Children

Children’s Programs at Annual Session and Quarterly Meetings are offered for infants through middle school. At Annual Session, 13-year olds have the choice of joining Children’s Program or Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM, our Teen Program). Any requests for exceptions to this age guideline must be received by the requested program’s committee clerk (for 2017: Chamba Cooke) at least 6 weeks prior to the event; the ultimate decision whether to accept an older child into CP will be made though a discernment process by the CP committee or subcommittee appointed at the CPC’s discretion. There are activities at annual session that middle schoolers and JYM do together to prepare for a transition to JYM. If you have questions, please read the transitions policy document and contact the clerks of these committees to determine the best program fit for a particular Friend.

Typically the Children’s Program at Annual Session is divided into three age groups:  infants and preschoolers, lower elementary, and upper elementary and/or middle school; co-teachers work a half day with one of these groups.

Note: Minors may attend without their parent/guardian if they have a Sponsor. When minors are not in CP or JYM (such as at meal times), they must be under the supervision of their parent/guardian/sponsor.

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ON CHILDREN: EXCERPTS FROM PYM’S FAITH AND PRACTICE

“Children bring special blessings to the Meeting community. Meetings must learn to cultivate the spiritual gifts of their youngest members, to listen to them and learn from them.

Jesus said: Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for such belongs to the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.
–Luke 18:16-17

“As Meetings open themselves to the lessons children offer, they must also be attentive to families experiencing the joys and stresses of child rearing. Parents provide for the healthy development of their children’s minds, bodies, and spirits. Time and attention needed for this central task should be shielded from less important tasks. Meetings should share these responsibilities with parents and extended families so that children grow in the knowledge that they occupy a valuable place in the Meeting community. All adults in the Meeting should find ways to be involved in the children’s lives.” (From PYM Faith & Practice, p. 35, “The Meeting Community”)

“During the Yearly Meeting annual session the Children’s Program Committee is responsible for coordinating an educational program and activities for infants and children up through sixth grade [amended guidelines as of 2016: through age 12, and 13 year olds may choose CP or JYM]. It selects, supervises and evaluates the program coordinators, and determines the level of their stipend. This committee consists of six members, who serve three-year overlapping terms, with two members appointed annually. The current and immediate past coordinators are members ex officio.” (From PYM Faith & Practice, p. 180, “The Yearly Meeting as an Organization”)