1011.
Resources and support for children and young people's work
The children and young people's work staff team in Quaker Life produces a catalogue of ideas, activities and resources. It is available to meeting and gives details of:
- the free resources that are available
- the training that can be accessed by individuals or meetings
- the support that exists for those doing work with children and young people, and
- the range of events that take place for children and young people.
We hope that this is helpful to you.
Resources and support for children and young people's work catalogue
For a paper copy of this booklet, contact the CYP Administrator email@example.com or 020 7663 1013.