2018 Gathering & Annual Sessions
March 28 – April 1, 2018
United Methodist Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park, Florida
Our theme this year is
Quaker Response in Turbulent Times
Sa’ed Atshan will lead the Walton Retreat and present the Walton Lecture
Registration opens January 21, 2018
To Register, contact Andrea Hoskins, Registrar, at 305-609-9704, or at Andrea Hoskins.
Yearly Business Meeting Schedule & Documents >
- Walton Lecture & Retreat
- What's Special in 2018?
- Youth & Family
- Lodging, Camping & Day Use
- Location & Map
- Things to Bring
- SEYM & LEC Rules
- Display Space
- Evaluation Form 2017
the 2018 Walton Retreat & Lecture will be presented by
Retreat Session 1 Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Retreat Session 2 Friday, March 30, 1:15 – 2:30 pm
the 54th Annual J. Barnard Walton Lecture Saturday, March 31, 7:00 pm
What’s Special in 2017?
Workshops & Interest Groups Thursday – Saturday
Over 20 to choose from, including: Early Worship by the lake 7:30 am every morning
Worship Sharing Thursday thru Saturday, 9:00 am
Worship Shearing to benefit ProNica, mornings & afternoons
Annual Sessions Meeting for Worship for Business, Thursday afternoon – Sunday
- Intergenerational play: afternoons, Thursday – Saturday Savannah-grams, kickball, & other fun see Bulletin Board for day’s activities
- Canoeing & Birding Saturday afternoon
- Intergenerational Dance Friday night, with the ‘Faith & No Practice Band’
- Bonfire Friday night after the Dance
Healing Center Breezeway 2, from 2-5pm on Friday & Saturday. Come in for some quiet time, a cup of tea, and Reiki or massage.
Music Making Singing after meals • The Faith & No Practice Band • “Jammin’ on the Bench”
Youth & Family
Registration & meals for youth attending with their families are free of charge, thanks to generous donors.
Our theme this year is
Join us in Creating Community, Enjoying Nature, Making Friends, Having Fun and Deepening our Quaker Values.
Intergenerational Activities: every day • games, art, yoga, & play • canoeing on Friday • swimming on Thursday • Intergenerational Dance Friday night • “Capture the Flag” • see bulletin board for each day’s activities & locations.
Teens grades 6-12 • Cokesbury Room •
Juniors grades 5-7 •
Young Friends grades 1-5 • Gold Room •
Wee Friends: Indoor & Outdoor Play & Story time
Toddlers to kindergarten • Every day • Gold Room
- Children must be picked up PROMPTLY from their program by their Parent/Guardian/Sponsor.
- The camp has NO play equipment: please bring toys, pillows & blankets!
For more information, see the Youth Program flyer>
At the Gathering, Youth Program leaders, volunteer staff, and parents work together to create a community where all young Friends feel included. All youth are expected to participate in the youth program during their stay.
- Youth must attend with a parent, guardian, or a designated adult sponsor.
- Families sending their child/children with a Sponsor will pay both the registration and lodging fees for their youth.
- Youth need a parent/guardian signed Parental Consent, Medical Release, Media Release & Rules forms in order to register and be on campus. Bring completed forms with you. Download the Parental Consent forms here>
- The Gathering is our religious holiday! Parents wanting to have their youth excused from school can download the ‘Excuse Letter’ here>.
Lodging, Camping, & Day Use
LIFE ENRICHMENT CENTER: Rooms have twin beds and private bath; bedding & towels are provided.
- Family sharing room: $84/night (Double twin beds) Children may sleep on the floor for free or reserve cots for $10/night.
- Singles, sharing a room: $42/night/person. Sharing a room? You must list a roommate’s name when registering.
- Private (1-person) room: $62/night.
RV CAMPING: in the open area west of the Pavilion. Full Hookups are $25/night, Partial Hook-ups are$21/night.
TENT CAMPING: in the woods beyond the Pavilion. The area to the right of the Pavilion is reserved for SEYM. Sites are $16 /night.
DAY USE: Friends can lodge in town, pay the registration fee and $10/person/day for site use.
Life Enrichment Center Dining:
- Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:45 am $8/adult
- Lunch: 12:00 – 12:45 pm $9/adult
- Dinner: 5:30 – 6:15 pm $13/adult
Meals for Youth (under 19) are provided at no charge to families, paid for by the Trustees Youth Gathering Fund, with thanks to our generous donors!
Coffee & tea are available in the lobby 24/7.
Special Diets: Vegan/vegetarian, diabetic, gluten-free, and other choices are available. To request a special diet, you must fill out the LEC Special Diet request form found at http://www.lecretreats.org/lec-dietary-page.
