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- Judging from the worship journals now posted on our EPISTLES page,
our first ever SAYF retreat in Charlotte, NC seems to have achieved a
consensus of appreciative approval from all who attended  It was a grand
weekend of "Finding Your Spirit in the Elements", and the Atlanta planners
did a marvelous job of seeing that Air, Fire, Earth, and Water were all well
represented. Huge thanks go to Jennifer Murdock for all her work in arranging
use of the the beautiful Charlotte meeting house and opening her home
association facilities to us for an amazing afternoon of lake and pool side
activities. The Charlotte Friends and SAYFers really made this one an
exceptional retreat.

The next retreat of the 2016 - 2017 SAYF season is will be a
return to the wonderful small town community of Berea, KY:

October 07-09, 2016 @ Berea Friends Meetinghouse
- Planning: Berea Young Friends
- Lead FAN: Jonathan Schinhofen

The current full season schedule (sans SAYMA date) is on
the SCHEDULE page and available in PDF format for download

Invitations for the October retreat are out in the mail and,
as usual, are also posted here on our AwesomeSAYFers site:

Oct. 07-09 Berea Registration
Oct. 07-09 Berea Cover Page

Directions to Berea Friends Meetinghouse
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 letter:

SAYF 2016-2017 Schedule (all but SAYMA dates)
Parent Information Letter for 2016-2017
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2014.08)


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Last updated 2016.09.21