“Children and young people need love and stability.Are we doing all we can to uphold and sustain parents and otherswho carry the reponsibility for providing this care?”
-Advice and Query No. 24
Oxford Quaker Meeting provides separate Meetings for children to coincide with our 11am Sunday Meeting. These Meetings 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 each Sunday at 11.00am in the Library.
- Children’s Meeting/Middle Group: For 5-12 year olds, a Meeting is held every Sunday from 11am in the Long Room. The content varies from week to week and includes drama, discussion, cooking, craft activities, storytelling, games, and more.
- 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.
At 11:50 all the children and helpers join the adult Meeting and are embraced in the gathered silence.
Family events and all age worship happen throughout the year—above are a few images from 2018.