Friends General Conference

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Gathering Programs and Events

A workshop at the Gathering (photo: Marta Rusek)

The Gathering offers a wide variety of programs and events throughout the week.

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Adults and high schoolers sign up for a week long, morning workshop when they register for the FGC Gathering. All children (birth through rising ninth grade) are in age-specific Junior Gathering groups (the children's program). Some adults choose to serve as Junior Gathering or High School volunteer staff and receive a workgrant for their service. High Schoolers who want to work with Junior Gathering children may choose the morning workshop "Ministry with Children."


Adults gather each evening to hear a speaker or performerOn Tuesday night, Friends will choose among a couple dozen Interest Groups, generally led by Gathering attenders. On Wednesday night, Friends of all ages gather for an evening together  - usually for a concert. High Schoolers are welcome at all evening programs. Some evening presentations might also be open to the public at no charge if space allows. Before attending, please check the website in late June to see if the event will be open.

Youth (birth through rising ninth grade) are in Junior Gathering groups on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. 

Evening singing (photo: Arthur Fink)

Early Mornings, Afternoons, Late Evenings

During these times, Friends choose among a wide variety of events generally lasting 60 to 90 minutes, including:

Pre-Gathering Events

Friends may choose to attend a one to two day event prior to the Gathering to explore a topic in depth. Browse this year's pre-Gathering offerings.

Other reasons to consider arriving early at the Gathering include:

  • Mandatory training for High School staff (starts Friday night)
  • Mandatory training for Junior Gathering staff (starts Sunday at noon, many staff arrive Saturday night)
  • Time for settling in before the Gathering begins

Children and Teens

Children and teens flourish in age groups at the Gathering. Children are in their own programs every morning (during adult workshops) and every evening (during evening programs) -- except for the mid-week intergenerational evening program. High schoolers (starting with rising tenth graders) are housed in their own dorm, sign up for a morning workshop, have some high school specific activities and also may participate in many afternoon options.