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Children

Ages up to 11

Advices and Queries 19 tell us that as adults we are to

"rejoice in the presence of children and young people in your Meeting and recognise the gifts they bring. Remember that the Meeting as a whole shared a responsibility for every child in its care. Seek for them, as for yourself a full development of God's gifts and the abundant life Jesus tells us can be ours. How do you share your deepest beliefs with them, while leaving them free to develop as the spirit of God may lead them? Do you invite them to share their insights with you? Are you ready both to learn from them and to accept your responsibilities towards them?"

 

Children are encouraged to participate in Meeting for Worship and in Quaker life in many different ways. Some meetings will have arrangements for children to be present for 10 or 15 minutes at the beginning or end of the Meeting and then spend the rest of the time in a Children's Meeting where there will be discussions and activities.

Useful ideas on how to run children's meetings and how to support children in developing their spirituality can be found on the Resources tab above.