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 …

The importance of long-term volunteers!

Middle School Friends

Our program is powered primarily by the wonderful kids who participate, and the fantastic adults who volunteer. Middle Schoolers come to our gatherings for a variety of reasons including but not limited to: finding safe space to be themselves, trying out an edgy or different way of being, getting away from their ‘normal lives’, finding new friends, connecting to Quakerism, …

Swatara!

Middle School Friends

Middle School Friends gathered at Camp Swatara for the weekend of May 3rd through 5th. The Swatara gathering is extra exciting because we gather at the same time as both Young Friends and Caln Quarter’s annual family weekend. Middle School Friends dared take on the rock pile trail, an annual hike that involves climbing over a series of boulders to …

Spring has Sprung gathering and after thoughts

Middle School Friends

The weather has conspired against the Middle School Friends program, giving us a warm sunny Saturday during our Winter Wonderland gathering in Januarys, and cold, snowy weekend during our Spring has Sprung gathering in March. Fortunately, Middle Schoolers can find joy in all temperatures, and we made full use of beautiful campus of Haverford Meetinghouse, Haverford Friends School, and even …

Winter Wonderland gathering was a success!

Middle School Friends

Middle School Friends came together for our Winter Wonderland gathering January 18th-20th, our first gathering of 2013. 25 Middle School Friends and 8 Friendly Adult Presences (FAPS) gathered at Newtown Meeting for a weekend focused around joys and sorrows, happiness and sadness, and thinking about finding joy even in the cold, dark days of winter. During the weekend we took …

New Youth Programs Assistant!

Middle School Friends, Young Friends

PYM’s Young Friends and Middle School Friends Programs are pleased to announce Kody Hersh as the Youth Programs Assistant. The Youth Programs Assistant is a new position that incorporates the former Young Friends Program Assistant and the Middle School Friends Program Assistant into a single role, creating greater continuity between the two programs and providing a familiar face and personality …

New website!

Middle School Friends

PYM has upgraded our website, and the Middle School Friends page was no exception. Check out the photo albums from the December gathering and January gatherings, and check back here for regular updates about the program!

Quaker Business and Zombies – MSF style!

Middle School Friends

On October 19th, Middle Schoolers from meetings all over the PYM region gathered at Princeton Friends Meeting for the first event of the new school year. We welcomed new faces and old to the fun and vibrant MSF community for the weekend in which we explored topics of the season: harvest, happiness, heaven & hell – and of course, enjoyed …