NOVEMBER 18-20, 2016


Encounter is a weekend retreat designed for 6th - 12th grade students where everyone will ENCOUNTER God, but each in a very unique way. This retreat will offer passionate worship, relevant Bible study and a fun time together at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island.



Online registration is now OPEN.  

Registrations will be pending until full payment is received. Cost is $130 per person (youth & chaperones). Payment is required within 7 days of registering and $35 of the registration fee is non-refundable. Churches will register as a group and fill out individual camper's information within the same registration. 

Click here to begin your church group's registration.  

If your group needs individual information forms to be filled out by each student and returned to your church's retreat coordinator, that form can be found here.



Click here for a pdf of last year's Adult Leaders Guide as an example. Everything you want to know about the schedule, church time, free time and a few surprises! This will be available at check-in.



Adult chaperones are provided by each church group attending.  Counselors must be 21 or older with a 1:6 ratio for counselor/youth. Both male and female counselors must be in attendance if both genders are represented with students. Click here to download the Safe Sanctuaries form. Only one form per church group is needed and this can be turned in at registration.



The cost is $130 per person which includes lodging, meals, insurance and a t-shirt.



Participants at ENCOUNTER will be sleeping in the cabins at Epworth By The Sea.  All beds are twin size. Participants will need to bring their own bed linens and towels (see a recommended list of What to Pack). In most cases, multiple church groups will be assigned to each cabin.



Friday, November 18

5:00                Registration begins (Brown Auditorium)

5:30-7:00       Supper line open

8:00                Adult Orientation (Strickland Flagpole)

8:15                Opening Worship  (Strickland Auditorium)

10:00              Church Time

12:00              Lights Out

Saturday, November 19

7:45                Breakfast Line Opens

8:45                Quiet Time

9:30                Worship ENCOUNTER 2 (Strickland)

11:00              Church Time

11:45              Group Photo (Gazebo)

12:00              Cookout under the Oaks

1:00-5:30       Free Time

5:30-6:45       Supper

7:00                Worship ENCOUNTER 3 (Strickland)

8:30                Church Time

9:30                Late Night Fun

12:00              Lights Out

Sunday, November 20

7:45                Breakfast Line Opens

8:45                Quiet Time

9:30                Worship ENCOUNTER 4 (Strickland)

11:15              Lunch & Depart


Suzanne Akins, Event Coordinator


(888) 266-7642 ext. 107


Allison Lindsey, Connectional Ministries Associate Director


(888) 266-7642 ext. 105