Oxford Quaker Meeting provides separate meetings for children to coincide with our 11 am Sunday meeting. These aim to help the children feel part of the life of the Meeting by making friends amongst both adults and children and by exploring Quaker practice, history and testimonies. There are three groups, all run by parents and volunteers:
- Beansprouts/Crèche: Supervised play for 0-5 year olds is organised on the last Sunday of each month at 11.00am in the Library for 0-5 year olds. Contact: Mary Ormerod (01865 553503)
- Children’s Meeting/Middle Group: For 5-12 year olds, a meeting is held every Sunday from 11 am in the Long Room. The content varies from week to week and includes drama, discussion, cooking, craft activities, storytelling, games and more. Contact: Virginia Allport (01865 515984)
- Teenagers/Young People: The 12-18 year olds are welcome at Meeting each week, either in the main Meeting House or joining with the other children’s groups as participants or helpers. They may also be invited to take part occasionally in age-group specific evening or weekend activities and events, generally organised across the Meetings in the Oxford and Swindon area. Contact: Gwithian Doswell (01865 513077)
At 11:50 all the children and helpers join the adult Meeting and are embraced in the gathered silence.