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- SAYF at SAYMA 2019 was a wonderful retreat with a weekend of
beautiful weather.  It was another joyful opportunity to share the light
of our vibrant Young Friends with the wider community that sustains
our program.  SAYFers participated in Yearly Meeting at many levels,
from workshops to inter-generational games to sharing gifts at the
talent show to our famous & fabulous fishbowl. We fondly and tearfully
celebrated the 6 graduates moving on to become Young Adult Friends,
but also welcomed 3 new Young Friends to our Nurturing Committee.
Much appreciation goes to the village of FAN's and SAYMA adults who
made the retreat possible and successful, with added thanks to the
Young Friends and families who managed to navigate the registration
requisites, paperwork and processes in an accurate and timely manner.
Worship Journal reflections on the 2019 YM weekend have been posted
to our EPISTLES page.

The first of two Nurturing and Steering Committees (NCSC)
business retreats for the 2019-20 season is scheduled for
August 16-18
@ Swannanoa Friends Meetinghouse
- Lead FANs: Aaron Ruscetta & Jennifer Dickie

Our first full retreat will be September 13-15 in Atlanta,
and the confirmed fall schedule is now on our Schedule
page and posted in PDF form below.

Forms for the August NCSC retreat will be mailed to
Nurturers a couple of weeks in advance and will be
posted here as soon as they are available.

Aug. 16-18, 2019 NCSC Retreat Cover Page
Aug. 16-18, 2019 NCSC Retreat Registration
Directions to Swannanoa Friends Meeting, Black Mtn. NC
SAYF Medical Release Form

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 2019-2020 Schedule  (rev 2019/06/28 to Feb. 2020)
Parent Information Letter for 2018-2019 (w/ Steering Cmte. Info)
Steering Committee Bios (2019-2020)
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2017.08)
Kevin (the 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 2019.07.02