Campsite Pavilion: Campers may prepare meals in this covered, screened room provided with picnic tables, stove, refrigerator and ample electrical outlets. Bring your own cooking and eating utensils. You may also choose to pre-register for any or all of your meals in the Dining Hall.
Food Off Campus: There are abundant restaurants 3-5 miles from the camp.
Scholarships & Financial Assistance
We hope that all who would like to attend the SEYM Gathering will have that opportunity. SEYM has funds to enable you to attend! We encourage any Friends who may require financial assistance to apply for scholarships and submit a registration form, following these instructions:
- Request a scholarship from your Meeting or Worship Group. Discuss your needs with your Meeting Clerk &/or appropriate committee. One suggested formula is: the attendee pays 1/3, the Meeting 1/3, and SEYM 1/3. However, other arrangements may be made as agreed upon by Registrar, Meeting Clerk, and attendees in advance of the Registration deadline, March 26th. Call Andrea Hoskins at 305-609-9704.
- Scholarship Form: Work with your Meeting Clerk, or appropriate committee, to complete the Scholarship Form, and e-mail it to Andrea Hoskins, Registrar, by March 26th.
- Please go ahead and submit your Registration Form online, following the form instructions in the Scholarship section. Registration deadline is March 26th.
- To confirm your registration, by March 26th the Registrar will need your Scholarship Form and a check for your portion of the total amount due.
If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Hoskins, Registrar: 305-609-9704, Andrea
download Scholarship Information> download Scholarship Form>
Florida United Methodist Life Enrichment Center
4991 Picciola Road,
Fruitland Park, FL 34751
Fruitland Park is located on US Hwy. 441 between Leesburg and Lady Lake, Florida. From Hwy.27/US 441, turn east on County Road 466A, Picciola Road. Go 3 miles. The Life Enrichment Center is on the right; look for the sign. Enter the drive and proceed to the designated parking area.
When You Arrive
Check-in at the SEYM Registration Desk in the auditorium lobby to get room key & name badges.
Check-in times: Phone number is posted if Registrar has stepped out.
- Wed: 1-5:30 pm, 6:15-7:00 pm, 8:30-9pm
- Thurs: 9am-12noon, 12:30-4:15 pm, 7:30-9pm
- Fri: 9:00-10:00am, 12:30-5:30pm, 6:15-9 pm
- Sat: 9 -10:00am, 2:30-5:30 pm, 6:15-7 pm
Late arrivals: PLEASE have a friend get your room key and wait up for you.
Things to Bring
- Toys for toddlers, children’s supplies (throw pillows, toys to share, soccer balls, etc.), puzzles and games for all ages.
- Rise Up Singing, hymnals & voices for singing after dinner.
- Instruments and musicians needed for the Faith and No Practice Band & Jammin’ Under the Trees.
- Books for Book Swap table in auditorium lobby.
- Your books-to-buy list for The FGC Bookstore.
- Walking shoes for nature walks: check out the Path of Silence.
- A friend/Friend new to your Meeting. Let them see how wonderful it is attend Southeastern Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions and Gathering!
- Documents-In-Advance (DIAs) for Annual Sessions. See Business Page>
SEYM & LEC Rules
- Complete Youth rules are specified in the Youth Program flyer>
- Except during scheduled youth program times, all youth must be supervised by their parents, sponsors, or parent/sponsor-arranged f/Friends (25 yrs. & older). 1 adult may supervise up to 8 youth.
- No video or electronic games are allowed in youth program sessions. Cell phones must be turned off during program sessions.
- Limited display/table space is available for Quaker organizations and for Committees. Space must be reserved with Vicki Carlie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Park in designated areas only.
- Quiet time from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.
- No skateboards, in-line skates, or scooters permitted. Youth on bikes must wear helmets.
- The Gold Room kitchen is reserved for youth and evening snacks only.
- The outdoor chapel and labyrinth are sacred memorial places—children must be quiet and respectful at all times and may visit only with an adult.
- Alligators are in the lake. No swimming in lake.
- No alcoholic beverages or recreational drugs allowed.
- Pets on a leash are allowed in the camping area. Service dogs are allowed.
- Cleanup—we are responsible for our own cleanup
Table displays are another great way for Friends to connect at the Gathering. Display space is available for Quaker organizations, SEYM committees, and non-profit organizations SEYM Friends work with.
Display spaces must be reserved with the SEYM Secretary, Vicki Carlie: email@example.com, 407-739-4150.
2017 Gathering Evaluation Form
The Gathering Committee welcomes your feedback about this year’s Gathering and suggestions for next year!