North Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends (QUAKERS)

Children and Youth of North Pacific Yearly Meeting

Annual Session Children’s Program

North Pacific Yearly Meeting annual session is a time when we meet as a wider community of Quakers. Once here, we worship together, make plans together, listen to each other, play and make art and sing. For five days we live in a trusting community where we can open up to each other and to God.

The Youngest Friends are a "kid-centered community" within the larger NPYM community for Friends in the age range of birth through "Elementary School" (0-10). *(For more information about children from birth to age 3, please see the note below) The Youngest Friends have our own program (usually in the mornings) where we explore the culture, history, and community of Quakers. We also have snacks.

 

The Central Friends are a community within the larger NPYM community for Friends in the age range of "Middle School" (11-13). The Central Friends have our own program (usually in the mornings) where we work together to build a community, and discern what "Being a Quaker" means to each of us. There's also snacks. 

 

Play As Led is a kid-centered time for Friends of all ages to chose from various activities as they feel led. There might be games, crafts, stories, songs, quiet spaces, books to read, Intergenerational Interest Groups, visiting Friends, and indoor or outdoor spaces to choose from. And of course, snacks. 

 

* We welcome infants or toddlers as part of our program, and recognize that their developmental stages require a different level of care and supervision than older children. In recent years we have not had many children in this age group attend our program without their primary caregivers accompanying them. Because of this, we haven't been able to reliably recruit Kid's Program staff who feel led to work with this age group (Friends have shown up wanting to hold babies, and have left feeling understandably disappointed.) We offer two flexible options for Friendly Families with this age group, so we can work together to help Annual Session be a good experience for everyone.

 

Friends are welcome to join their kids in participation with the Kid's Program. (This invitation is extended to all Friendly Families.) At past Annual Sessions it has been common to see family members nursing babies, rocking them to sleep, changing diapers, all while the Kid's Program has continued around them. 

 

If Friends would like to sign their infants or toddlers into the Kid's Program, they are very welcome to do so. Please know that the earlier infants or toddlers are registered prior to Annual Sessions, the easier it will be for us to find a Friend who feels led to work on staff specifically with that age.  This Friend would then work primarily (or only) with this age group, and give them the care that is developmentally appropriate. If we can not find a Friend who feels led to work on staff in this role, we will notify you prior to Annual Sessions, and we can work together to try and find a way forward. 

 

Central Friends (Middle School-age)

central friends

Central Friends are the Middle-School-aged Quakers who have completed 6th grade and not yet entered 9th grade. They are teenagers standing squarely in the exciting and difficult place between childhood and adult life. Their program is set up to let them help shape and run their activities with supervision from the leaders. Their point of view and the issues we lead them through are often very grown up, but they still love horseplay and kid’s games. Capture the flag is a perennial favorite!

Junior Friends

Junior Friends are a vibrant group of Quakers from North Pacific Yearly Meeting who have completed 8th grade up through the summer after high school graduation. Their program at Annual Session is self contained and finalized at their first business meeting. They participate in intergenerational worship sharing during annual session. Junior Friends create and abide by a code of conduct.

Young Adult Friends

Young Friends of North Pacific Yearly Meeting, recently re-formed, are a small (but nonetheless mighty) group of Friends aged 18-35 looking for chances to grow and expand. Since our inception, we have been looking for ways to reach out to those individuals who might be interested in being a part of our assembly. We hope that by asking Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups to extend our invitation into the community, we will come across a group of Friends who are still searching for a spiritual niche to call their own.

Youth Opportunity Fund

The Youth Opportunity Fund supports spiritual growth among the Central, Junior, and Young Adult Friends of North Pacific Yearly Meeting -- that is, among young Quakers from middle-school age to about 35. YOF grants are intended to help young people in NPYM take part in events, activities, and other experiences that will nurture their spiritual lives and encourage Spirit-led action. For examples of how young people might use YOF grants, see the information sheet below.

Grants to individuals can be up to $750, grants to groups up to $1500.

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