Oxford Quaker Meeting provides separate Meetings for children to coincide with our 11am Sunday Meeting for Worship.
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 organised each Sunday in the Library at 11:00am
- Children’s Meeting/Middle Group: A Meeting for 5-12 year olds every Sunday in the Long Room from 11:00am; content varies from week to week and includes drama, discussion, cooking, craft activities, storytelling, games, and more
- Teenagers/Young People: 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 each Sunday, all the children and helpers join the adult Meeting and are embraced in the gathered silence.