At the Table: Conversations with the Bishop, Hospitality & Virtual Tools Trainings



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, and fellowship. While the gathering of over 500 confirmands won't be happening in person this time, we are still offering our content, though this time, digitally! 


NEW IN 2021

The focus behind this packaged event remains the same as the in-person event: to complement what a church is or will be doing for each Confirmation class AND to bring a sense of connectedness to our churches. You can use the resources all at once or spread them out over the different weeks. You can use them all or just pick one - YOU decide what's best for your church's context!


Here are just some of the resources we'll be offering in 2021:

* Mini video courses on topics of grace, United Methodist History, our connectedness, the journey as a disciple of Christ and more!

* Q&A Zoom session with your District Superintendent (multiple dates/times to choose from)

* "How to talk to confirmands about General Conference" digital download

* Spotify playlist of worship/hymns

* Opening and closing videos featuring Bishop Bryan 

* Sample schedule layout



Registration is now closed. Resources will launch in February 2021 for the churches registered and may be used at any time. T-shirts will arrive by the end of February.


The cost is $10 per person and includes all packaged digital content and a t-shirt. Payment is required at time of registration in order to be complete. 


All digital contents will be sent to the email provided in the registration. For information about obtaining any of the resources, contact Suzanne Akins at 



Connect FOR - Understanding and defining the words we use as United Methodists – including Wesleyan terms, organizational terms, titles, etc. This workshop will help students get some sense of our organization, especially our "connection," and an understanding of key people and key terms they will hear. Led by Rev. Ted and Dana Goshorn, Eastman First UMC

Three Simple Rules - This is a study of the General Rules that were observed by the Methodist societies of John Wesley and that are found in our United Methodist Book of Discipline.  In this mini course, students will explore what it means to do no harm, to do good, and to attend upon all the ordinances of God, all while working through a 3-step cooking recipe!  Led by Rev. Adrienne Burgess, St. Marys Road UMC
Packin' for the Journey - Before you take the first step on a journey you must pack your gear.  This mini course will help students learn about things they will need on their journey of faith while going on a "virtual" camping trip.  Students will learn about what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus, how to grow in that relationship, and why it is important to serve others because of that relationship. Led by Josh Burnham, Brooklet UMC
History of the Church -  The heritage, the people and the places - we'll hear about them all as we journey through the years of how the church began to where we are today. Content provided by Anne Packard, Moore Methodist Museum


Other: Seasons of the church, Grace, Wesley Quadrilateral 




For more information, please contact Suzanne Akins, Director of Camping & Retreats at or (912) 638-8626 ext 107.

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