The image on the right (one orange ball = an hour) illustrates the average number of hours that children spend in a year with their families, and the hours spent annually in a weekly religious education program.
Parents and families are so important to the spiritual nurture of children! How do we support them?
The best form of outreach and support to families is through your local meeting community.
We also build our wider PYM Family from the local meetings, and I hope you will join me in encouraging families to explore opportunities for wider fellowship. When my children were young, going to Annual Sessions was an adventure and a time to be with friends they only saw there. Some of those children's parents are among my closest friends today, because our experiences together in PYM community connected us across meetings and distance, to share in the parenting journey.
This issue includes information about upcoming PYM programs for youth and families -- including the
April 6 Quaker Family Meetup
and Annual Sessions -- and conversation circles on Quaker Parenting later this month from QREC.
In service and joy,
Melinda Wenner Bradley
Youth Engagement Coordinator
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