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- Our January MLK weekend was a unique change of venue as Nashville
Friends hosted our retreat. It's a beautiful, spacious meeting house that's
perfect for playing bear! Other highlight activities included an awesome
and humor filled talent show, plus an informative trip to see the special
collections exhibit at the central Nashville library featuring displays and
photos from the 1960 Lunch Counter Sit-Ins that were at the vanguard
of the Civil Rights movement. Friends from Nashville meeting seemed
quite excited by the novelty of hosting a SAYF retreat and generously
provided a variety of home cooked dishes for all of our lunch and dinner
meals. Thanks to Mary Linda, Mark and the Nashville SAYFers for the
well planned events, and for making sure we had not one, but TWO
jugs of cheesy poofs to pass around.
- The January 2016 Worship Journals have just been posted to the
EPISTLES page and mailed out to everyone. Invitations and forms
for the February NCSC business retreat have also been mailed out
and posted at the links below. The next full retreat is scheduled for
March 18-20 at Celo / Arthur Morgan School.

Our Nurturing & Steering Committees business retreat is
February 26-28, 2016
@ Knoxville Friends Meetinghouse

- Lead FANS: Mari Ohta & Jennifer Chapman

NCSC invitations and forms have been mailed to our
Nurturers and are also posted here for convenience:

February 2016 NCSC Cover Letter
February 2016 NCSC Registration Form
SAYF Medical Release Form
Directions to Knoxville Meetinghouse

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 2015-2016 Schedule (final)
Parent Information Letter for 2015-2016
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2014.08)


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Last updated 2016.02.04