2021 KidzQuest "a gift from God”


By Kara Witherow, Editor

After pressing pause in 2020, Connectional Ministries put on an epic beach bash this year to welcome back KidzQuest.

More than 200 children and adult leaders from across the South Georgia Conference gathered on Jekyll Island to learn more deeply how to worship, study God's Word, and understand what a relationship with Jesus really means.

“Seeing all the church vans and buses arrive at Camp Jekyll gave me goosebumps,” said Associate Director of Connectional Ministries Suzanne Akins. “We’ve had to hold plans loosely for so long that to be a part of it actually happening again was a gift from God.”

For nearly 20 years, Lynn Yost, Park Avenue United Methodist Church’s children’s director, has taken groups to KidzQuest. Missing last year’s event was difficult, she said, and her group was excited the event was back on.

“It was awesome; it was wonderful. We were all so happy,” said Yost, who took 26 children to the 2021 KidzQuest Children’s Retreat, which was held on Jekyll Island this year. “I think we appreciate everything we do now so much more.”

Derek Harrison, Tifton First United Methodist Church’s director of youth ministries, took a group of nine students to KidzQuest.

“What really draws me into KidzQuest is having the capability for our students to see the United Methodist Church together, seeing all these kids from all over the state come together in worship and experience that with others. We wouldn’t do that otherwise,” he said. “It’s been really fruitful and rewarding for our students.”

The retreat speaker, worship leader, and emcee all helped the children experience their faith and the love of God in new ways, he said.

“They came back (home) wanting to share with everybody,” Harrison said. “I think it was the first time they were really able to experience genuine worship with others. Our students really connected and wanted to dive into all that was being done.”

Yost said she continues to return to KidzQuest year after year for the experience the children have.

“It’s so well run. It’s put together with every detail thought of. The quality is top notch and what our children experience when they’re there and what they take with them from there is incredible. I’m so grateful and thankful that we have this resource.”

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