As we seek to keep the safety of our children, youth and adult leaders at the forefront during this COVID-19 pandemic, conference staff has put the 19th annual Confirmation Retreat on hold as we wait for more details regarding the restrictions associated with large group gatherings. As we get into 2021, we will make a decision as to whether or not to have March 5-7, 2021 event based on the most current information at that time.
This will be the 19th annual South Georgia Conference sponsored Confirmation Retreat and 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 completed registrations received.
Not meant to be the only confirmation youth go through, the Confirmation Retreat should be complementary to what a church is or will be doing.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Akins, Director of Camping & Retreats at email@example.com or (912) 638-8626 ext 107.
Registration is CLOSED until 2021.
Payment is required at time of registration in order to be complete. Registrations received without payment will be considered PENDING and payment must be received within 7 days or registration will be dropped. Space is limited to the first 500 complete registrations and this event does fill up each year.
Church Leaders: A form will be available once registration opens to gather your student's and chaperone's information. This is not a registration form. Only online registration is accepted.
CANCELLATION 2 weeks before retreat's opening day = Total refund less $50.00. Within 1 week of retreat's opening day = No refund. Due to illness prior to retreat's opening day = Total refund less $50.00. Fees may be transferred to a NEW REPLACEMENT confirmand/chaperone of the same gender if the event coordinator is notified prior to the first day of the retreat.
JOIN THE JOURNEY CONFIRMATION RETREAT is a Safe Sanctuaries compliant event. Click here to download the Safe Sanctuaries form. Only one form per church group is needed and this can be turned in at registration. 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.
An Adult Leader's Guide will be provided at check-in as a resource for each church leader attending the retreat.
Throughout the weekend, Confirmands will experience the liturgical seasons through music, teaching, videos and communion as they gather together four times as a large group. This high-energy, worshipful and interactive time will be yet another opportunity to learn more about Christ and His Church. Dynamic lay and clergy from around the South Georgia Conference will share about God's work in their own lives and His desire for each of us as God's children.
Friday Night: Advent & Prevenient Grace
Saturday Morning: Lent/Easter & Justifying Grace
Saturday Evening: Pentecost & Sanctifying Grace
Sunday Morning: Closing Worship, Communion & Send-off
While John Wesley met with like-minded friends for prayer, Bible study, mutual accountability and good works, our own church groups will meet together for the same thing. Choose any location around campus, and questions will be provided.
Scattered around the campus of Epworth By The Sea are many an unknown fact of our United Methodist history. First team to complete this late-night competition at the final destination wins!
The 2017-2019 Confirmation Retreat Offerings went towards the South Georgia Conference Disaster Response fund to build our capacity to respond to disasters now and in the future. Use this opportunity to teach and encourage your confirmands about giving as an act of worship.
The cost is $100 per person for South Georgia UM churches and $150 per person for out-of-conference churches. This includes 2 nights lodging, 6 meals, all programming, event insurance and a t-shirt.
6:00 PM Check-in begins (Office of Connectional Ministries)
6:00 - 7:00 PM Supper Line Open
7:30 PM Adult Orientation (Lovely Lane)
8:00 PM Opening Worship (Strickland Auditorium)
9:15 PM Holy Clubs
10:30 PM In Cabins / Lights Out
7:00 AM Breakfast Line Opens
8:30 AM Worship (Strickland Auditorium)
10:00 AM Workshop #1
11:00 AM Workshop #2
12:00 PM Cookout Under the Oaks (weather permitting)
1:00 PM Workshop #3
2:00 - 5:30 PM Free Time (see below for options)
5:30 - 6:45 PM Supper
7:00 PM Worship (Strickland)
8:30 PM Holy Clubs
9:30 PM The Amazing (G)Race
10:30 PM In Cabins / Lights Out
7:45 AM Breakfast Line Open
8:30 - 9:45 AM Mission Spotlight (Brown) - 2 groups
10:00 AM Closing Worship & Communion (Strickland)
11:15 AM Lunch / Depart