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- October's retreat in Atlanta was all about support: supporting one another,
supporting our community, and supporting the causes we believe in. (Of course,
given the month, there was lots of fun found in supporting the spooky come
Saturday night as well). The Stroll of Support through downtown Decatur displaying
our creative signage while chanting Friendly messages was met with many smiles,
waves, thumbs up and horn honks of affirmation on the streets. Some delightful
fall weather supported lunch and play time in Adair park, then we wrapped up the
afternoon with a worshipful Circle of Support, giving space for everyone to express
mutual appreciations for the supportive gifts each of us brings to SAYF. The joyful
experiences of the weekend are supported by the Worship journals that are posted
on the EPISTLES page.

The next retreat of the 2017-2018 SAYF season is being hosted at
Asheville Friends Meeting with planning by Berea's Young Friends:

November 10-12, 2017 @ Asheville Friends Meetinghouse
- Lead FANS: Beth Myers & Jonathon Schinhofen
- Planning: Berea Nurturers and Young Friends

Watch for invitations & forms packets to arrive in the mail.
Please note that registration fees are currently $35 in order to
keep our expenses in balance with recent attendance numbers
and scholarship needs. Forms are also posted for download below,
including the cover page theme & things to bring details.

Details for the March, April and SAYMA retreats are decided, so
the final schedule for the 2017-2018 season can now be found
on the SCHEDULE page and a PDF file is available below.

Nov. 10-12, 2017 Asheville Retreat Cover Page
Nov. 10-12, 2017 Asheville Retreat Registration
Directions to Asheville Friends Meeting
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 2017-2018 Schedule (complete, 10/27)
Parent Information Letter for 2017-2018
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2017.08)

Donation offers, requests for information and inquiries about participation
or volunteering in SAYF can be directed via email to:

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Last updated 2017.10.27