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- Our September retreat in Atlanta recognized intentions raised at our August
Nurturing & Steering meetings to better promote service and spirituality in SAYF,
and to be even more welcoming to newcomers. On the service side, we helped
Concrete Jungle in their creative efforts to provide healthy food to those in need
with a morning of service work at their Doghead urban farm doing weeding,
planting prep and kudzu whacking. Then the Nature of our Spirituality was
explored with a beautiful sunset hike up the batholith known as Arabia Mountain,
topped off by a silent worship circle on the peak. Reading the retreat's Worship
Journals posted on our EPISTLES page, it seems all of our first time SAFYers
and a new attending parent FAD from Memphis felt very welcomed indeed!
- Info for our October retreat is below and registration forms will be posted soon.
Note that we keep our seasonal parent letter and current guidelines posted near
the bottom of this home 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. A printable PDF of our final calendar for the 2018-19 season
is found below as well, and it is also available from the SCHEDULE page.

The next regular retreat of the 2018-19 SAYF season will be held
October 12-14 at Nashville Friends Meeting:

Nashville SAYF Retreat
October 12-14, 2018 @ Nashville Friends Meetinghouse

- Lead FAN: Mary Linda McKinney
- Planners: Nashville Young Friends

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

Oct. 12-14, 2018 Nashville Retreat Registration
Oct. 12-14, 2018 Nashville Cover Page & Brings
Directions to Nashville 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.
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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 2018.09.26