Quakers join forces with URC to build communities

Quakers and the United Reform Church (URC) have teamed up to produce a resource to help congregations and meetings to reach out to young people.

Young people at a bowling alley
Young Quakers at a recent facilitation and leadership course, photo credit: Quakers in Britain

The "Conversation Starter: Where are the young people?" resource includes printable postcards to help start a conversation alongside a PowerPoint presentation outlining activities.

The resource stems from conversations during at an ecumenical roundtable on youth matters about why young people are not necessarily visible in worshipping communities.

It is designed to help congregations and Quaker meetings to address the issue and to start conversations with young people but can be adapted for use with any group.

Jude Acton, team leader for youth, children and families at Quakers in Britain, said: "Just because young people and teenagers are not in meetings on Sunday mornings does not mean they do not exist.

"This resource is to help meetings with this. Some meetings might do activities in the evening or hold a series of different events."

Postcards can also be obtained from Quakers in Britain and a launch event introducing the new resource will be held on 7 December from 7.30 to 8.45pm. Click here to book on Eventbrite.

To view and download the new resource