Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Virtual Junior Gathering 2021

Children and Teens
Date and Time: 
Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 4:30pm to Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 6:00pm
Eastern Time

Join us at Junior Gathering every afternoon Monday-Friday.

Week Schedule 

Letter to Parents/Guardians

What is Junior Gathering?

Junior Gathering is a joyful, spiritual community of young people from newborns to rising ninth graders

2021's Junior Gathering will take place on Zoom from June 27-July 3. Gathering in virtual space gives us the opportunity to experiment with a new program model. As in 2020, this year we are offering a simplified version of our Junior Gathering program. Our aim is for this programming to be flexible for families and inclusive of young people of all ages. We will offer one session daily featuring some of Junior Gathering’s favorite activities. We know that 90 minutes online is a long time for young ones, so drop in and stop by for whatever you’re able to join for. Stop by to create art as a family, enjoy story time, and share some homemade creativity at our Junior Gathering Open Mic! Please visit this webpage for updates as they are confirmed. 

“It was fun meeting families from all over” –Junior Gathering Parent 2020

Junior Gathering offers:

  • One daily session for children from birth-9th grade to join together for art, music, and spiritual exploration, as well as age-specific break-outs.

  • Join us Wednesday for an exciting All-Ages Evening Program with Niyonu Spann

New for 2021:

  • Break-out Groups: We will offer more age and activity-based break-out rooms so youth can build community together over the week.

  • Theme Days: Get a little goofy and dress up with us for a different theme each day of the week!

  • JG @ Home Activities: Each day we’ll suggest an activity you can do offline after the zoom session. This is a way to connect deeper with our program while enjoying some hands-on time offline. Come back the next day and share your creation with the group!

“The variety of activities & the ability to come and go worked very well.” –Junior Gathering Parent 2020

Children are welcome to join their parents at other 2021 Gathering activities such as Opening and Closing Worship, workshops and Evening program. Please review Junior Gathering's suggestions on making Gathering a welcoming place for the whole family.

Adults without children are also welcome in Junior Gathering activities, though we prioritize the younger participants in these child-centered spaces.

Shared Expectations

Junior Gathering staff strive to keep our Junior Gathering community engaging, nurturing, inclusive and welcoming of all children and families. If you want to learn more or have questions, please contact: Gathering Youth Coordinator Marian Dalke or the co-clerks at [email protected]


  • June 20 is the deadline to register children for Junior Gathering. Because of our virtual format, children are welcome to come and go through the week and join for whichever sessions they are interested in.

  • Online Youth Safety Policy: Must be reviewed and signed online by both the parent/guardian and children ages 10+ before they are enrolled in Junior Gathering. Parents/guardians of children under age 10 are expected to be present and in the room during Junior Gathering.

  • Parental/Guardian Release Form: For Middle and High school only. Please complete and sign this form online. All Middle Schoolers must have this release form before they can be enrolled in Junior Gathering.