NOVEMBER 17-19, 2017                                             EPWORTH BY THE SEA



Encounter is a weekend retreat designed for 6th - 12th grade students where everyone will ENCOUNTER God, and each in a very unique way. This retreat will offer passionate worship, relevant Bible study and a meaningful time with other teens at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. In John 14:6, Jesus tells us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." What if we use this ONE life we've been given to live unashamedly for the ONE and only true God? What if we worship unashamedly the ONE who redeemed us? What if we show others the ONE way to eternal life? What if God showed up and changed ONE life...yours? 



Online registration is now OPEN. Click here to register your church group.  

Registrations will be pending until full payment is received. Cost is $135 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. Deadline is November 9, 2017.

Church leaders: Click here if you need a form to hand out to gather your student's and chaperone's  information. This is not a registration form. Only online registration is accepted.

Refund Policy: Cancellation PRIOR to the deadline = Total refund less $35.00 (non-refundable deposit). Cancellation AFTER the deadline = No refund. Cancellation due to illness prior to retreat = Total refund less $35.00. Fees may be transferred to a NEW REPLACEMENT camper if the registrar is notified prior to the first day of the retreat.To make notice of cancellation or change after the deadline, you must contact the Connectional Ministries office at (912) 638-8626 and in writing to suzanne@sgaumc.com.




Jarrid Wilson is a husband, dad, speaker, best-selling author and inspirational blogger.


His articles have been viewed by tens-of-millions, showcased on some of today’s hottest talk shows, and featured on national news stations worldwide. He is a dynamic speaker whose outside-the-box perspectives have gained him national recognition from some of today’s most influential Christian leaders and pastors.

His highly unconventional way of sharing faith takes a fresh look at the way Jesus would call individuals to live out their everyday lives. Unafraid to tackle tough and controversial topics, Jarrid is known for his refreshing perspectives on what others may view as set in black and white. His blog is one of the most talked about faith-based blogs on the web, and his dedication to use social media for the sake of that faith has been paramount to his success as a writer.

Jarrid and his wife Juli live in Nashville, Tennessee with their son, Finch and dog, Eloise.

His newest book entitled, “Jesus Swagger” is now available worldwide.



Charlie Judd is no stranger to events at Epworth By The Sea. As a counselor for Camp Connect during his college years, Charlie honed his worship gifts and eventually went to Colorado Springs for worship school. With a background in both youth and worship ministry, Charlie came back to Camp Connect in the summer of 2017 to train and lead the summer worship team. Charlie brings a passion to see young people experience God through worship, ultimately leading to a changed life. 

Charlie and his wife Stephanie live on St. Simons Island where she teaches middle school and he is studying for an additional degree in Speech Pathology. 



Erica Sergeant may be a pole vaulter by day, but we've heard at night she can leap over mountains in a single bound. Super Girl? Wonder Woman? Flying purple people eater? Yes! (ok maybe not that last one). Erica is a student at Kennesaw State University where she literally leaps over high things for fun...and to keep her scholarship. She was one of the speakers at High School Camp this summer and God used her voice and her testimony to change lives in a powerful, jaw dropping way. She's funny, strong and a friend to all so it's no surprise Erica will be setting the stage for our worship sessions during Encounter. 



Saturday just got a whole lot more fun! Game time on the Brown Center Field with Knockerball, GaGa Ball and more! 


And the fun won't stop at night! After everything is over, we'll have 4 escape rooms set up, sending groups through for an intense, 15 minute puzzle-solving game. The clues are there for you to find. Can you strategize with your team and make it out in time? 



Adult Leader Guide: 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 $135 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 17

5:30              Registration begins (Brown Auditorium)

5:30-7:00     Supper line open

8:00              Adult Orientation 

8:15              Opening Worship  (Strickland Auditorium)

9:45              Church Time

10:45             In Cabins

Saturday, November 18

7:30-8:45        Breakfast Line Open

9:00                Devotions

9:30                Worship ENCOUNTER 2 (Strickland)

11:00              Church Time

12:00              Cookout under the Oaks

1:00                Community Groups 

2:00-4:00        Outdoor Games: Knockerball, GaGa Ball

                       Free Time

5:30-6:45       Supper

7:00                Worship ENCOUNTER 3 (Strickland)

8:30                Church Time

9:15                Late Night Fun: Escape Rooms, Open Mic Coffeehouse

11:00              In Cabins

Sunday, November 19

7:30-8:45       Breakfast line open

9:00                Pack up

9:30                Devotions

10:00              Worship ENCOUNTER 4 (Strickland)

11:15              Lunch & Depart


Suzanne Akins, Event Coordinator


(888) 266-7642 ext. 107