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18 September 2009

Introducing Young Friends General Meeting - preview

Siobhan Haire gives the lowdown on the workings of a ‘roving’ Meeting

Young Friends General Meting (YFGM) has, on occasion, felt itself to be the black sheep of the extended Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) family
  • Often out of touch with the rest of the family, introspective at important occasions, wrapped up in its personal issues and unwilling to take part in family life
  • The metaphor could be further embellished… But times they are a-changing, and YFGM is coming back to the fold this year, and looking forward to catching up with its relatives

  • ‘Hold on!’ I hear you cry, ‘it’s lovely having a Young Friend writing for the Friend – I thought they were all practically illiterate – but what is YFGM?’ Well, dear reader, let me explain
  • Young Friends General Meeting (a snappy nom-de-guerre/paix if ever I heard one) is effectively a non-geographical Meeting within BYM, operating three weekend gatherings per year and (hopefully!) other miscellaneous gatherings for Friends aged eighteen to thirty-ish
  • Where Holiday School and Junior Yearly Meeting end, we begin, and when you’re tired of sleeping on Meeting house floors, you can go and be a proper Quaker
  • We’re like a cadet training school crossed with an extended debutantes ball for young Quakers

  • Siobhan Haire

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