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- Another Awesome year of SAYF came to a close with another loving, tearful
graduation at SAYMA, sending our finest Young Friends out into the world to
brighten other lives with their light. A lot of extra planning by our Nurturers and
FANs helped SAYMA run smoothly this year, thanks to the appreciated support
of the many sponsoring adults who shared oversight responsibilities. Nurturing
Committee vacancies left by our graduates still need to be filled, but there will
be more opportunities to join Nurturing in November. Many of our cherished long
time Steering Committee FANs also announced reduced involvement or retirement
at SAYMA 2018, leaving space for an energized and caring new group of new
Steering Committee volunteers to bring forth their loving support. The SAYMA
worship journals illuminate the strength of our combined light far more eloquently,
and they can be found on the EPISTLES page.

We start our 2018-2019 SAYF season with the summer Nurturing and
Steering Committees retreat, August 10-12, at Swannanoa Friends
Meetinghouse with Mari Ohta will be serving as Lead FAN.

Nurturing and Steering Committees Business Retreat
August 10-12, 2018 @ Swannanoa Friends Meetinghouse

- Lead FAN: Mari Ohta

Our NCSC retreat invitation packets have been mailed to our
Nurturers and the requisite Registration and Medical forms are
also posted below for download.

A PDF of the preliminary 2018-2019 retreat schedule can be
found below as well, with updates and posting to the Schedule
page to follow pending review at the August NCSC retreat.

August 10-12, 2018 NCSC Retreat Registration
August 10-12, 2018 NCSC Cover Page

Directions to Swannanoa Friends Meetinghouse
SAYF Medical Release Form (with diet preferences)

About our Retreats:
Each retreat is planned by the Young Friends of the meeting that is sponsoring or hosting the gathering. They choose a theme and decide on worship, workshops, activities and food. They experience Quaker process in this planning and produce a schedule for the weekend.

Each retreat begins on Friday evening with a guideline review after all teens have arrived, then a worship sharing circle follows as the first activity on Saturday morning. The retreat ends on Sunday around noon, after gathering in silence to write and share our worship journals about the weekend.

The young Friends have their own Nurturing Committee comprised of experienced attenders who uphold the guidelines during the retreats and attend an additional two retreats each year to conduct business and address any issues for the SAYF community. They also nurture individuals during the retreats.

Additional details of our SAYF program are found on the Guidelines page and in our annual fall parent letters:

SAYF 2018-2019 Schedule (tentative 02/20)
Parent Information Letter for 2017-2018
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2014.08)


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Last updated 2018.07.30