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- The February Nurturing & Steering Committees retreat was yet another
affirmation of the spirit of our community. Young Friends welcomed several
new Nurturers to their first business retreat, while the adults welcomed
the presence of their reinstated Steering Support committee. Big on the
Steering agenda was scheduling review and revision tasks for the major
updates to our SAYF handbook that Jennifer Chapman has been diligently
shepherding for us. They also mapped out most of the retreat schedule for
the coming year and shared long and productive conversations with the
Support Committee around FAN recruitment, training and concerns resolution.
Mandy Abbate clerked the Nurturing committee considerations of SAYMA
planning and creating guidelines to improve our processing of feedback
from Kevin (our alien suggestion box). Despite a copious amount of rain
flooding the grounds and roadways of the Knoxville meeting house through
the weekend, our spirit was never dampened, and lots of loving community
building was accomplished once again! The Worship Journal reflections
on the retreat have been posted on the EPISTLES page
- The new Kevin Guidelines are posted near the bottom of this page,
along with our current SAYF guidelines and our annual parent letter, for
easy access and review. We've also posted a copy of our newly updated
Quaker Queries for Young Friends as an invitation for reflection. Remaining
dates on our 2018-2019 calendar can be found on the SCHEDULE page
with a printable PDF below as well.

The next full retreat of the 2018-19 SAYF season will be
March 22-24
@ Arthur Morgan School, Celo NC
- Lead FAN: Mari Ohta
- Planners: Nurturing Committee

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

March 22-24, 2019 - AMS / Celo Retreat Registration
March 22-24, 2019 - AMS / Celo Cover Page
Directions to Arthur Morgan School, Celo, NC
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 2017.08)
New Kevin (suggestion box) Guidelines (2019.02)
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 2019.03.08