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”)

Children’s Program Committee

“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] during the Yearly Meeting’s Annual Session.

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”)

Service Opportunities – Volunteer as a Teacher or Committee Member!

Contacts & Committee Info

  • Feel free to contact the Children’s Program Committee Clerk with any questions: Suellen Lowry
  • The committee also appoints a Children’s Program Coordinator or and two Onsite Coordinators for our Annual Sessions (since we met virtually in 2020, these positions have not yet been filled).
  • Job descriptions for CP Committee, Teachers, and Coordinators.
  • The CPC is not responsible for planning children’s programs or support throughout the year. Please contact our Religious Education Subcommittee for year-round assistance pertaining to children and families.
  • The full list of Children’s Program Committee members for 2020-2021:

2021 Suellen Lowry, Humboldt (2019) Co-clerk
2021 Vivian Carlson, Honolulu (2017)
2022 Rhea Farley, Strawberry Creek (2020) Co-clerk
2023 Molly Bishop, Redwood Forest (2020)
2023 Sandy Farley, Palo Alto (2020)

Ex officio: Children’s Program Coordinator, Youth Programs Coordinator

Youth and Intergenerational Activities Calendar

Please visit the intergenerational calendar here for youth-related events sponsored by our yearly and quarterly meetings.

Children’s Programs

Children’s Programs at Annual Session and Quarterly Meetings are offered for infants through middle school. 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 (morning session or afternoon session).

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 (see below for CP contacts or JYM page) 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.

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

Join us at PYM’s Annual Session!

How to Register and Required Parent/Guardian Forms

  • Register online for PYM Annual Session [registration opens in May] happening virtually July 10-15, 2020: Please register by the deadline to avoid the late registration fee. To complete your child’s registration, we must also receive the required forms below with your original signatures so we can have these paper copies onsite. Please print, sign, and mail these forms to the address provided when you filled out the online registration form (as given in the payment instructions section). Address is also posted on AS 2020 Info Page.
  • Submit the Packet of Required Parental Consent Forms, which includes:
    • Parental Consent Form
    • Medical History Form (NOT APPLICABLE 2020)
    • “Tell us About your Child (NOT APPLICABLE 2020)

Important Reading: 


 Some older documents related to Children’s Program Committee can be found here.

Past Welcome Letters to Parents/Guardians/Sponsors: 2019, 20182017

Packet of Required Parental Consent Forms 2019