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 …

Middle School Friends at Annual Sessions 2017

Annual Sessions, Middle School Friends

Dear Friends everywhere, we are the Middle School Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This week, new friendships were formed, old friendships were tested and we are here today having learned a lot about ourselves and each other. We got to know each other through games, worship sharing groups and workshops. We watched a movie at a time when we really …

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 ...

Black Lives Matter Quilt

Middle School Friends

The Black Lives Matter Quilt was a joint project of the First Day School and adult members of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends. Each square represents a victim of gun violence in African American neighborhoods of Philadelphia from January through April 2016. Member Pamela Haines collected the clippings and each child chose one. Over several months they designed the …

What’s in an event fee? Price change for Young Friends and Middle School Friends events

Middle School Friends, Young Friends

The pricing of Young Friends and Middle School Friends gatherings are intended to cover the basic costs of running the event – some of which are food and other supplies, paying workshop leaders, transportation of supplies and volunteers there and back, transportation of participants while we’re together (sometimes relevant) as well as any costs associated with using the space itself. …

Welcoming Tara Rubinstein!

Middle School Friends

Exciting new adventures await the Middle School Friends program! Matt Sanderson is leaving and Tara Rubinstein is stepping in as our new Middle School Friends Coordinator! For the past seven years, Tara has served The Attic Youth Center as the Program Coordinator. There, she saw to the expansion of programs for the LGBTQ youth population in Philly aimed at building …

Celebrating Matt Sanderson

Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Friends

It is with a joyful sort of sadness that I announce the coming departure of Matt Sanderson from PYM staff, effective April 6, 2016. He started as Middle School Friends Assistant in 2009, and since 2012 he has served as Middle School Friends Coordinator. Yet, actually, Matt has served our community in other ways for many years. Beginning with a ...

The rise of silent self time

Middle School Friends

When I started working with Middle School Friends in an official capacity I immediately realized that the work was both exciting and exhausting. Spending Friday night and Saturday morning amongst 25+ middle schoolers means living life at a louder decibel level. Even when there is relative calm, like during worship sharing, the presence of so many people within a set …

Visiting your meeting?

Middle School Friends

Over the last few years the Middle School Friends program has visited many meetings. Out of the 100+ meetings that are part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting we have visited well over 25. This is a gift, both for the Middle Schoolers and the meeting attenders. They get to see Quakers as something larger than their own meeting, and notice the …

Did you know this about the Middle School Friends program?

Middle School Friends

Hello Quaker from the Philadelphia area, my name is Matt and I coordinate a program called the Middle School Friends program and I’m here to tell you that this program is the bee’s knees. Some of that is because I’m supported by an awesome program assistant in Kody Hersh, and a team of great volunteers at every gathering. It is …

You can help improve Middle School Friends!

Middle School Friends

Hey everyone! Do you know how your kid has wanted to attend a Middle School Friends gathering for years, but the gatherings keep conflicting with her soccer schedule? Well, I don’t, and I’d like to know, because the program is stronger when it’s designed to work for everyone, not just the people who are able to show up! So, I’ve …

Saying goodbye to our 8th graders!

Middle School Friends

This past weekend was the Middle School Friends annual gathering at Camp Swatara. This is not a traditional gathering in that our Middle School Friends gathering takes place at the same time and in the same location as a Young Friends (high school) gathering and the annual Caln Quarter family overnight. This means that there were folks of every age …

Road trip: a Middle School Friends tradition!

Middle School Friends

Are you a member of a Monthly meeting located far away from Philadelphia? Do you ever feel like it is difficult to fully participate in the yearly meeting because of the long distances involved? Middle School Friends feel your pain, and we’ve been doing our best to make the program accessible to folks in all corners of the yearly meeting. …

The Middle School Friends one-night experiment (with parents!)

Middle School Friends

This coming September we will be opening the Middle School Friends 2014-2015 school year with an exciting new experiment. We’ll be coming together, Middle School Friends and parents, for a Saturday evening potluck event. After dinner, the parents will say goodbye to their Middle schoolers (until Sunday afternoon) and head over to Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting for a viewing of …

Middle School Friends and the blizzard of 2013

Middle School Friends

It was Friday, December 8th of 2013 and we were winding down what had been an exciting and exhausting weekend. The previous day Middle School Friends had successfully designed and performed a peaceful protest with the help of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), performed a talent show, baked cookies, and played running charades. All that was left on the agenda …