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FROM THE BISHOP R. LAWSON BRYAN Recently, on our early morning walks, Sherrill and I have witnessed a beautiful sight: long lines of cars at local churches. That’s when we ...
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Apply today for Renfro Trust Grant

July 19, 2021
Connectional Ministries is accepting applications for the Southeastern Jurisdiction Renfro Trust Grant. This grant is a brick and mortar grant specifically for small, rural churches. Guidelines, requirements and applications can be found here. Completed applications must be submitted to Outreach Chair Susan Hughes at susanjhughes17@gmail.com. The deadline for completed applications to be submitted is Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Printable July 20 South Georgia Advocate

July 19, 2021
Click here to view and print the July 20 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the July 20 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

Printable July 6 South Georgia Advocate

July 05, 2021
Click here to view and print the July 6 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the July 6 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

UMW to host virtual Mission u July 10 and 17; virtual Pastors’ School set for July 15

July 05, 2021
Georgia United Methodist Pastors' School is scheduled for Thursday, July 15, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year’s program will be virtual and held via Zoom. The one-day event will provide inspiration and education under the theme “Pastoring for the Long Haul: What It Looks Like for a Lifetime of Ministry.” Teaching will focus on practical ways to restart after the pandemic. “The Georgia Pastors’ School board was very worried that skipping a second year would make it almost impossible to ever ...

Printable June 22 South Georgia Advocate

June 20, 2021
Click here to view and print the June 22 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the June 22 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 19 pages)

Printable South Georgia Advocate, Annual Conference edition

June 09, 2021
Click here to view and print the Annual Conference edition of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Annual Conference edition of the South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 30 pages)

Alive Together at the Table through mission, ministry & evangelism

Alive Together at the Table through mission, ministry & evangelism

June 08, 2021
Churches throughout the conference continue to demonstrate the ways they are Alive Together at the Table through mission, ministry, and evangelism.  One Matters Award Emanuel UMC in Brunswick, Ga. is the recipient of the 2021One Matters Award given by Discipleship Ministries. This award recognizes churches with a renewed focus on discipleship through professions of faith, baptisms and growth. Each “one” in these categories represents a life transformed. Evangelistically Fruitful Congregations...

Videos highlight ways Conference is alive

June 08, 2021
During the 2021 online Annual Conference session, delegates watched videos highlighting areas in the South Georgia Conference that are alive and vital and ways the conference is “Alive Together at the Table.” Connectional Ministries Connectional Ministries highlighted various missions and ministries showing the impact our connection is having both within the bounds of South Georgia and beyond.  Camp Connect: Camp Connect has made a comeback, and we are HAVING CAMPS this summer! Book Club: ...

Laity Cabinet connects laity, conference leadership

Laity Cabinet connects laity, conference leadership

June 07, 2021
In a video played during the 2021 Annual Conference session, Conference Lay Leader J. Knapp, a member of Thomasville First United Methodist Church, introduced the new South Georgia Laity Cabinet.  Made up of the six district lay leaders, the director of Connectional Ministries, the director of Communications, and the conference lay leader, the group meets monthly with Bishop Bryan to learn, talk, plan, and represent the Conference’s laity. “The laity are not part of the church. The laity ARE ...

Prepare now for this season’s storms

May 31, 2021
By Kara Witherow, Editor The South Georgia Conference is no stranger to storms. And folks throughout the Conference – not just those on the coast – need to be aware and prepared for what may lie ahead. The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season – which runs June 1 through November 30 – is forecast to be “above average” in regard to the number of named storms and major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) according to Colorado State University hurricane researchers. ...

Printable June 1 South Georgia Advocate

May 31, 2021
Click here to view and print the June 1 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the June 1 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 23 pages)

Printable May 18 South Georgia Advocate

May 17, 2021
Click here to view and print the May 18 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the May 18 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 25 pages)

Join our May 11

Join our May 11 "Alive Together at the Table" conversation

May 03, 2021
Join us at noon on Tuesday, May 11 as we gather around a virtual table for a time of reflection, conversation, and connection. We'll be talking with other South Georgia people about things that matter to South Georgia. We can't wait to see you! Register

Printable May 4 South Georgia Advocate

May 03, 2021
Click here to view and print the May 4 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the May 4 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

Creativity, computers help annual Confirmation Retreat continue

Creativity, computers help annual Confirmation Retreat continue

April 19, 2021
By Kara Witherow, Editor For thousands of South Georgia children and youth, the Conference’s Confirmation Retreat has been a crucial part of their confirmation journey. Since 2002, hundreds of children have flocked to Epworth By The Sea each spring for worship, study, and fellowship with fellow confirmands. But because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Confirmation Retreat was in limbo and organizers had to determine if and how to host the event. “Now more than ever, youth are ...

