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Welcome to Australian Quaker Children and JYF website.

We would love to hear what you would like this website to provide for your meeting’s children and Friends involved and interacting with children and JYFs. We also hope to include a photo Gallery and would appreciate your contributions.

If you would like any more information about anything described in the on this website, don’t hesitate to contact me. If you would like to advertise a family friendly or children or JYF event, or contribute an article or some resources, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact me regarding any of these requests/suggestions on:

JYF_C_Coord@quakers.org.au
0419 628 865
02 6247 3464
Wilma Davidson
AYM Children and JYF coordinator

The Quaker community, gifts from birth to beyond

It was my intention to provide recourses for those RMs who wish to include All Age Meeting in their regular MFW and I still will provide attachments and links that may be helpful, however as I have been thinking about this I have been led to share personally what it means for me and what gifts all age worship has given me.

After CRM All Age MFW in January 2017, on the topic ‘Getting to know each other’ I watched with great joy, the chatter at the after meeting morning tea. Friends approached younger Friends, and younger Friends approached older Friends they may have never spoken to before. Friends were outside with their cups of tea talking to those up the tree. Friends were introducing themselves by name. Name tags were being read with gusto.

Prior to MFW, Friends had been asked to brings something they enjoyed doing. One friend brought artists sand, and soon this new medium attracted many. The knitters included a nine year old who brought the clown he had knitted. We had two musicians, one who played for us after MFW. We had a rabbit there in spirit and on a photograph. And so much more to be shared and discussed.

This is not new, I have seen similar interactions at our meeting before, and at YM, residential weekends and at Edinburgh Local Meeting. And I’m sure it does happen at other meetings. What I was seeing was that no group, be it, age, gender, member, attender, visitor) took responsibility. All Friends were out there getting to know the people in our community better. And that there appeared to be genuine interest rather than practicing inclusion and being polite.

What I was seeing was that no group, be it, age, gender, member, attender, visitor, took responsibility. All Friends were out there getting to know the people in our community better.

Its when it he interaction happens naturally, without thought or expectation, and eventually without being seen as anything special, that’s the gift. The gift of sharing, the gift of equality, the gift of community.

0419 628 865
02 6247 3464
Wilma Davidson
AYM Children and JYF coordinator
March 2017

PENN FRIENDS: an important connection

Penn Friends is an initiative introduced over decade go to connect an adult Friend with child of the meeting. They can contact each other as they wish, as often or as little as they agree upon – maybe birthday cards or postcards from their travels, or the occasional phone call or text.

A few years ago at YM I met a Penn Friend catching up with his Penn Friend of many years, his partner and their baby!

Penn Friendships are many and varied. I have one Penn Friend I see growing up now truly an adolescent, and another on the verge of JYFdom. They’re both great joy to me. We don’t see each other all that much, however with Facebook, text and Skype, varied communication is possible.

Each YM at the Penn Friend afternoon tea (often prepared and baked by the children) Penn friends meet up, sometimes for the first time since the last YM, and new Penn Friends are recruited.

Penn Friends often cover many states and sometimes overseas, (though Canberra Regional Meeting has introduced a RM Penn Friend programme). The normal required safety checks are undergone by all adults participating in the programme.

If you would like to be involved in the Penn Friend programme, or have a Penn Friend story you would like to share, please contact me on: JYF_C_Coord@quakers.org.au

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0419 628 865
02 6247 3464
Wilma Davidson
AYM Children and JYF coordinator
October 2016

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