Check out some great photos from Family Overnight

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

This Year’s Junior Interim Meeting Plan: Historic Fair Hill

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I’m excited to announce we’ll be heading to Historic Fair Hill for Junior Interim Meeting this year! It’s been a few years since I’ve visited Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, and it looks great.  Right at the beginning of Junior Interim Meeting we visited Fair Hill several times with the primary goal of making friends and playing games with kids …

Planning for the Children’s Summit is Underway!

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It’s been a great year of Junior Interim Meeting work, heading off the SHARE Food Program and helping them pack boxes, organize food, and serve a population of families who do not have food security.  We did all of that because at Yearly Meeting in 2011, the children heard that God’s Big Idea for them was to aid the hungry …

Evening Activity at Spring Family Overnight, a Gallery

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Spring Family Overnight, coming up on May 18th and 19th, is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  We have the opportunity to be at Camp Dark Waters, the best place on the planet, and spend time with K-5th graders and their families. Last spring, evening activity was Stretchers and Sandcastles, which had families constructing gorgeous sand palaces and …

Check out the Junior Interim Meeting Story!

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Check out this incredible video of our kids in action!  Also featuring clips from Arthur Larrabee, Steveanna Wynn, and the SHARE Food Program. We packed over 80 boxes on this particular visit to the  SHARE Food Program, and this was just one of many.  There’s lots more to learn about Junior Interim Meeting and SHARE, so please watch the video and …

We’re Hiring a Children’s Sessions Assistant

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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has posted the invitation to apply for the position of Children’s Sessions Assistant for this coming summer.  The position works closely with Benjamin Camp (your friendly neighborhood Program Coordinator) to make Children’s Sessions a great experience for the youngest Yearly Meeting participants. It starts as very light part time work, then ramps up as we get closer …

Come Make a Video With Us at Junior Interim Meeting!

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This month for the final Junior Interim Meeting of this school year, we’ll be joined by a fantastic videographer filming our work and interviewing members.  A short video of the work we’ve been doing with the SHARE Food Program will be posted to our website so that members of the Yearly Meeting who aren’t able to be there can get …

An Open Letter To Families I Haven’t Met Yet

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Dear Families I Haven’t Met, Hi!  I’m Ben, and I’m the Children’s Religious Life Program Coordinator for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.  I’ve been here for about 3 years now, and I’ve had the joy of running events for Kindergarten to 5th graders, and spending time with those kids’ families. In my role as Children’s Religious Life Program Coordinator at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting I …

Winter Family Overnight is at Onas this Year!

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The Children’s Religious Life Program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is pleased to announce its location for this year’s Winter Family Overnight- Camp Onas in Ottsville PA. Our Family Overnights are events that I look forward to all year. Coming from a Summer Camp background, I’m a huge fan of residential community. Living, eating, and playing together, even for one night, …

Reports from Emerging Leaders Scholar Rebecca Sullivan

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Rebecca was part of the Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program, and we love her!  In return for being a volunteer with the children’s program for the year, she received funds she could use to attend Quaker programming of her choosing.  She’s a great friend and a wonderful photographer. As part of the program, she was asked to create reports, two of …