Designed for students in the fifth grade and above, the “Join the Journey” Confirmation Retreat will provide churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, and fellowship. The event 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.
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 Event Coordinator Suzanne Akins at email@example.com or (912) 638-8626 ext 107.
Registration is now CLOSED and the event is full. Deadline: February 11, 2019.
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: 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.
CANCELLATION 2 weeks before retreat's opening day = Total refund less $35.00. Within 1 week of retreat's opening day = No refund. Due to illness prior to retreat's opening day = Total refund less $35.00. 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 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.
A large group spotlight on Holy Communion will give confirmands a deeper understanding of this rich, timeless sacrament, answering the who, what, where, when and why questions about The Lord's Supper.
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 and 2018 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.
The 2019 Offering is TBD.
Use this opportunity to teach and encourage your confirmands about giving as an act of worship.
The cost is $60 per person for South Georgia UM churches and $135 per person for out-of-conference churches. This includes lodging, meals, programming, insurance and a t-shirt.
Friday, March 1st
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)
9:30 PM Holy Clubs
10:30 PM In Cabins / Lights Out
Saturday, March 2nd
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
1:00 PM Workshop #3
2:00 - 4:00 PM Free Time (see below for options)
4:30 PM A Holy Mystery (Strickland)
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
Sunday, March 3rd
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