Youth Programs at FGC’s 2021 Gathering

FGC Gathering is a unique event where young people can build relationships and bond with Quakers from across the continent. This an exciting and important opportunity for many children and youth in our Meetings. Please share this information with youth and families in your community.

Early registration opens April 15-29. If you have any interest in serving as a volunteer in our Youth Programs, both the Junior Gathering Staff application and the High School application are now live.

HIGH SCHOOL

Come to FGC 2021 Gathering’s High School Program for a choose-your-own-adventure of exploring Quaker faith and spirituality in community. Every day offers opportunities to connect in support groups, share with affinity groups, and play games at our evening hang outs. All of our high-school activities complement the all-age Gathering programs such as workshops, evening plenaries, worship sharing and more. Our High School Clerks are currently preparing for High School business sessions and will be skilled and ready to support the community through meeting for business online.

We are also offering a new program this year to lay the foundation of our week in community. The High School Program will include anti-racism and decolonizing for liberation trainings. An outside facilitator will lead the High School community through a process of interactive, transformative activities to help create a community based in trust and joy throughout the week and beyond. The training will be art-infused and healing-informed and will engage participants through sensory exploration.

To learn more about the High School Program, please visit our webpage.

JUNIOR GATHERING     

Junior Gathering is a home for children from birth through 9th grade engaging in spirituality and community. We will gather together each day for art, stories, and song. The themes of the 2021 Junior Gathering are culture, place, and belonging. Each session is 90 minutes and includes a break. The first half of the session will be a full group activity, and the second half will be in age-based break-out groups. We are thrilled to co-host the StoryTime with the People of Color Center again this year. We also welcome visual artist Zan Lombardo and musician and evening plenary speaker Niyonu Spann to share their gifts during the week. We will close our week together with an Open Mic, a joyful celebration of our community. The 2021 Junior Gathering will also feature optional Theme Days and JG @ Home activities to help families stay connected to Gathering while taking time offline. Dress up in a silly hat, cook a meal together, take a walk in your neighborhood, and sense the Spirit moving within.

To learn more about Junior Gathering, please visit our webpage.

DETAILS

  • All FGC Youth Programs are staffed by volunteer Friends who have completed background clearances and a child safety training.
  • Registration for Gathering opens April 15.
  • All 2021 Gathering Programs are Pay as Led. Suggested costs for youth programs range from $15-$100 for the week.
  • Read what youth and families are saying on our Testimonials webpage!

An Introduction

The Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) is an international, cross-branch, grassroots network of Friends sharing a stewardship for lifelong Quaker faith formation through religious education. We formed in April 2014 and now serve more than 300 Friends in our network. We actively engage and support each other across languages and continents. We gather for regional and annual conferences and offer monthly Conversation Circles via an online conferencing platform.

Steering Circle

We share leadership as part of our collaborative mission, making decisions using the Quaker ‘sense of the meeting’ process, sitting in expectant, worshipful waiting for the emergence of shared truth. Read more…

Working Circles

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Our work  takes place in ‘circles’ or small groups of Friends who labor on a common task, usually meeting by video conference due to the geographic diversity of the membership. Read more…

The Resource Library

Finders Guide, a sampling of the collection

The QREC Resource Library is a place to share lessons and other educational information in support of our work as Quaker religious educators. This library is a forum for curricula, articles, videos and other educational materials on Quaker themes. You will also find principles, policies and procedures to strengthen operation of your child, youth and adult religious education programs.

Children’s Education

Adult Education

Family

African Quaker Library

Youth Education

Small Meetings

Young Adult Friends

Biblioteca QREC

Events

Find renewal, companionship, and help for nitty gritty issues in Quaker religious education, all the while opening spaces for Spirit to work and listening together for God’s way forward.

QREC holds an annual conference and retreat. In addition we hold online Conversation Circles and post other religious education events as we learn about them.

Conversation Circles

Online conferences for Quaker religious educators to share about their work. Conversations are scheduled for two sessions per topic to encourage international participation.  Join the conversation…

Other Events

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Religious education events of interest to Quakers from all parts of the world. Please let us know about upcoming online or in-person events happening in your area. See the list of upcoming events…

Love at the Heart

Spiritual Practices

Discernment

Active Caring

Quaker Family Culture

Finding the Light

Faith at Home

Home is the heart of faith formation for all families. This is especially true for Friends. As an experiential religion, Quakerism is best learned through living in loving community. Indeed, the vast majority of faith formation for our young Friends happens at home in the busy swirl of daily life.

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Get Involved

QREC depends on all of us sharing our gifts and skills as religious educators. Here are some of the ways you can get involved…