November 22-24, 2019



Encounter is a weekend retreat designed for 6th - 12th grade students where everyone will ENCOUNTER God, and each in a very unique way. This retreat will offer passionate worship, relevant Bible study and a meaningful time with other teens at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island.



Online registration is now CLOSED.


Registrations will be pending until full payment is received. Cost is $150 per person (youth & chaperones). Payment is required within 7 days of registering and $50 of the registration fee is non-refundable. Churches will register as a group and fill out individual camper's information within the same registration. Deadline is November 8, 2019. 


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.


Refund Policy: Cancellation PRIOR to the deadline = Total refund less $50.00 (non-refundable deposit). Cancellation AFTER the deadline = No refund. Cancellation due to illness prior to retreat = Total refund less $50.00. Fees may be transferred to a NEW REPLACEMENT camper if the registrar is notified prior to the first day of the retreat.To make notice of cancellation or change after the deadline, you must contact the Connectional Ministries office at (912) 638-8626 and in writing to suzanne@sgaumc.com.





  • Adult Leader Guide: Everything you want to know about the schedule, church time, free time and a few surprises! 
  • Devotions: One devotional booklet per person. These will be used both Saturday and Sunday mornings. 
  • Church Time: Jarrid (speaker) will supply questions based on what he shares at each session. These questions will allow your group to dive deeper into the topics and share in a smaller group. 
  • Map of Epworth
  • Keys to your cabin
  • List of emergency numbers
  • Nametags & lanyards



Adult chaperones are provided by each church group attending.  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. Click here to download the Safe Sanctuaries form. Only one form per church group is needed and this can be turned in at registration.



The cost is $150 per person which includes lodging, meals, insurance and a t-shirt.



Participants at ENCOUNTER will be sleeping in the cabins at Epworth By The Sea.  All beds are twin size. Participants will need to bring their own bed linens and towels (see a recommended list of What to Pack). In most cases, multiple church groups will be assigned to each cabin.



Friday, November 22

5:30              Registration begins (Connectional Ministries Office)

5:30-7:00     Supper line open

8:00              Adult Orientation 

8:15              Opening Worship  (Strickland Auditorium)

10:45             In Cabins


Saturday, November 23

7:30-8:45        Breakfast Line Open

9:00                Devotions

9:30                Worship ENCOUNTER 2 (Strickland)

11:00              Church Time

12:00              Cookout under the Oaks

12:45              Group Photo by the Gazebo

1:00                Community Groups (Girls in Strickland, Boys in Brown)

2:00-5:00       Free Time

5:30-6:45       Supper

7:00                Worship ENCOUNTER 3 (Strickland)

8:30                Church Time

9:15                Late Night Fun

11:00              In Cabins


Sunday, November 24

7:30-8:45       Breakfast line open

9:00                Pack up

9:30                Devotions

10:00              Worship ENCOUNTER 4 (Strickland)

11:15              Lunch & Depart


Suzanne Akins, Event Coordinator


(912) 638-8626 ext. 107


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