SATURDAY AFTERNOON, Aug 4
WELCOME, WELCOME, WELCOME! Join us in the CYM ‘settling in’ space (watch for signs) Saturday afternoon, from 2-5:30 pm. Make Friendly connections, reconnections, and deeper connections. First-timers are especially encouraged to hang out here and start to explore the richness of Friends gathering from all across the continent (and abroad!). We’ll have plenty of activities to help you be present: games, art materials, puzzles, refreshments, even a reading corner where you could settle with a cup of tea –and maybe a new/old F/friend!
SATURDAY EVENING, AUG 4
Community Celebration: Come be welcomed, be seen, and see who is here from where, while we “make a joyful noise” together. Our welcome session will include our now familiar practice of acknowledging, thanking and being welcomed by an Elder where we meet. We’ll watch a Powerpoint showing all our Yearly Meeting’s Monthly Meetings – their meeting places plus selected photos of meeting life all across Canada. ‘First-timers’ – young AND old – will receive a special welcome; Quaker music talents will shine. Group fun will help Friends of all ages connect or reconnect with people in their own Meetings and from across the country. A must-come-sing-move-salute-and-celebrate opening evening – see everyone there! In order to make this a truly special event – please send your Meeting photos and ideas to Caroline Balderston-Parry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-622-2173.
SUNDAY MORNING, AUG 5
Meeting for Worship. All who attend CYM are welcome, including children, for whom some worshipful AND fun activities will be provided.
SUNDAY, AUG 5, 1:30-2:45pm:
All generations community building: Come intentionally build community through laughter and play! All CYM attendees are greatly encouraged to participate in a sequence of fun activities that support getting to know each other, sharing space, and developing trust. The activities are designed for the inner-child in all of us, and will be appropriate for all ages, stages, and abilities (accommodations will be joyfully offered). This time is purposefully scheduled so all generations can attend (except for Worship Group leaders – sorry!), and is designed to engender a sense of connection among those who come to be part of the 2018 CYM in-session community. We look forward to a joy-filled afternoon together!
SUNDAY AFTERNOON, AUG 5, 3-5 pm
Celebration of the Grace of God in the Life of Friends (Memorial Meeting) is a time for reflecting on and rejoicing in the grace of God in the lives of Friends who have died in the past year. We gather in silence, the names of those Friends are read, and we remember them as we worship together. This year, the Memorial Meeting will be clerked, not just in the reading of the names, but in ensuring that the ministry offered is surrounded by sufficient silence to allow appropriate reflection. We urge Monthly Meetings to ensure that the names of Friends who have died since CYM 2016 are sent to the CYM office so that all may be included.
MONDAY – FRIDAY, AUG 6-10, during the lunch hour
Meeting for Healing: Friends who feel a need for healing for themselves, or who know of others who may be troubled or ill and whom they would like to hold in the Light, are welcome to come together for this daily time of prayerful community.
MONDAY EVENING, AUG 6, 7-9 pm
Experience of the Spirit in My Life: Hosted and clerked by Continuing Meeting of Ministry and Counsel, this worship-sharing time is an inspiring way to proceed with our week together. In a settled silence of worship, Friends share experiences that they feel show the workings of the Spirit in their own lives. Each contribution is supported in silence before and afterward. All who attend CYM are welcome.
TUESDAY EVENING, AUG 7, 7-9 pm
Meeting of Yearly Meeting of Ministry and Counsel. All members of Monthly Meetings of Ministry and Counsel or their designates, and the designates of Monthly Meetings without M&C, should attend. We will share our concerns and joys, determine where special attention may be needed, and consider names for nomination to CMM&C.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, AUG 8, 2:30-8:00 pm
Wednesday afternoon and evening will be at Camp NeeKauNis. Buses will depart from Georgian College after lunch and Quaker Study. Worship Group meetings will take place at Camp. There will be time for enjoying nature, swimming and boating and other camp activities followed by a picnic supper. The evening program will also be held at Camp, including a campfire and music. Bring songbooks and musical instruments! We will return to college at the end of the evening. In case of inclement weather forecast, plans will be adjusted accordingly.
THURSDAY EVENING, AUG 9, 7-9 pm
An Evening with CMM&C. This is an opportunity for all Friends to join Continuing Meeting of Ministry and Counsel to explore ways to minister effectively to isolated Friends and estranged members. We’ll share our ideas and strategies in through small-group skits: helpful AND fun!
FRIDAY EVENING FAMILY NIGHT, AUG 10
Don’t miss this opportunity to share your talent! An evening of song, stories, laughs and the ever-popular reading of Gleanings! Entertainment starts at 7:00 pm. Young and young-at-heart are welcome to attend and/or participate!