2013 Confirmation Retreat set for March 15-17


Connectional Ministries, in partnership with Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, will again offer youth from around the Conference the opportunity to learn, worship and fellowship at their annual Confirmation Retreat. The retreat will be held March 15-17, and the deadline for registration is Feb. 28. 

Designed for students in the sixth 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. In addition to workshop sessions that will cover topics like discipleship, rules to live by and United Methodist lingo, the event will also include large group gatherings that focus on the church seasons and God’s amazing grace.

“Our theme this year is ‘Hidden,’ inspired by Colossians 3:3, which says, ‘… your life is now hidden with Christ in God,’” said Allison Lindsey, associate director of Connectional Ministries. “This scripture unlocks the truths that through God’s forgiveness, grace and the sacrifice of Christ Jesus, we are called to a new life as a new creation!”

Not meant to be the only confirmation youth go through, the Confirmation Retreat should complement the different curriculums and models of what a church is or will be doing.

Workshop topics include:

Talkin' Funny / Mumbo Jumbo will help attendees understand and define the words used in United Methodism, including Wesleyan terms, organizational terms, titles, and more. Confirmands will gain a greater sense of organization and understanding of key people and terms.

Three Simple Rules is a study of the General Rules that were observed by the Methodist societies of John Wesley and that are found in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Students will explore what it means to do no harm, to do good, and to attend upon all the ordinances of God.

Packing for the Journey will help students learn about things they will need on their “journey” of faith. They 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.

Also offered during the weekend are “Holy Clubs,” smaller breakout groups that will study specific topics, with a method and purpose to grow in knowledge and love for Jesus Christ.

Confirmands may choose to study any of the following:

An Invitation to Chat (Prayer) focuses on looking into the practice of praying and gives confirmands a better understanding of what prayer is: when, where, and how they can pray. Opportunities will be given throughout the weekend for confirmands to pray during sessions.

Come to the Table (Holy Communion) explores the meaning of Holy Communion. Confirmands will assist in serving Communion during Sunday morning worship.

Feasting on the Word (Bible study) will help unlock the mysteries of an ancient book with an ever-present message applicable to daily life.

Devotion Motion (Devotions & Meditations) looks at and practices reading devotions and meditations appropriate for youth.

The large group general session gatherings will take place in Strickland Auditorium and will include high-energy music, a speaker, individual church time for discussion, multi-media presentations, and youth involvement. The following church seasons will theme each of the general sessions: Advent and prevenient grace, Lent/Easter and justifying grace, and Pentecost and sanctifying grace.

“It is awesome to pull in so many different individuals from across South Georgia to speak for our general sessions, teach workshops and holy clubs, and lead worship for the weekend,” Lindsey said. “And there is nothing like the energy of 500 youth worshipping in Strickland Auditorium to both inspire you and humble you to the responsibility and opportunity that we have to make disciples of this generation.”

For more details, visit http://www.sgaumc.org/pages/detail/235 or call Anne Packard, event registrar, at 888-266-7642.