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 (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.
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). In 2016, Children’s Program introduced the Saturday Night Campfire, open to all ages: it was a hit and continues!
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 for Children’s Program at PYM Annual Session!
- Welcome Letter to Parents/Guardians/Sponsors (2018 forthcoming), [Archive: 2017]
- Community Expectations for All Attenders, Annual Session 2018
- Child Abuse Prevention Policy
- Policy on Transitions Process between Children’s Program and Junior Yearly Meeting (Teen Program)
- Job descriptions for CP Committee, Teachers, and Coordinator
How to Register and Required Forms:
- Register online for PYM Annual Session [registration opens in May] at Walker Creek Ranch, July 13-18, 2018: 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 2018 Info Page. Thanks!
- Submit the Packet of Required Parental Consent Forms 2018, which includes:
- Parental Consent Form
- Medical History Form
- And one page for the teen program that you can ignore for Children’s Program
- Mail these to the address given in the registration (same as for sending payment by check). Address is also posted on AS 2018 Info Page.
- “Tell Us About Your Child” form 2018 TBA: This form will help children’s teachers get to know them more quickly and better meet their needs. Please email your completed form (one per child) to the CP Coordinator by the deadline or bring it with you to the meeting for parents/guardians/sponsors on Friday afternoon at Walker Creek. Please also feel free to discuss any concerns in greater depth with the coordinator and/or teachers.
Service Opportunities – Volunteer as a Teacher or Committee Member!
- Be a Children’s Program “Teacher”: see the Adult Allies to Youth / Youth Workers page
- Serve on the Children’s Program Committee: contact Nominating Committee to express your interest or to suggest a Friend who has the gifts and interest for this service.
- Job descriptions for CP Committee, Teachers, and Coordinator
- Read more about Adult Allies to Youth and PYM Youth Workers
Contacts & Committee Info
Feel free to contact the 2018 Children’s Program Committee Clerks with any questions:
Peggy Craik (Conejo Valley) <email@example.com>
Chamba Cooke (Grass Valley) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The committee also appoints a coordinator or co-coordinators:
Nate Secrest (Redwood Forest) <email@example.com>
Lee Sisson (Palo Alto) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
See full list of committee members at bottom of this page.
Youth and Intergenerational Activities Calendar
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.
“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”)
2017-2018 Children’s Program Committee
2018 Chamba Cooke, Grass Valley (2015), co-clerk
2018 Carol Cruickshank, San Francisco (2015)
2018 Peggy Craik, Conejo Valley WG (2016), co-clerk
2019 Marcus Melander, Santa Cruz (2017)
2020 Mary Lee, Visalia (2017)
2020 Vivian Carlson, Honolulu (2017)
Ex Officio: Children’s Program Coordinator, Youth Programs Coordinator
Children’s Program Co-Coordinators
(appointed by Children’s Prog Committee)
2018 Nate Secrest, Redwood Forest (2016)
2019 Lee Sisson, Palo Alto (2018)