Printable April 20 South Georgia Advocate

April 19, 2021
Click here to view and print the April 20 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the April 20 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 27 pages)

Printable April 6 South Georgia Advocate

April 02, 2021
Click here to view and print the April 6 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the April 6 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 30 pages)

Trainings will help equip, resource local churches

April 02, 2021
Knowing church leaders are navigating an ever changing ministry landscape, the South Georgia Conference is excited to bring relevant training to help equip local churches in their ministry settings. Two upcoming trainings include “5 Things Your Visitors Are Thinking But Won’t Ask” on Monday, April 12 and “Virtual Tools for Ministry” on Thursday, April 15. Both trainings will be conducted via Zoom. “Hospitality and evangelism have taken on new dimensions in our BOTH/AND world of online and ...

Camp Connect filling up quickly, register today

Camp Connect filling up quickly, register today

March 15, 2021
Camp is back! And this time, with a twist. With Epworth By The Sea remaining closed to the public for the 2021 summer, Camp Connect is packing up and moving 18 miles away to Camp Jekyll on Jekyll Island! Registration is now open for all six camps (Bridge Camp, High School Camp, two Middle School Camps and two Elementary Camps). We can't wait to see you on Jekyll Island this summer for a once-in-a-Camp-Connect experience! More information I Registration

Printable March 16 South Georgia Advocate

March 15, 2021
Click here to view and print the March 16 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the March 16 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 33 pages)

Printable March 2 South Georgia Advocate

March 01, 2021
Click here to view and print the March 2 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the March 2 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 27 pages)

Apply today for Camp Connect Leadership Team!

Apply today for Camp Connect Leadership Team!

February 15, 2021
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Camp Connect Summer Leadership Team. Applications are open to college students who have completed at least one year of college. The Leadership Team will commit to nine weeks of camping ministry which will include serving at high school, middle school, and elementary camps. These camp counselors will minister to hundreds of youth and children throughout the summer while making Christian friendships with other staff members that last a lifetime. ...

Connectional Ministries launches online book club

Connectional Ministries launches online book club

February 15, 2021
By Kara Witherow, Editor The global coronavirus pandemic may have changed much about the way we socialize, attend worship services, shop, and live our lives, but one thing most everyone can do while staying home is read. Beginning March 2, Connectional Ministries invites South Georgia clergy and laity to join a virtual book club via Zoom. From the comfort of one’s home or office – anywhere, really – participants will discuss the week’s book, its important themes, and faith. “The blessing of ...

Join South Georgia’s Easter Virtual Choir!

February 15, 2021
Easter is just a few weeks away, and what’s more uplifting and unifying than joining together in song? Be a part of the South Georgia United Methodist Easter Virtual Choir! By now you’ve probably seen and heard videos of choirs coming together (digitally) to sing choruses, hymns, and songs. Now is your chance to be a part of a virtual choir for Easter. Join with other South Georgia United Methodist voices to celebrate the Good News of Christ’s resurrection! It’s easy to participate. Just ...

Printable Feb. 16 South Georgia Advocate

February 15, 2021
Click here to view and print the Feb. 16 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Feb. 16 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 29 pages)

Printable Feb. 2 South Georgia Advocate

February 01, 2021
Click here to view and print the Feb. 2 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Feb. 2 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 25 pages)

Our Connection Matters: Lenten 2021 Resources

Our Connection Matters: Lenten 2021 Resources

January 22, 2021
This year Ash Wednesday is on February 17 and will usher us into the season of Lent as we begin the journey to the cross and then the celebration of the risen Christ. Lent is a season that calls Christians into simplicity, repentance, and reflection to grow closer to God. It is not a season to rush through to the excitement of Easter. Rather, Lent is a season to slow down and reflect as we strip away what might hinder us in our faith or pick up a practice that draws us nearer to God. Just a...

