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- We welcome our SAYFers to the New Year with hopes that your Solstice
Season breaks & Celebrations were a joyful followup to Thanksgiving!
Our November retreat in Asheville was all about giving thanks as well,
considering all that we have to be grateful for and thinking about how we
might share our good fortune with others. Activities included some gratitude
for nature with a stroll through the Asheville Botanical Garden, and some
creative community games showing gratitude for the versatile ways we can
use bathroom tissue! Several regular FAN's were also grateful for the support
of both volunteer adults and our responsible teens which gave us space to
meet off campus and address some concerns in the SAYF FAN community.
- November's Worship journals have been posted on the EPISTLES page and
include some wonderful appreciations around the retirement of our beloved
FAN, Jennifer Chapman. The invitation packets for our January retreat have
been mailed and, as always, retreat forms are posted here for convenience.
- Note that we keep our annual parent letter and current guidelines posted
near the bottom of this page for easy access and review, and we've added a
copy of our newly updated Quaker Queries for Young Friends as an invitation
for reflection. Our complete calendar for the 2018-19 season is found on the
SCHEDULE page with a printable PDF below as well.

The next regular retreat of the 2018-19 SAYF season will be held
January 18-20, 2019 at the Asheville Friends Meeting:

Atlanta SAYF Retreat
January 18-20, 2019 @ Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse

- Lead FAN: Aaron Ruscetta
- Planners: Atlanta Young Friends

Invitation & forms packets have been mailed out and are
posted below for download and printing as needed.

Jan. 18-20, 2019 - Atlanta Retreat Registration
Jan. 18-20, 2019 - Atlanta Cover Page & Brings
Directions to Atlanta 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 (final 09/26)
Parent Information Letter for 2018-2019 (w/ Steering Cmte. Info)
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2014.08)
Queries for Young Friends (2018 update)


* 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 LibreOffice suite
(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. :-)


Last updated 2019.01.04