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- Our February NCSC business retreat had a packed agenda but a lot of
productive work came out of the long hours. Nurturers addressed new ways
to focus on welcoming and inclusion, set a deadline for finalizing their most
recent guideline revisions and selected a new co-clerk for the coming year.
The Steering Committee was in session for about 10 hours on Saturday forming
a plan and schedule for updating our FAN and Retreat planning handbooks to
better reflect current policies, establishing new documentation access practices,
assembling an ad-hoc committee to address Steering nomination concerns,
discussing ways to improve communications and reporting with SAYMA, and
examining our recruiting, background check and training procedures for
Friendly Adult Nurturers, all along side dealing with the regular concerns of
budget review and setting the coming year's retreat schedule. Special thanks
go to our new SAYF Admin Assistant, Autumn Woodward, for her valuable
input and attentively detailed minuting. Worship Journals from January's retreat
in Atlanta and February's NCSC retreat have been posted on the EPISTLES page.

The next regular retreat of our 2016 - 2017 season is being hosted
by the Arthur Morgan School in Celo, NC with planning from the
Celo Young Friends:

March 24-26, 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 have been mailed. The Registration
form and Cover Page are now posted here for download:

March 24-26, 2017 AMS / Celo Registration
March 24-26, 2017 AMS / Celo Cover Page

Directions to Arthur Morgan School, Celo NC
SAYF Medical Release Form (with diet preferences)

** Some BRING reminders that missed the cover page are to
consider bringing a sleeping pad - only one sleeping space is
carpeted - and rain ready outdoor clothing is recommended.

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:

SAYF 2016-2017 Schedule (complete)
Parent Information Letter for 2016-2017
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2014.08)


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Last updated 2017.02.16