Printable Jan. 19 South Georgia Advocate

January 18, 2021
Click here to view and print the Jan. 19 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Jan. 19 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 31 pages)

Join Bishop Bryan for reflection and conversation this month - Jan. 19, 25

Join Bishop Bryan for reflection and conversation this month - Jan. 19, 25

January 15, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters of the South Georgia Conference,  “Come to the table!” Those are the words my grandmother used to alert us kids that food had been prepared and it was time to come together for a meal. That's the same invitation I extend to you as we gather for times of reflection and conversations starting at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Come to the table! The goal is to continue living out this year’s conference theme, “Alive Together at the Table,” by having regular opportunities to ...

Annual Confirmation Retreat reimagined

Annual Confirmation Retreat reimagined

January 04, 2021
The 20th annual Confirmation Retreat may not look like it has the last 19 years, but the focus remains the same: to complement what a church is or will be doing for each Confirmation class and to bring a sense of connectedness to our churches. Since 2002, the South Georgia Conference has sponsored an annual Confirmation Retreat at Epworth By The Sea for students in the fifth grade and above. This event provides churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, ...

Both/And Webinar: Maximizing hybrid worship experiences for online and in-person audiences

Both/And Webinar: Maximizing hybrid worship experiences for online and in-person audiences

January 04, 2021
Join Jason Moore on Tuesday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to noon for a 2-hour workshop delving into strategies for how to create powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they’re an afterthought.  We will explore: Re-imagining worship for both/and How to create interactive both/and experiences Bringing at home and in-person audiences together in real time Alternative opportunities for online audiences watching in-person livestreams Repurposing in-person worship for online audiences ...

Printable Jan. 5 South Georgia Advocate

January 04, 2021
Click here to view and print the Jan. 5 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Jan. 5 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 39 pages)

Printable Dec. 15 South Georgia Advocate

December 14, 2020
Click here to view and print the Dec. 15 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Dec. 15 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 34 pages)

LaGrange College offers virtual Lessons and Carols to UMCs

LaGrange College offers virtual Lessons and Carols to UMCs

December 09, 2020
United Methodist-related LaGrange College is sharing the school's musical gifts with our South Georgia Conference connection. On December 6, LaGrange presented “Lessons & Carols” to the community. Following that performance, the school is digitally sharing the individual components of the 60-minute production for churches to use in virtual worship. Please note that you can use individual selections and/or the entire Lessons & Carols.  "It is our desire to help supply beautiful musical content ...

Printable Dec. 1 South Georgia Advocate

November 30, 2020
Click here to view and print the Dec. 1 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Dec. 1 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

Register today for South Georgia Youth Workers Retreat

Register today for South Georgia Youth Workers Retreat

November 30, 2020
Registration is now open for the South Georgia Conference's Youth Worker Winter Retreat January 21-22, 2021, at Little Ocmulgee State Park. This retreat is being designed BY local church youth workers FOR local church youth workers! There are still a few spots available. Contact Suzanne Akins at suzanne@sgaumc.com if you would like to attend. 

Giving thanks

Giving thanks

November 16, 2020
There's no question 2020 has been a challenging year. But we still have much for which to give thanks. We asked you, our South Georgia UM family and friends, what you’re thankful for during this season of giving thanks. We are thankful for our wonderful #sgaumc family! Here’s what you shared with us: I am thankful for the new friends I have made by participating in online events and studies. Karen Forrester, Bainbridge First UMC I am thankful for all the volunteers and ERTs that have worked ...

Printable Nov. 17 South Georgia Advocate

November 16, 2020
Click here to view and print the Nov. 17 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Nov. 17 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 21 pages)

Printable Nov. 3 South Georgia Advocate

November 02, 2020
Click here to view and print the Nov. 3 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Nov. 3 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 21 pages)  

Printable Oct. 20 South Georgia Advocate

October 19, 2020
Click here to view and print the Oct. 20 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Oct. 20 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

Connectional Ministries highlights UM faith leaders, resources local churches and laity in two new series

Connectional Ministries highlights UM faith leaders, resources local churches and laity in two new series

October 05, 2020
The Office of Connectional Ministries is working hard to connect and resource local churches during this unusual and challenging time. With their Conversations at The Table series, clergy and laity are invited to grab lunch, pull up a chair, and join the Connectional Ministries team for a series of Zoom conversations. Several upcoming topics are slated so you can learn from others, share ideas, and be inspired. All conversations will be held via Zoom. More information In addition to the ...

