Welcome to the Adult Young Friends info page!
This year the AYF program will take place on the weekend preceding Gathering. This decision was made so that AYFs who would like to participate in the larger Gathering program during the week will have an opportunity to do so. We have tried to preserve the spirit of the AYF program, focusing the weekend activities on building community and spending time together. We hope that you'll join us!
The Adult Young Friends (AYF) program is a self-led intentional housing cluster and community of Friends age 18–35 who come together at the Gathering to support, inspire, and challenge each other in our life journeys. We represent a variety of backgrounds, and hail from all over the world of Quakerdom.
How to Participate
Check the AYF program box when you register and sign up for the AYF Retreat (schedule below) and you will receive the program link via email. AYF program sessions will happen Friday night 6/26, Saturday afternoon 6/27, and Sunday afternoon 6/28.
AYF Retreat Schedule
8-9pm Eastern - Opening Meeting for Worship & Opening Program
3-4:30pm Eastern - AYF Anti-Racism Working Session (tentative - might switch times to evening)
6-7:30pm Eastern - AYF Interest/Worship Groups (tentative - might switch times to afternoon)
1-2:30pm Eastern - Games!
3-4:30pm Eastern - General Hang Out Time/Open for discussion of next year's Gathering
6-7:30pm Eastern - Closing Worship
This year, the Virtual Gathering will be pay-as-led, with sliding scale payment options.
Affinity Groups, also known as Support Groups, are an optional component of the AYF Program at the Gathering. These are small groups which provide Friends the opportunity for check-ins about how the Gathering is going, bonding, and fellowship time within a smaller group of peers with similar interests or “affinities.” These groups range from worship focused groups, such as worship sharing, waiting worship, spiritual accountability and support, to groups focused on play, games, and napping. You have the opportunity during registration to express your interest in an affinity group, which will take place during the pre-Gathering retreat.