- SAYF at SAYMA, as always, was a retreat full of joy and
sadness. So many
graduates to appreciate, and never enough hugs or journal pages to
how much they will be missed. The consoling joy is our knowledge
communities they are venturing into, both large and small, will be
richer for their presence and the spirit of the SAYF community
that they carry
with them. The SAYMA worship journals are posted on our EPISTLES
so our treasured memories of Friends are SAYFly living on in the
The first event of the 2016 - 2017 SAYF season will be the
of summer Nurturing and Steering Committees business retreat:
19-21, 2016 @ West
Knoxville Meeting House
- Lead FAN: Jonathan Schinhofen
Our first full retreat is
scheduled for September 09-16. The
season schedule (sans SAYMA date) is on the SCHEDULE
page and available in PDF format for download below.
Forms for August Nurturing & Steering business retreat will
be mailed out and posted here as we approach the date.
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:
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