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

October 05, 2020
By J. F. Knapp, III, Conference Lay Leader Encourage one another and build up each other. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NRSV) While our response to this pandemic has been hard on communities and congregations across the country, we cannot overlook the fact that this has been particularly difficult for our pastors. These are individuals whose calling is to minister to people, especially in times of difficulty. COVID-19’s Rules of Engagement have closed sanctuaries, and social distancing has prevented...

Printable Oct. 6 South Georgia Advocate

October 05, 2020
Click here to view and print the Oct. 6 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Oct. 6 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 21 pages)

Printable Sept. 15 South Georgia Advocate

September 14, 2020
Click here to view and print the Sept. 15 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Sept. 15 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 24 pages)

Printable Sept. 1 South Georgia Advocate

August 31, 2020
Click here to view and print the Sept. 1 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Sept. 1 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 28 pages)

Alive Together in Witness through mission, ministry & evangelism

August 17, 2020
Churches throughout the conference continue to demonstrate the ways they are Alive Together in Witness through mission, ministry, and evangelism.  Evangelistically Fruitful Congregations The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. A significant dimension of the disciple-making process is that of leading people to make a commitment to God through baptism and profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Reaching new persons with the gospel is at the very heart of every church’s ...

Conference approves funding for North Katanga Conference

Conference approves funding for North Katanga Conference

August 17, 2020
The South Georgia Conference, during its 2020 Annual Conference session, approved a recommendation for the reallocation of designated reserve funds to support several ministries in the North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  The $60,000 in mission funds reallocated for use in the North Katanga Annual Conference was originally raised for the East Africa Annual Conference: Open Hands Partnership and Humble Place School. The East Africa partnership ceased in...

Printable Aug. 18 South Georgia Advocate

August 17, 2020
Click here to view and print the Aug. 18 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Aug. 18 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 39 pages)

Apply today for Renfro Trust Grant

August 03, 2020
Connectional Ministries is accepting applications for the Southeastern Jurisdiction Renfro Trust Grant. This grant is a brick and mortar grant specifically for small, rural churches. Guidelines, requirements and applications can be found here. Completed applications must be submitted to Allison Lindsey by our conference deadline: Monday, August 24, 2020. (Note: application will say August 1)

Printable Aug. 4 South Georgia Advocate

August 03, 2020
Click here to view and print the Aug. 4 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the Aug. 4 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 27 pages)

Printable July 21 South Georgia Advocate

July 20, 2020
Click here to view and print the July 21 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the July 21 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 30 pages)

Printable July 7 South Georgia Advocate

July 06, 2020
Click here to view and print the July 7 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the July 7 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 26 pages)

Printable June 16 South Georgia Advocate

June 15, 2020
Click here to view and print the June 16 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the June 16 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 27 pages)

Buy a shirt, support Camp Connect

Buy a shirt, support Camp Connect

June 01, 2020
There's just something special about camp. And while camp will look different this summer, you can still support Camp Connect and look (and feel!) good while doing it! Get your 2020 Camp Connect shirt today! The shirts will only be available for purchase through June 11. Click here to purchase. 

Dismantling Racism, Standing Together

June 01, 2020
The George Floyd Story and Others By Rev. Earnestine Campbell The recent killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American male in Minneapolis, Minn., by white police officers, has retriggered the awareness of killings of black males by police officers. The tragic killing on May 25 has incited peaceful protests across the nation and abroad and, at the same time there have, unfortunately, been those who have used the protests for violence, looting, and destruction. Even with this, however, ...

Printable June 2 South Georgia Advocate

June 01, 2020
Click here to view and print the June 2 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the June 2 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 26 pages)

Printable May 19 South Georgia Advocate

May 19, 2020
Click here to view and print the May 19 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the May 19 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 21 pages)

Camp Connect update: no camps this summer

Camp Connect update: no camps this summer

May 04, 2020
Last week, Suzanne Akins, Camp Connect director, announced that all 2020 Camp Connect summer camps have been canceled. Camp Connect is the camping ministry of the South Georgia Annual Conference. “With heavy hearts, we have made the decision to not have camps this summer,” Akins said. “Through consultation and collaboration with conference leadership, Bishop Bryan, camp industry experts, and health officials, we are confident that closing camps for the 2020 summer is the wisest decision for us....

