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- 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 tell them
how much they will be missed. The consoling joy is our knowledge that the
communities they are venturing into, both large and small, will be made much
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 page,
so our treasured memories of Friends are SAYFly living on in the cloud.

The first event of the 2016 - 2017 SAYF season will be the end
of summer Nurturing and Steering Committees business retreat:
August 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.

August 19-21 NCSC Registration (pending)
August 19-21 NCSC Cover Page (pending)
Directions to West Knoxville Meetinghouse
SAYF (Revised) 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 letter:

SAYF 2016-2017 Schedule (as of July 2016)
Parent Information Letter for 2016-2017 (pending)
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2014.08)


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Last updated 2016.07.05