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 …

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 …

Do Quaker Schools Offer Sanctuary for Undocumented Students?

Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education

In the U.S., there are 71 Friends schools affiliated with the Friends Council on Education, serving PreK through high school students. What if all of those schools were sanctuary campuses, offering protection for their undocumented students and their families? Recently, AFSC and PYM decided to find out if any Quaker schools were having these same dreams of Quaker witness in …

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 ...

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 …

PA Child Welfare Law – Recent Changes that Affect Meetings

Friends Who Care For Youth

Recent changes in Pennsylvania Child Welfare laws impact volunteers and paid staff who work with children and youth in Pennsylvania monthly and quarterly meetings in two significant areas: Background Check Requirements and Mandated Reporter Requirements. The Changes Background checking is required by PA law for those whose responsibilities involve direct contact with children, paid or unpaid. This applies to paid ...

An Epistle from a Religious Education Consultation

Friends Who Care For Youth

Dear Friends, At the core of the mission of the Children’s Spiritual Life Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is encouragement of structures which include children in the work and witness of our meeting communities and providing tools to adults to support them.  Finding the resources to support religious education and those who do this work with our youth can be …

Success! Intergenerational 3rd Sundays at Woodstown

Friends Who Care For Youth

Like other meetings, we at Woodstown Meeting sometimes flounder with what to do with FDS when families find it hard to attend. For the last year-and-a-half Woodstown has set aside the third Sunday of each month for “intergenerational” activities. Everybody who attends — and this does bring out those of all ages – meets together. We work on introductions, games, …

Worship with Children: Play and Practice

Friends Who Care For Youth

We can help to support children’s spiritual lives in our homes and First Day Schools through the introduction of diverse worship practices.  In our unprogrammed meetings, we practice expectant waiting on the Spirit in gathered silence, but in our work with children we might expand our ideas about worship to include other ways of being in community with God and …

Children in Quaker Meeting for Worship

Friends Who Care For Youth

The help the adult can give the child is only preliminary and peripheral, and one that halts -- that must halt -- on the threshold of the ‘place’ where God speaks with His creature. Sofia Cavalleti, The Religious Potential of the Child, Liturgy Training Publications; 2nd edition (August 2, 1992), p. 52 How do Quakers, in a primarily silent style of ...

Keeping ‘Em Coming: Advices for Meetings with Teens

Friends Who Care For Youth, Religious Education, Young Friends

It’s a commonly proclaimed sentiment among Quaker adults: youth are a vital part of our Meetings. However, as children become teens they often drift away from Monthly Meeting communities, much to the discouragement of First Day teachers and other adult attenders! In order to keep teens relating to Meeting, adults need to figure out what works for young people in …