Printable May 5 South Georgia Advocate

May 04, 2020
Click here to view and print the May 5 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the May 5 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 25 pages)

Being the Church during the Coronavirus: do justice, love kindness, walk humbly

April 20, 2020
By Rev. Ashley Randall, pastor of Garden City UMC and a member of the Advocacy Team Back to Basics It doesn’t seem quite right that in the face of an “unprecedented” worldwide pandemic the medical experts are urging all of us to practice the most mundane, unsophisticated, and elementary practices of personal hygiene: wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home if you are sick. I mean, if this COVID-19 pandemic is as threatening as the experts say it is, there must be something more that ...

Printable April 21 South Georgia Advocate

April 20, 2020
Click here to view and print the April 21 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the April 21 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 30 pages)

Camp Connect: COVID-19 Update

April 19, 2020
Dear Camp Connect families, We are praying that you are staying healthy during this current COVID-19 outbreak. We are thankful for the hope we have in a BIG God who holds the whole world in His hands. As of right now, we are making contingency plans for our summer camp programming. Because of this, we have pressed pause on our registrations until further notice. Camps have not been canceled at this time. We are still waiting for the most up-to-date information possible before making any final...

Printable April 7 South Georgia Advocate

April 07, 2020
Click here to view and print the April 7 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the April 7 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 34 pages)

Rev. Joseph Lowery, UMC pastor, civil rights activist, dies at 98

Rev. Joseph Lowery, UMC pastor, civil rights activist, dies at 98

April 06, 2020
By the South Georgia Conference Advocacy Team Rev. Joseph Echols Lowery, the beloved dean of the civil rights movement, died on March 27. He was 98. Lowery, a world-renown civil rights activist and United Methodist pastor, marched and worked with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for civil rights and justice.  Lowery leaves behind a rich legacy of service not only to the cause of civil rights, but he also leaves behind an impressive history of service to The United Methodist Church. To ...

Being the Church during the Coronavirus: advocating for those impacted

March 16, 2020
By Denise Rooks, Advocacy Chair, and Rev. Earnestine Campbell, Conference Staff With news of COVID-19 invading many aspects of our lives, the stock market spiraling down, and the constant bombardment of negativity that occurs in our world, it would be easy to go into our homes and stay for months. In times of great stress and concerns, it can be difficult to discern how we fit into the many complex pieces. Many of us can and do feel defeated and helpless due to the uncontrollable circumstances ...

South Georgia Conference Churches Offer Online Worship

South Georgia Conference Churches Offer Online Worship

March 12, 2020
A number of South Georgia Conference churches are offering an online worship experience either by Live Stream or by recording a service to share online.  In addition, for at least the next two Sundays, Bishop Bryan will offer a live stream worship moment from 10:00 am - 10:30 am. You can find this on our conference Facebook page and website. A recording will also be posted to the conference website for use anytime. This is not to compete with anything churches are already doing but is meant as ...

Printable March 3 South Georgia Advocate

March 02, 2020
Click here to view and print the March 3 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the March 3 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

South Georgia clergy attend Young Adult Clergy Leadership Forum in D.C.

South Georgia clergy attend Young Adult Clergy Leadership Forum in D.C.

March 01, 2020
Two South Georgia Conference clergy recently attended the General Board of Church and Society’s (GBCS) Young Adult Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Rev. Grace Guyton and Rev. Antonie Walker joined a group of 50 young clergy from around the world in a forum that helped connect pastors with the mission of GBCS, provided a gathering to share knowledge and experiences, and provided opportunities to build relationships with other young clergy from across the United Methodist connection. ...

Printable Feb. 18 South Georgia Advocate

February 17, 2020
Click here to view and print the February 18 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the February 18 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 25 pages)

Printable Feb. 4 South Georgia Advocate

February 03, 2020
Click here to view and print the February 4 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the February 4 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer, or the Internet. (Length: 30 pages)

18th annual Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat set for Feb. 28-March 1

18th annual Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat set for Feb. 28-March 1

January 20, 2020
The 18th annual South Georgia Conference sponsored Confirmation Retreat is designed for students in the fifth grade and above. This event provides churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, and fellowship. It will also include large group gatherings around the church seasons and breakout sessions with topics of grace, United Methodist History and United Methodist lingo as well as Holy Clubs throughout the weekend. Space is limited to the first 500 ...

