New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Junior Yearly Meeting

Elementary-age Quakers playing in a big pile of leaves


Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) is a loving and nurturing community for children in grades two through six.  JYM sponsors four weekend retreats a year at various locations around New England and provides a joy-filled and grounded program during our Annual Sessions gathering in August.  Please use the side bar to find extensive information on our program, staff and resources, as well as a bit about what grounds us in this ministry.

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Interested in serving as JYM Staff?

We are always looking for appropriate, grounded, and loving adults to join us on staff at JYM Retreats.  Our staffers are a remarkable crew of Friends with a variety of gifts and spiritual journeys who really enjoy being with each other as well as with our JYM children.  If you love being with children, have a good sense of humor, a willing heart, a reasonable back, and don’t mind sleeping short hours on (mostly) hard floors be in touch with Gretchen Baker-Smith, JYM-JHYM Coordinator.  

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This Bill Harley song is a wonderful description of how we try to be in JYM.  We discover we can be friends even if we don’t like or do the...

Coordinator Info

Junior High/Junior YM Coordinator

Gretchen Baker-Smith
jym.jhym [at]
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JYM News

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