Rejoice in the presence of children and young people in your meeting and recognise the gifts they bring.
from Quakers’ Advices and Queries
Children are very welcome at Redland Meeting and we have a lively and active group who gather every Sunday during term time for Children’s Meeting.
The Children’s Meeting takes place every Sunday from 11.15 – 12.00.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the main Meeting at 11.00 where they stay for 15 minutes before being taken downstairs to one of the community rooms.
At 12.00 the children are brought back upstairs to rejoin Meeting and sometimes they share their (often very colourful!) activities.
During school holidays children are very welcome to join Meeting for Worship for the whole hour but remain the responsibility of their parents. A box of suitable activities is available in the Meeting Room for their entertainment.
A crèche is also available from 11.15 for younger children whose parents want them looked after throughout meeting. The crèche is held in an adjacent room to Children’s Meeting. Parents are asked to resume responsibility for their children at 12.00, before Notices.
More about the Children’s Meeting
The Children’s Meeting is not intended to imitate school or indeed Sunday School. Instead we travel with the children in their exploration of Quaker approaches to life through a range of enjoyable activities from shared songs to making placards. Parents are welcome to stay as long as their children need them. Children are also welcome to join Meeting for Worship for the whole hour if they wish to do so.
Whilst Sunday Children’s Meeting is central to our involvement with children, there are other occasional events and activities throughout the year, either organised specifically with the children in mind or to which families and children are very welcome.
There will always be at least two adults with the children, at least one of whom will be satisfactorily checked with the Disclosure and Barring Service. Occasionally the children may be taken out for a walk or other activity: we shall not take them off the premises without your permission.
All who work with the children work within the Bristol Area Meeting Safeguarding Policy.
(convenor, Children and Young Person’s Committee)
on 0117 373 0306