Epworth's Winter Camp Meeting to study "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

1/18/2012

Churches of all denominations from the Golden Isles and across the state are cordially invited to attend Winter Camp Meeting at Epworth By The Sea, St. Simons Island, January 29 through February 1.  Outstanding preachers, Bible teachers and area choirs and musicians will examine the theme “The Greatest Story Ever Told” in new and creative ways.

Winter Camp Meetings have been a mainstay of many Christian denominations in America since the frontier days.  Because people did not have churches in their communities, they would travel great distances to hear preaching, pray and sing favorite old-time hymns of the day.  They would often camp in tents and wagons while the services went through the day and night.  The gatherings provided religious experiences as well as a welcome break from the challenges of the frontier days.   

“Winter Camp Meeting is one of the finest events held at Epworth,” said Epworth Superintendent Charles Adams. “For United Methodists and all area denominations, gathering at Epworth on St. Simons Island has special significance.  It is wonderful to worship and fellowship together while growing spiritually.” 

All services will be held in the Strickland Auditorium.  United Methodist Mission Ministries will participate in a “Georgia Mission Agency Fair” for an opportunity to share their ministry. 

Opening the four-day gathering will be Bishop James R. King, Jr., episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.  An outstanding preacher, Bishop King speaks passionately from the heart.  He brings life to the scriptures and plants their message directly into listener’s daily lives.  He encourages all to step up, to share the love of God and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Putting faith into action is the mainstay of his preaching.  His dramatic calls to discipleship are filled with personal compassion and commitment. 

Rev. Joseph Mays, minister of music ministries for Brunswick’s College Place United Methodist Church, will lead the chancel choir as they present special music for the Bishop’s Hour. 

Preaching for the worship services on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will be Rev. Wayne Moseley, Americus District Superintendent; Rev. Mike Huling, Savannah District Superintendent; and Rev. Benjy Varnell, Waycross District Superintendent.

Evening worship services on Monday and Tuesday will be preached by Rev. Tommy Martin, Macon District Superintendent and Rev. Henry Bass, Valdosta District Superintendent. 

Music will be under the direction Angie Carr, director of music ministries for Tifton First United Methodist Church.  Donna Nilsson, music director for Brunswick First United Methodist Church, will serve as pianist, and Mr. George Ingram, organist for Brunswick First UMC, will provide special music.  Additional area choirs presenting special music during the evening worship services include Woodbine United Methodist Church and Brunswick First United Methodist Church. 

The morning Bible study teachers will include Rev. Shane Green, Columbus District Superintendent; Rev. Ben Martin, Statesboro District Superintendent; and Rev. Lowery Brantley, Thomasville District Superintendent. They will center the studies on Acts 2:42, dealing with teaching, fellowship and prayer. 

All evening services begin at 7 p.m.  Morning Bible study begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by morning worship at 10:45 a.m.  A fellowship time with refreshments will follow services on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings.  The fellowship gatherings will be hosted by the Georgia/Florida United Methodist Federal Credit Union, Magnolia Manor, Wesley Glen, the Vashti Center and the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.  

Optional activities and tours are available during the afternoon.  One CEU credit is available at no cost.  For more information and to register, visit www.epworthbythesea.org or call Ann Willis at (912) 638-8688.  For further information about Epworth Winter Camp Meeting, contact Epworth at epworth@epworthbythesea.org.