Young Friends General Meeting is the national organisation for Young Quakers in Britain. Our main events are the three General Meetings which take place at Quaker meeting houses around the country in February, May and October each year. These weekends are open to anyone aged between 18 and 30ish who is a Quaker, or interested in Quakerism, and are a chance to meet like-minded people and find out more about, and influence, what Young Adult Friends do.
We meet three times a year for residential weekends in different Quaker Meeting Houses to spend time together, explore our faith and ways of living out the Quaker testimonies to truth, simplicity, equality and peace. At each weekend we welcome between 50 and 60 Young Adult Friends.
What happens at these weekends? If you come to a weekend with us you can expect:
- Plentiful games
- Some opportunities for silent worship – a relaxing epilogue at the end of the day, some singing before Sunday morning meeting, Quaker Meeting itself.
- Sufficient chatting over a cup of tea
- A speaker or two – recently we have welcomed Paul Parker, Recording Clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting, who spoke about his vision for the future of Quakerism, Pam Lunn, Programme Leader for the Good Lives Project at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre who challenged us to imagine a world without oil, and Symon Hill, Christian writer and activist, who spoke to us about sexuality and spirituality.
- Some helping out in the kitchen – we cater for ourselves over the weekend, so you might be asked help with some chopping, scrubbing, washing or drying.
- Some direct action activism – recently we have occupied a Barclays bank as part of UKUncut, and created some art on Brighton beach as part of the 350 day environmental campaign.
- A brace of business sessions – as a small charity we have decisions to make about how we use the money in our control to sustain ourselves, support other organisations and promote our witness.
YFGM weekends provide an opportunity to discuss the concerns of young Friends. They are also a time to meet up with old Friends and make new ones, to consider our lives, to worship together and have fun.
We ask for a contribution to food and accommodation costs for our gatherings. The amount depends on your income, and if you are unable to pay this or for transport to reach us, bursary funds are available – again, please get in touch with our office.
YFGM is committed to making our gatherings as inclusive as possible. The more information we have about your needs, whether physical or not, in advance of a gathering, the better we can support you while you are with us.
If you want more information on YFGM and Young Quakers in Britain please contact the YFGM office to request an enquirer’s pack.
User Friendly Guide
More information on YFGM is in our leaflet: A User Friendly Guide to YFGM.
Quakerism is a religion and a way of life. We hold meetings for worship where we listen in silence for inspiration to give ministry. We live our lives to testimonies of truth, equality, peace and simplicity. We have no creed or set of rules.
We more formally call ourselves The Religious Society of Friends.
For more information about Quakers in Britain, please visit the website of Britain Yearly Meeting.
Quakers like having fun and have nothing to do with the brand of porridge oats!