Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Ministry with Children

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Summary
Workshop Number: 
42
Leaders: 
Jessamyn Doan, Patsy Arnold Martin
Who may register?: 
High Schoolers Only
Worship/Worship-Sharing: 
5%
Lecture: 
0%
Discussion: 
5%
Experiential Activities: 
90%
full-time attenders only

High School Program participants will join experienced Junior Gathering leaders in creating a fun, safe, and Spirit-filled Junior Gathering environment for our youngest Gathering participants. Learn to lead, and use your talents to give back to our community! Early arrival by Sunday morning is mandatory.

Workshop Description

Friends of high school age join other Junior Gathering Staff in the care, enjoyment and spiritual nurture of younger children during the Morning workshop times.  This workshop provides support, camaraderie and mentoring for those who are moved to work with children.  Participants are full Junior Gathering volunteer staff with all the rewards and responsibilities.  You can expect a mix of play, learning, social, spiritual, and résumé building experience.

Preparation Before Gathering:

§  Fill out a Junior Gathering staff application online, including References & meeting verification.

§  You may receive a phone call from workshop leader to talk about your interests and experience.  This may be considered an interview.

§  You will be notified if you are selected.

§  Bring:  Curiosity, ideas for games, centered worship, watching eyes and listening ears.

Expectations and Support:

§  Participants are expected to take regular JG Staff training all day on Sunday, June 29:  This includes Child Safety Training as well as an orientation/team building meeting and worship session.  You will receive free housing on campus Saturday night June 28, so you can be ready to begin Sunday morning.  Your family members will not receive free housing unless they are also on staff.

§  You will receive a staff t-shirt which you will be required to wear during program time.  This is a bright orange shirt.

§  The workshop leader will check in with each of you daily during morning program time.  If you have concerns, this will be a chance to schedule time for more lengthy discussion.

§  There will be 2 feedback sessions for our whole workshop group.  (No, we won’t have a session on Out Trip day.)  

§  Smokers:  We ask Junior Gathering staff of all ages to use utmost discretion! Please avoid smoking in visual or smell range of the Gathering’s children whether you are on duty or not.  We consider this crucial to your place in the Junior Gathering as caregiver and role model.

Leader Experience

I've been working with the Oak Group (K Group, when I did it) for several years now--I led workshops on theatre and Quaker history, and I loved the chance to merge playfulness and spiritual seeking. I'll be here to talk with you and provide support throughout the week so that the experience can be meaningful and fulfilling for both you and the children.  Come to play and to learn!!