- The February Nurturing & Steering Committees retreat was
affirmation of the spirit of our community. Young Friends welcomed
new Nurturers to their first business retreat, while the adults
the presence of their reinstated Steering Support committee. Big
Steering agenda was scheduling review and revision tasks for the
updates to our SAYF handbook that Jennifer Chapman has been
shepherding for us. They also mapped out most of the retreat
the coming year and shared long and productive conversations with
Support Committee around FAN recruitment, training and concerns
Mandy Abbate clerked the Nurturing committee considerations of
planning and creating guidelines to improve our processing of
from Kevin (our alien suggestion box). Despite a copious amount of
flooding the grounds and roadways of the Knoxville meeting house
the weekend, our spirit was never dampened, and lots of loving
building was accomplished once again! The Worship Journal
on the retreat have been posted on the
- The new Kevin Guidelines are posted near the bottom of this
along with our current SAYF guidelines and our annual parent
easy access and review. We've also posted a copy of our newly
Quaker Queries for Young Friends as an invitation for reflection.
dates on our 2018-2019 calendar can be found on the
with a printable PDF below as well.
The next full retreat of the
2018-19 SAYF season will be
March 22-24 @
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.
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:
* Forms and documents are made available in (publicly
distributable) PDF format.
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** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional,
even when accidental. :-)