Middle School Friends PYM Annual Sessions Epistle 2018

Annual Sessions, Children

Dear Friends Everywhere, We are the 2018 Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions Middle School Friends (MSF) community. This week, MSF had fun, built a community, and attended various workshops. We engaged in many enjoyable games and activities. On Friday we took a trip to the pool. Some of us relaxed in the shade, while others dove off diving boards and slid …

Summer Camp Fun and Community Outreach

Children, Environment, Friends Who Care For Youth, Outreach, Religious Education, Staff, Uncategorized

This summer, Third Haven Friends Meeting is hosting two sessions of a summer nature and mindfulness camp. The camp weeks are part of an effort both to support families in the meeting and reach out to families in the surrounding community. During the first week of the camp in June, children ages 4-8 spent Monday to Thursday mornings guided through …

Youth Programs at Annual Sessions: Coming Home

Annual Sessions, Children, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Volunteering, Young Friends

“Can we go home this summer?”  “What do you mean?” “Can we go to PYM Sessions?” This was the conversation I had with my then-10 year old, a few summers ago after our family moved to New York. Going to PYM Annual Sessions felt, for him, like going home — being in a community where he was welcomed, cared for, …

EMIR Healing Center ministry supported by Green Street Monthly Meeting

Children, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns

Green Street Meeting’s Quaker Social Change Ministry group in support of EMIR Healing Center is having a “Fill a Bookbag” drive to gather school supplies for 85 children participating in the center’s programs this year. EMIR stands for “Every Murder is Real.” The center, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, was founded by Green Street member Victoria Greene, after her …

Junior Friends Conference Hosted by Abington Quarter

Children, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education, Uncategorized, Worship and Ministry

      “This is the best week of my life.” 4th Grade Student For more than forty years, Abington Quarter has supported two summer youth programs for members and attenders of Friends Meetings within the Quarter: Junior Friends Conference (JFC) and Middle School Friends Conference (MSFC). The opportunity to join the Junior Friends Conference is open to all young …

PYM Youth March for Our Lives

Children, Continuing Sessions, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education, Young Friends

On Saturday, March 24, at Spring Continuing Sessions, Youth from across PYM participated in the March for Our Lives at the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA. The morning program was spent in preparation: wondering about how we let our lives speak as Friends, talking about what it is like to attend a march/rally, and processing different perspectives on the issue of …

Youth Programs, Give Feedback on Vision & Mission

Children, Continuing Sessions, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends, The Youth Programs Sprint group has nearly completed its work to propose a vision, mission and governance structure for our yearly meeting’s youth programs. The Sprint group, through several iterations, looked at the history of our youth programs and considered their future. The Sprint group intentionally sought out voices that we don’t always hear from, including those of LGBTQ families, Friends of …

PYM Staff Join National Walk Out Day

Addressing Racism, Children, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Quakers in our region have a long history of concern about gun violence. Individual monthly meetings and the yearly meeting have approved minutes and spoken with lawmakers about it. A campaign that grew out of PYM peace work successfully closed a Philadelphia gun shop with a tremendous reputation and record for straw purchases.  At this time when the youth of …

Nurturing Multigenerational Spiritual Community in Salem Quarter

Children, First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Religious Education, Young Friends

“If we want to rediscover human joy and wholeness and creativity, and to learn to care for our planetary household as one earth family, we cannot continue to insulate adults and children from each other. Children need to be present to us, and we to them.” – Elise Boulding My first visit to a local meeting as Youth Engagement Coordinator …

Youth Programs Staff Update: New and Continuing Friends

Children, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Uncategorized, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends, We are delighted to introduce to you the wonderful team of staff who will be working with PYM Youth Programs. Some Friends are familiar faces shifting into a new role, others are new to the Yearly Meeting community. Each of them brings significant gifts to the program they will serve, and their energy and dedication to youth work …

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 …