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Junior Yearly Meeting 9th-13th of April 2012 in Ovoca Manor, County Wicklow.

Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) of The Religious Society of Friends in Ireland will be heald this year from Monday 9th to Friday 13th April 2012 in Ovoca Manor, County Wicklow.

Junior Yearly Meeting is a gathering for young friends and other young people from throughout the island of Ireland who are interested in Quakerism.  Please login to the members section for more details on cost, programme and application form.

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Quaker Youth in Ireland Yearly Meeting, June 2011

This article appears in the September-October 2011 issue of The Friendly Word the Irish Quaker bi-monthly magazine.

CAROLYN MCMULLAN, Youth Coordinator, Ireland Yearly Meeting, reports on a years activities:

On 1st July 2010 Ireland Yearly Meeting had their first Youth Coordinator take up post. This meant starting from scratch with the Young People aged between 10-30 years of age. The database which has now been set up tells us that there are just over 500 members and attenders within this age group.

My overarching aim is to raise the profile of our Young Friends in Ireland, to empower, enabling them to feel valued and a real sense of identity with The Religious Society of Friends here on this island.

How was I going to achieve this considering there were very real anxieties from many parents and some Meetings who did not know this new Youth Coordinator and there was a sense of too little too late!

First Objective – Youth Clubs

My first objective was to work on setting up some Youth Clubs I spent a lot of time working with parents and older young people to recruit helpers to enable the clubs to run effectively.

Over the year there have been 3 monthly youth clubs started up in various parts of the country. There are also 2 youth groups which meet every 2-3months. The regularity of these events reflects the wishes of the young people involved in the groups and my availability to organise and run them.

There has also been a worship and bible study evening on the first Sunday in the month. This was at the request of Young Friends.

The numbers of young people who have attended these occasions vary from 5 to 27.

Second Objective – Visit Meetings

It is planned that each Meeting be visited by the Youth Coordinator twice in the 3 year term. To date 16 Meetings have been visited. This has been an opportunity for members and attenders to meet with the Coordinator and find out what is happening with young people and how the youth of that Meeting can become involved.

Two Monthly Meetings have asked the Youth Coordinator to speak to them abou how things are going and how they can get involved in supporting the work being done.

Third Objective – Residential Events

The goal was to be involved with any existing or new residential events for young people in IYM. There have been a number of overnight events throughout the past year. These include Senior Moyallon Camp, Churchtown weekend, Over 18’s, JYM(arrangements and actual event), Yearly Meeting Youth Programme, Junior Moyallon Camp and Leadership Training Weekend.

Fourth Objective –  Work with Individuals

Part of the role has been to meet with individuals on a one to one basis just to touch base and bring encouragement both socially and spiritually. Involvement in planning and running group occasions has taken priority this year. None the less, if a young person asked to meet up the time was always made available.

Fifth Objective: Leadership Training Course

The Leadership Training was developed to help equip older young people to lead in a servant-hearted manner and yet be aware of health and safety and child protection issues. From the feedback it would appear to have been very helpful to all who attended. It is hoped that training of this nature will be an ongoing process throughout the 3 year term.

Sixth Objective: Programme for Young Friends at IYM

This proved to be a really successful time where we had loads of fun while addressing how we Quakers do business as well as playing many games and attending some of the main YM sessions. I know the more mature folk really enjoyed having up to 29 young people attending.

This has been a busy yet productive year, where a number of young people who were not actively involved in The Religious Society of Friends have been willing to attend get-togethers that have been organised.

The first year has been a time of learning, where the young people have openly expressed what it is they want from the Youth Coordinator. It has been my desire to implement their wishes to the best of my ability. I would hope that over the next 2 years there will be a strong network of Young Friends throughout Ireland who have a strong sense of Quaker identity and are committed to both the spiritual basis and social witness of the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland.

Senior Moyallon Camp 2011

Moyallon Camp is organised by Young Friends for anyone who wants to get
inspired and excited about God, grow in their faith, make new friends and have a week of fun! 

We will be exploring the theme “Who do you think you are? Were Quaker’s really that quiet?” and are excited to have Scott Spurlock as our speaker for the week.

 When? 8th-15th July

Where? Moyallon Centre

Who? For anyone aged 14+.

 Follow the links to find out more.

 http://tinyurl.com/Leaflet2011           http://tinyurl.com/ConsentForm2011

 Moyallon Camp Missionary Meeting 2011

 There will be a Missionary Meeting at 3pm on Sunday 10th July at the Moyallon Centre. You are invited to join Moyallon Campers as we think about what it means to be a missionary.
There will be light refreshments after the Missionary Meeting. 

Junior Yearly Meeting 21st -25th April

JYM, is an annual gathering for young Quakers (anyone between 14 and 18 — you don’t have to be a Member, just be interested and willing to get involved) from all over the island of Ireland.  This year’s theme, ‘Quakers: past, present, future’, will be explored through workshops and small-group discussion sessions, with plenty of time left over for games, entertainment and free time to just get to know other young Quakers.

JYM 2011 will be held at Moyallon Residential  Centre, near Portadown in Co Armagh, from Thursday 21 April (Holy Thursday) to Monday 25 April (Easter Monday).  Visit JYM website for details.

Moyallon is a great venue, designed for group events like ours.  Visit Moyallon website for directions and to take a look at their facilities.

 If you’d like to attend, email siobhan.haire@teachfirst.org.uk for an electronic version of the leaflet and application form.  JYM age range is 14 to 18.

Dates for Junior Youth Club

Junior Youth Clubs are held in Dublin and Portadown on a regular basis:

For the 10-14 age group at Portadown Meeting House between 7.30 to 10.0 pm  on the following dates:

Friday 8th April

Friday 13th May

For the 10-16 age group at Rathfarnham Meeting House between 7.30 to 10.0 pm  on the following dates:

Saturday 12th March

Saturday 9th April

Saturday 14th May