- SAYF at SAYMA 2019 was a wonderful retreat with a weekend of
beautiful weather. It was another joyful opportunity to
share the light
of our vibrant Young Friends with the wider community that
our program. SAYFers participated in Yearly Meeting at many
from workshops to inter-generational games to sharing gifts at the
talent show to our famous & fabulous fishbowl. We fondly and
celebrated the 6 graduates moving on to become Young Adult
but also welcomed 3 new Young Friends to our Nurturing Committee.
Much appreciation goes to the village of FAN's and SAYMA adults
made the retreat possible and successful, with added thanks to the
Young Friends and families who managed to navigate the
requisites, paperwork and processes in an accurate and timely
Worship Journal reflections on the 2019 YM weekend have been
to our EPISTLES
first of two Nurturing and Steering Committees (NCSC)
business retreats for the 2019-20 season is scheduled for
August 16-18 @
- Lead FANs: Aaron Ruscetta & Jennifer Dickie
Our first full retreat
will be September 13-15 in Atlanta,
and the confirmed fall schedule is now on our Schedule
page and posted in PDF form below.
Forms for the August NCSC retreat will be mailed to
Nurturers a couple of weeks in advance and will be
posted here as soon as they are available.
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:
* Forms and documents are made available in (publicly
distributable) PDF format.
Many free applications, both proprietary and Liberated Open
Source, are available
to view and print PDF files. Mac OS X systems include the
"Preview" viewer for this,
and Adobe's Acrobat reader for Mac, Linux & other systems
can be downloaded for
free by clicking
here. The Free, Freely Distributable, Open Source
(for Mac, Linux & others) supports the reading, saving and
editing of almost all
common document formats, both open and proprietary, including
support for PDF
view, edit and conversion. Gmail & Googledocs also
support PDF for attachment
viewing and printing.
** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional,
even when accidental. :-)