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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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: …