Welcome, Melinda Wenner Bradley!

Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Our New Youth Engagement Coordinator! Scroll down for a personal message from Melinda.  We announce with great joy that Melinda Wenner Bradley of West Chester Monthly Meeting will soon join the staff of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) as our first Youth Engagement Coordinator. Melinda will work with other community members to steward the ministry and religious life of our children, …

Apply to Work with and for Our Youth

Administrative Council, Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends! I want to make sure you are aware that we are nearing completion of the process to hire our first Youth Engagement Coordinator. We aim to complete the process by the middle of November, 2017. Another announcement will follow at that time. When the new Youth Engagement Coordinator is hired, they will need immediately to commence another process …

Children’s Epistle from Annual Sessions 2017

Children

To Friends everywhere, We are the Fisher’s group from PYM Annual Sessions 2017. We learned about the love wolf and the fear wolf. We made dreamcatchers, god’s eyes, magnets and love wolf masks. We went to Snipes Farm to pick berries and make forts. We loved Fort Building, the goats, and god’s eyes. We explored how we are made and …

Meg Rose’s Next Steps

Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

Dear PYM Friends, I am excited to announce that Meg Rose will begin serving as our Young Adult Engagement Coordinator on September 1, 2017. She has served as Interim YAF Co-Coordinator for the past few months and as Interim Children’s Religious Life Coordinator for the past year. Meg’s unique experience in supporting children, families, and young adults will help us as …

Step Back in Time to 1850 at Merion Meeting History Festival

Children, Outreach

On Saturday, May 20, Merion Friends Meeting hosted a history festival centered on the years 1820-1850. Inviting visitors to step back in time to 1850, members of the Meeting donned Quaker garb of the period and practiced their plain speech. An estimated 250 guests attended the event, which featured historical exhibits on Quakers and the Anti-Slavery Movement; the Underground Railroad; …

Youth and Young Adult Programs Staff Changes Follow Up Information

Children, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

The following updates have been published to share further information about staffing changes: MAY 2, 2017 Staffing Update: Administrative Support in the Office APRIL 22, 2017 Communication from Leadership to PYM APRIL 14, 2017 Financial Impact: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Advancement: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Salaries: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH ...

The fullness of spiritual community at Multigenerational Spring Continuing Sessions

Children, Continuing Sessions, Middle School Friends, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

An Open Invitation I will attend Spring Continuing Sessions on March 25 with the intent to participate in the multigenerational programs actively, mightily, and joyously with hope and enthusiasm.  I encourage you to attend and participate too. These multigenerational programs provide our spiritual community with an opportunity to join in shared activities.  In these challenging times these activities open our minds ...

Epistle from Children’s Sessions 2016!

Children

Hello Friends Everywhere, Greetings from the 4th and 5th grades of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. As we gathered with PYM’s 336th Annual Sessions, we experienced the joys of being together, with old friends and new friends. Along with the joys of being together, we experienced some conflicts and upsets. We learned that when we stand together as friends, we found the …

Farewell to Benjamin Camp

Annual Sessions, Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Religious Education

It is with sadness that I announce Benjamin Camp’s departure from service on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff as Children’s Religious Life Program Coordinator. Until recently, Ben also served as our Youth & Young Adult Programs Team Leader. He will be working through the 2016 Annual Sessions, and his last day will be Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Ben’s authentic sense of humor and cheery demeanor …

2 Experiments Coming Up in the Spring

Children

This Spring, the children’s program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will have 2 events that look a little different than usual. We’re really looking forward to them, and we hope that theyserve the needs and interests of the community. During and after each event there will be an opportunity for feedback that I hope will generate a conversation around the types …

Invitation to Discernment

Children

Friends, This is an invitation to be part of a discernment process with me. When I meet Friends from all over the Yearly Meeting, I find near universal agreement that our children are crucial to our experience of the divine, and that we desire to support their spiritual journeys in whatever ways we can. Meetings across the country offer fantastic …

The Children’s Continuing Revelation Minute

Children

Each year at Annual Sessions, the K-5th grade program holds the Children’ Summit.  In odd years, the Summit is an opportunity to discern a new Children’ Priority, each of which lasts 2 years.  In the even years, in the middle of the Priority, we have a chance for Continuing Revelation.  What more can we learn from listening to God and …

Check out some great photos from Family Overnight

Children

Spring Family Overnight was our biggest one so far! With over 50 people attending, our initial sadness at moving from our traditional location gave way to the joy of playing together and being in community.  Boating, games, dessert, campfires, s’mores, stories, worship, and time with friends were all on the agenda. Evening activity was the Instant Talent Show Game- a …

Location Change for Family Overnight Saturday, May 17th-18th

Children

Hello Family Overnighters! Family Overnight is coming up this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited. Unfortunately, we’ve had to make a small change. As you may or may not have heard, Camp Dark Waters, our location for the overnight, flooded 12 days ago. We’ve been holding out to see if they would be able to host us this coming …

Looking Back on a Year of Junior Interim Meeting

Children

The academic year is wrapping up, and with it the Junior Interim Meeting Program.  Family Overnight and Annual Sessions are still to come for the children’s program, but Junior Interim Meeting will pause till next year. So how did it go? Our priority this year had us volunteering at Historic Fair Hill, and area in North Philadelphia with open green …

Gracie Back as Children’s Sessions Coordinator

Children

The amazing Gracie Coscia will be back this year as Children’s Sessions Coordinator for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Gracie did a fantastic job last year as Children’s Sessions Assistant, and it’s great that she’s back on board. Gracie does a lot of her work behind the scenes, but without her, the whole Children’s Sessions Program would be a mess. Last year …

Youth Programs Grow In Their Collaboration

Children

The Youth Program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has 4 age groupings, each with a staff person that serves it. I want to share with you one way this program has evolved in recent years. There are 4 age categories we serve as coordinators for the Youth Program. There is the Children’s Religious Life Program, for kids in Kindergarten through 5th …

Quaker Process Shines at Junior Interim Meeting

Children

While the adults of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting gather for interim meeting, Junior Interim Meeting brings together kids in grades K-5 to do their spirit-led work. As with the work we do as adult Quakers, sometimes we are taking action, and sometimes we need to make decisions or test ideas. For this, just like older Friends, we have Meeting for Worship …

Your Feedback Needed: Junior Interim Meeting

Children

Junior Interim Meeting, one of the mainstay portions of the Children’s Program here at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, is a vibrant community of families and kids that come to the meetings month after month to follow through on a Children’s Priority they discerned.  It’s a great opportunity, and I love planning for it and spending time with the kids while it’s …