Printable Jan. 21 South Georgia Advocate

January 20, 2020
Click here to view and print the January 21 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the January 21 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 23 pages)

Bishop Bryan, delegation to share at Winter Conference

January 19, 2020
During Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, Bishop Lawson Bryan and members of South Georgia’s General Conference delegation will participate in a panel discussion to share information, plans, and proposals related to the 2020 General Conference Session. One of the items they’ll discuss is the most recent proposal, “A Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation.”  Church leaders are encouraged to attend Winter Conference for this discussion and to hear Len ...

Printable Jan. 7 South Georgia Advocate

January 06, 2020
Click here to view and print the January 7 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the January 7 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 28 pages)

Leadership Tour 2020 heads to Warner Robins, Camilla, Hinesville

Leadership Tour 2020 heads to Warner Robins, Camilla, Hinesville

January 01, 2020
The Office of Connectional Ministries kicked off its 2020 Leadership Tour Sunday, Jan. 5 in Statesboro. The leadership tour, which has four stops, is aimed at equipping and empowering local church leaders.  The 2020 Leadership Tour, which will travel next to Warner Robins, Camilla, and Hinesville, offers practical teaching and resources to inspire and help local church leaders lead with confidence. Similar to the Pathways training event, participants will choose two paths, or classes, to take ...

Printable Dec. 17 South Georgia Advocate

December 16, 2019
Click here to view and print the December 17 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the December 17 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 30 pages)

Printable Dec. 3 South Georgia Advocate

December 02, 2019
Click here to view and print the December 3 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the December 3 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 27 pages)

Students to tour colleges, campus ministries during 2020 Campus Crawl

Students to tour colleges, campus ministries during 2020 Campus Crawl

December 01, 2019
Campus Crawl, set for Feb. 27-29, 2020, is a bus tour designed to introduce 9th-12th grade students to United Methodist colleges and campus ministries around the state. In one weekend, high school students will meet representatives from our United Methodist colleges and universities in Georgia as well as meet several Wesley Foundations on public university campuses. This year we're visiting the following campuses and ministries: KSU, Young Harris, Reinhardt, Georgia Tech, Clark Atlanta, ...

Printable Nov. 19 South Georgia Advocate

November 18, 2019
Click here to view and print the November 19 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the November 19 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 28 pages)

Two local church grant opportunities: Peace with Justice and Ethnic Local Concerns

November 13, 2019
The Office of Connectional Ministries has two grant opportunities for local churches:   The Peace with Justice Grant provides seed money for any local church, district, conference, or agency that has a desire to work and support mercy and justice efforts and who seeks to offer peaceful solutions through Christian discipleship and living out the love and grace of God. Examples include developing disciples who strive to end poverty, being graceful to those at the margins, connecting with people ...

Printable Nov. 5 South Georgia Advocate

November 04, 2019
Click here to view and print the November 5 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the November 5 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 32 pages)

2019 Advent Resources

October 25, 2019
Advent/Christmas We hope the resources provided in this edition will help jumpstart your planning and give you new ideas for this season.   _________________________________________ N  U  R  T  U  R  E Take the Online Advent Quiz: (Download), print and share the Advent Quiz with your church, family & friends!  Chuck Knows Church: The Advent Wreath (Video 3 minutes) New Ways to Celebrate Advent With Kids Christmas Gifts That Won't Break: A Children's Advent Study by James W. Moore. ...

Church and Society to host Young Adult Clergy Forum 2020, scholarships available

October 14, 2019
Church and Society will host the Young Adult Clergy Forum 2020 Jan. 26-29, 2020, in Washington D.C. The Office of Connectional Ministries is offering two scholarships of $500 for two persons, up to the age of 35, to attend who have not participated previously. The forum is for those serving in full time in ministry in local churches or appointments beyond the local church (deacons, elders, or full-time local pastors). Send scholarship requests to earnestine@sgaumc.com. The requests will be ...

