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- We're grateful the SAYFers who participated in December's special
nation wide Quaker Youth Event hosted by Friends General Conference,
Utilizing the broad geographical reach enabled by virtual gatherings,
"The Quake that Rocked the Nation" connected dozens of teens from
many regions of our country for a full day of virtual gatherings. Activities
focused on diversity, climate change, and social justice issues, with
ample space for social sharing and games. This was a nice capstone
gathering to a very tumultuous year in SAYF, and we look forward to
participating in ongoing FGC Youth Summits in 2021.
- Our monthly SAYF virtual retreats will continue into into the new year
as well, with hopes for in person retreats resuming in the fall. Worship
journal memories from last November's gathering can now be found on
our EPISTLES page, and our January retreat is on the calendar for the
MLK holiday weekend.

January's New Year SAYF Retreat
Saturday, January 16th, 2021, 7:00pm EST
Planning: Nurturers Oliver & Sadie
Lead FANs:
   Jon Saderholm <>
   Grace Beavin <>

January 16th, 2021 Z Retreat Invite & Cover Page
2020-2021 Virtual Event Permission & Registration
2020-2021 Virtual Retreat Abbreviated Guidelines

Additional Requests for our SAYFers:
-- To help us all stay better connected during these times
of Virtual gatherings, SAYFers are asked to please add or
confirm their contact info and preferences via this online
SAYFer Contact Form
-- We are now inviting "anytime" worship journal submissions
as another way to stay in touch with both our SAYF spirit and
your inner light.
Journal Submissions will be collected, mailed
with future retreat invitations, and regularly published to our
EPISTLES page.  They
can be sent via email to:
Autumn Woodward <>

and additional program information.  Parents can reference the annual
Parent Letter for a view of our organization plans for this year and
ways adults can participate. Contact Details for our Steering and
Nurturing committee, plus Bios of our current Steering volunteers
are also here: 

SAYF Nurturers & Steering List (updated 2020.09)
Parent Letter for 2020-2021 season
Steering Committee Bios (2020-2021)
Support Committee Bios (2020-2021)
Current Full SAYF Guidelines (rev 2019.08)
Kevin (the suggestion box) Guidelines (2019.02)
Queries for Young Friends (2018 update)

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.

Attenders of our retreats and their Parents are encouraged to help us improve the
program via our Feedback Form.



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** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional, even when accidental. :-)


Last updated 2021.01.13