Giant Children’s Meeting continues on 3rd Sundays at 9:00 am
Join Friends and Families from across the Yearly Meeting for a monthly religious education program. It’s “giant” because everyone is invited! It’s “children’s meeting” because we’re making a space to nurture the spiritual lives and Quaker identity of young people.
We hope this online community will support families and the Friends offering children’s programs in their meeting; the 9:00 start is intended to allow folks to attend worship in their own meeting later that morning.
Each 30-45 minute program is for preschool and elementary-age children and their families. Each time will feature a theme and seasoned facilitators leading us through grounding, exploring, wondering, and creating. Our program will connect with the Youth Programs theme for this year, “Building the Quaker Community We Want to Be”
- January 16: New Beginnings
- February 20: Following Dreams
- March 20: Springing into Being
- April 17: An Easter Story for Friends
- May 15: Growing Feelings
Family overnight is a one-night sleepover for families with kids K-5th grade, an intentional village for the purpose of being a family of Friends.
There are multigenerational activities for the whole family, a dinner together, free time to play, bedtime stories, multigenerational worship on Sunday morning, a chance for adults to spend time with other parents, and everyone is home in time on Sunday to prepare for the rest of the week! We endeavor to keep costs low to minimize the financial burden on our families.
The Winter Family Overnight is dedicated to getting cozy: hot chocolate, stories by the fire, and with a little luck, a high-velocity snowball exchange. In the Spring, we revel in the outdoors with field games and a campfire.
There is time in the afternoon and evening on Saturday for games and activities in which people of all ages can participate. Laughter, silliness, and games are never in short supply. Free time is also built into the schedule, so the kids can play together and the adults can connect as well.
On Sunday morning the whole group worships together. Sometimes that looks like being welcomed by a loving teacher and engaging in an interactive religious education class. Sometimes that looks like taking a mindfulness walk or experimenting with other kinds of silent worship. This time together is often one of the biggest takeaways for families.
- Winter Family Overnight at Camp Onas: February 19-20, 2022
- Spring Family Overnight at Camp Dark Waters: April 30-May 1, 2022
Note: All children need to have a Health/Permission form filled out when registering for in-person and overnight events (Family Overnights, Annual Sessions). This will be on file all year and is good for all events from Annual Sessions in July through the following June, when there will be an updated form due.