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 made the difficult decision to cancel all South Georgia Conference retreats for children and youth for fall 2020. With the current restrictions required for large group gatherings and the now very-known risk involved in overnight camp and retreat settings, KidzQuest and Encounter, the youth retreat for 6th-12th grade students held at Epworth By The Sea, are cancelled and set to return in 2021.
We are grateful for the many churches in our conference who have made these weekends a priority for faith formation and we look forward to being able to gather together again at Epworth By The Sea to grow closer to God and to one another – safely.
KidzQuest, the annual children’s fall retreat sponsored by South Georgia’s 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 the grounds of Epworth By The Sea retreat center on St. Simons Island, GA. 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. Amidst beautiful coastal scenery, amazing adult leaders (that's you!) and time away from home - these children are given an opportunity to experience Christ in brand new ways!
How it works: 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. After the event is full, registration will close and a waiting list will begin. Deadline is September 10, 2021.
Cost: $150 per person and includes meals, cabin lodging, insurance, tshirt and programming.
Church leaders: Click here (link will be live when registration opens) 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, you must contact the Connectional Ministries office at (912) 638-8626 ext 107 and in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promo Material - A one-page full color pdf promo flyer to distribute as needed.
Adult Leaders Guide - Full color versions for each of your adult chaperones will be included in your church packet at check-in.
Church Time - There will be two opportunities, 45 minutes each, to debrief with your group about what they are learning and how to apply that to their daily lives. Resources will be available for this time in your check-in packets; however, feel free to tailor this time to best fit your group of kids.
Devotions - Each child will receive devotional guides for both Saturday and Sunday mornings. These will be in church packets at check-in.
Menu for the weekend
Register group online and make sure payment is received within 7 days.
Print off, fill out and have Pastor sign Safe Sanctuaries Form.
Collect and keep all youth medical forms and insurance information with you.
Give participants a list of What to Pack.
Make plans for when and where late arrivals will meet for your group transportation.
Adult chaperones are provided by each church group attending. A 1:6 chaperone/camper ratio is required and both genders must be represented in chaperones if represented with campers.
KidzQuest is a Safe Sanctuaries compliant event and all adult chaperones must be certified. Please include the following Safe Sanctuaries form with registrations. Only one form per group is needed. Click here to download the Safe Sanctuaries form.
Participants at KidzQuest 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 What to Pack). In most cases, multiple church groups will be assigned to each cabin.
Free time has been scheduled in to allow for groups to enjoy the island as a part of the programming.
For more information, contact Suzanne Akins, Camp & Retreat Director, at email@example.com.
Office of Connectional Ministries (912) 638-8626 ext 107.