Dear PYM Friends,
Can you think of a Friend who’d be a good fit to volunteer with children or teens at Annual Session? Please send this message to them!
One fantastic way for adults to experience PYM Annual Session is alongside younger Friends, either as a “Friendly Responsible Adult Presence (FRAP)” for Junior Yearly Meeting (teens) or as a Children’s Program “Teacher.” Come join us June 17-22, 2016 at Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma, California, USA!
The application forms and information about volunteering as a FRAP or Children’s Program Teacher are online, and deadlines are coming up soon (May 1st)!
Besides getting your registration cost waived, adults who spend the week in the children’s and teens’ programs regularly come out oozing joy and excitement about these lively core communities within PYM. Youth and adult Friends build relationships that strengthen and enliven our multi-generational Religious Society of Friends today and into the future.
Did you know: Children and teens may come to Annual Session without their parent/guardian by having an adult sponsor?! Please encourage the young people in your Meeting or Worship Group to attend, and help them find a sponsor if their parent/guardian can’t come. For youth who have few or no Quaker peers at their local meeting or at school, participating in regional gatherings is often a highlight of their year and the basis for a lasting connection to Friends’ community.
Also, REGISTRATION FOR ANNUAL SESSION IS OPEN!
Financial aid is available, too. The theme for this year’s session is “Lifting the Veil: Awakening to the Presence.” Youth will engage with this theme through games, singing, movement, workshops, interest groups, worship, worship sharing, service, play and rest.
Questions about the teen or children’s programs or the volunteer application process? Wondering in which program a young Friend would best fit? See more info on the JYM and CP pages or contact the Clerk(s):
Young Adults (ages 18-35+) also have a web page and group activities at Annual Session:
Young Adult Friends
Sent on behalf of JYM and Children’s Program Clerks …. in your service,
Alyssa Nelson, PYM Youth Programs Coordinator