Welcome! Annual Sessions is a time to connect families and young people across the yearly meeting community with our wider PYM Family!
As meetings and families begin to shift into more in-person activities, we decided to add an in-person Community Visit to Historic Fair Hill on Sunday, July 25 to kick off Annual Sessions and our Youth Programs theme for the coming year, “Building the Quaker Community We Want to Be.” We look forward to seeing all ages there together for a morning of fellowship, worship, and service.
The limited online programs for Children and Youth are focused on fun and learning. They are not scheduled alongside other Sessions programming, to allow for easier access with shared home electronic devices and to free parents to ensure appropriate oversight of their children’s activities.
Worship for All Ages
We worship together every day at Annual Sessions. We seek to be a multigenerational spiritual community, and welcome all ages of Friends to worship together.
- Wednesday, 7–8:30 p.m. – All Ages Worship and Keynote with Nikki Mosgrove
- Thursday, 9–10 a.m. – Memorial Worship
- Friday, 9–10 a.m.
- Saturday, 9–10 a.m.
- Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. (We encourage meetings who are doing hybrid worship to join together, from their meetinghouse!)
Worship Sharing for Parents
Annual Sessions is also a time for Families to be in community and while we can’t be in the residential Family Neighborhood together this summer, we’ll offer a space for parents, primary caregivers (including grandparents), foster parents, and guardians of infants to teens to gather for support and fellowship on Saturday evening with worship sharing from 9-10 pm. We will gather for a time of grounded listening, spiritual care, and joy together. People who are parenting children ages 0-18 are invited to join!
After considering the needs of children, youth, and their families, we have scaled back considerably the online programming at this year’s Annual Sessions. We hope that all ages from Pre-Kindergarten through rising high school Seniors (and their families) will join us on Sunday, July 25 for an in-person event at Historic Fair Hill. This Quaker burial ground is a hub of community activity today, with a gardening program and focus on learning and literacy. We’re excited to partner with them for the first time and kick-off our program year with all three Youth groups together!
Program descriptions below say more about how each group will be engaging together in 2-3 online opportunities for community. Times online will be age-appropriate lengths. We’re excited for special guests and time to explore the Sessions theme, “Unroot Injustice, Root Justice.” See the Youth Programs Registration for specific times for each Youth Programs group.
Childrens Sessions (K-5th)
Come and play at Historic Fair Hill on July 25! Children who register will receive a “Spiritual Care Package” in the mail before Sessions starts, with materials to use during two afternoon Children’s program times. One afternoon we’ll have a visit with artist-in-residence Pam for Drag Queen Story Hour! The other afternoon will be an art project exploring the Sessions theme, “Unroot Injustice, Root Justice.”
Middle School Friends (6th-8th)
Middle School Friends is a community of rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The MSF program is growing in new ways in the coming year, becoming a “Quaker Coming of Age” program that will focus on spiritual growth, service, and identity. This summer for Annual Sessions, sign up for the visit to Historic Fair Hill and afternoon programs on Thursday and Friday — MSF will spend time hanging out, playing games, cooking, and getting to know each other better!
Young Friends (9th-12th)
Young Friends provides a spiritual home for high school aged Quaker and Quaker-friendly youth. Our program at Annual Sessions will include workshops, worship sharing, committee time and meeting for business—alongside fellowship together. This year, we are so excited to work with Mai Spann-Wilson, who will lead Young Friends in a multi-part workshop on Social Justice. Part one is for adults who are family or mentors to Young Friends — sign up to do the July 6 workshop with Mai, and then join Young Friends for the multigenerational session on Saturday, July 31!