- Our February NCSC business retreat had a packed agenda but a
productive work came out of the long hours. Nurturers addressed
to focus on welcoming and inclusion, set a deadline for finalizing
recent guideline revisions and selected a new co-clerk for the
The Steering Committee was in session for about 10 hours on
a plan and schedule for updating our FAN and Retreat planning
better reflect current policies, establishing new documentation
assembling an ad-hoc committee to address Steering nomination
discussing ways to improve communications and reporting with
examining our recruiting, background check and training procedures
Friendly Adult Nurturers, all along side dealing with the regular
budget review and setting the coming year's retreat schedule.
go to our new SAYF Admin Assistant, Autumn Woodward, for her
input and attentively detailed minuting. Worship Journals from
in Atlanta and February's NCSC retreat have been posted on the EPISTLES
The next regular retreat of our 2016 - 2017 season is
by the Arthur Morgan School in Celo, NC with planning from the
Celo Young Friends:
2017 @ the
Arthur Morgan School, Celo NC
- Lead FAN: Mari Ohta
- Planning: Celo Young Friends
The current full season
schedule, including SAYMA dates, is on
the SCHEDULE page
and in PDF format for download below.
March retreat invitations will be mailed around the second
week of the month with the Registration form and details
Cover Page posted here for download:
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 letter:
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