Printable Oct. 15 South Georgia Advocate

October 14, 2019
Click here to view and print the October 15 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the October 15 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 33 pages)

Printable Oct. 1 South Georgia Advocate

September 30, 2019
Click here to view and print the October 1 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the October 1 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

Register today for Encounter Youth Retreat, set for Nov. 22-24

Register today for Encounter Youth Retreat, set for Nov. 22-24

September 26, 2019
Youth groups from around the South Georgia Conference (and beyond!) will come together for a fall weekend retreat that offers passionate worship, relevant Bible study, and a meaningful time with other teens at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Sponsored by the Office of Connectional Ministries, Encounter Youth Retreat, set for Nov. 22-24, 2019, is for all middle and high school students.  Encounter offers a chance for students to take a break from school, have fun in the beautiful ...

Printable Sept. 17 South Georgia Advocate

September 16, 2019
Click here to view and print the September 17 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the September 17 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 23 pages)

Printable Sept. 3 South Georgia Advocate

September 02, 2019
Click here to view and print the September 3 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the September 3 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 23 pages)

Printable Aug. 20 South Georgia Advocate

August 19, 2019
Click here to view and print the August 20 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the August 20 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

Join us for KidzQuest!

Join us for KidzQuest!

August 05, 2019
KidzQuest, the annual children’s retreat sponsored by Connectional Ministries, is for students in 3rd-6th grades. This event typically sells out before the deadline and brings so much energy (and noise!) to Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. 500 children and adult leaders come together with dozens of other church groups, learning how to worship, study God's Word, and understand what a relationship with Jesus really means. Amid beautiful coastal scenery, amazing adult leaders, and time away...

400th commemoration remembering the enslavement of African-Americans in North America

July 22, 2019
Nearly 400 years ago, the first African slaves arrived in what is now the United States. Today, many African Americans still struggle with the oppressive legacy. Three United Methodist agencies have assembled a collection of events and written material to help people study and commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first slaves brought to what is now the U.S. in 1619. Read story Denise Rooks, chair of the Conference’s Advocacy Team, has written the following to help us remember, reflect, and ...

Don't miss Pathways - register today!

July 22, 2019
Mark your calendars now for the 2019 Pathways event, August 24. Pathways is geared to equip, inspire and encourage pastors and laity in faith and in ministry! We have more than 30 workshops to choose from, ranging from leadership development, new ministry ideas, social justice, spiritual growth, and more. There's something for everyone! Visit sgaumc.org/pathways for more information, a downloadable brochure with workshop descriptions, a registration link, and a bulletin insert to share in your ...

Printable July 23 South Georgia Advocate

July 22, 2019
Click here to view and print the July 23 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the July 23 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

Printable July 9 South Georgia Advocate

July 08, 2019
Click here to view and print the July 9 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the July 9 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

Annual Conference Program Committee seeks feedback

June 24, 2019
The Annual Conference Program Committee is asking for feedback from those who attended the 2019 Annual Conference Session. Your input helps plan for future conferences.  Click here to share feedback on the 2019 Annual Conference Session.

Multiculturalism and Undocumented Neighbors Task Forces provide resources

June 24, 2019
At the 2017 Annual Conference session, the South Georgia Conference approved two resolutions, statements that represent the position of the conference on a subject. The first, a “Resolution in support of a Coordinated Action on Behalf of Undocumented Neighbors,” called on the presiding bishop to form a task force to develop a strategy to educate clergy and laity about the history of immigration and human and civil rights concerning undocumented members of society and to encourage South Georgia ...

Printable June 25 South Georgia Advocate

June 24, 2019
Click here to view and print the June 25 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the June 25 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 28 pages)

Printable June 11 South Georgia Advocate

June 10, 2019
Click here to view and print the June 11 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the June 11 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 36 pages)

Printable May 21 South Georgia Advocate

May 20, 2019
Click here to view and print the May 21 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the May 21 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 31 pages)

Our Connection Matters: Countdown To Summer

May 06, 2019
Our Connection Matters offers a toolkit which includes a wealth of resources focusing on a different theme to resource your local church in nurture, outreach, witness and advocacy ministries. ________________________________________ Countdown to Summer What does the countdown to summer include? Planning for so many great things: the end of another school year, graduations, Vacation Bible Schools, moving pastors, family vacations, mission journeys, Pentecost and at the top of the list - SUMMER ...

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