Events in the South Georgia Conference – 6/26/2018 edition

6/25/2018

Golden Cross Sunday – July 1
Golden Cross began in 1908 with the commitment of Methodists in Dallas, Texas to provide the first health care to persons who could not afford it. They began to receive offerings for the expenses of the poor patients at Methodist Hospital in that city. By 1930, the concept was officially adopted throughout the predecessor denominations of The United Methodist Church. Today, Golden Cross is a ministry that reaches out in love to the laity in our Annual Conference who are experiencing financial difficulty due to excessive medical expenses. Through Golden Cross, United Methodists care for members of our local churches in time of emotional stress and financial need. The South Georgia Conference has designated the first Sunday of July to be the Sunday to receive a special offering for Golden Cross. Each church is asked to observe Golden Cross Sunday to receive an offering and send it to the conference treasurer. Click here for information about Golden Cross Sunday.
 
Camp Connect: Elementary Camp 1 – July 9-13
Elementary Camps, intended for rising 4th-5th grade students, are filled with a week’s worth of fun activities and opportunities to grow closer to Christ though daily worship, Bible study, and fellowship.  Campers will enjoy the beach, pool, art, games galore, hilarious morning shows, and evenings of campwide games and worship. All camps are held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island and will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday and conclude at 11 a.m. on Friday (no lunch will be provided on Friday). Campers will stay in a cabin for the week. Counselors are provided. Visit www.campconnectumc.org for all the details. Contact the Office of Connectional Ministries at (912) 638-8626 with any questions.
 
Mission u – July 12-15
Mission u, the mission education event of the South Georgia Conference, will be held July 12 through July 15, 2018, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The annual event is co-sponsored by the conference United Methodist Women and the conference Outreach team.
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Camp Connect: Elementary Camp 2 – July 16-20
Elementary Camps, intended for rising 4th-5th grade students, are filled with a week’s worth of fun activities and opportunities to grow closer to Christ though daily worship, Bible study, and fellowship.  Campers will enjoy the beach, pool, art, games galore, hilarious morning shows, and evenings of campwide games and worship. All camps are held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island and will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday and conclude at 11 a.m. on Friday (no lunch will be provided on Friday). Campers will stay in a cabin for the week. Counselors are provided. Visit www.campconnectumc.org for all the details. Contact the Office of Connectional Ministries at (912) 638-8626 with any questions.
 
Georgia United Methodist Pastors’ School – July 16-19
The 2018 Georgia Pastors' School is set for July 16-19 and will focus on “Inside Out Church: Engaging Your Community in Mission.” A detailed schedule of topics and speakers can be found at www.georgiapastorsschool.org/2018schedule. Georgia Pastors' School provides inspiration, education, fellowship, fun and relaxation for North and South Georgia clergy and their families. The school is supported by the tuition of attendees, an endowment established by the board of managers, an annual gift from the North Georgia Conference, and the generous contributions of our sponsors who provide refreshments during breaks and fellowship times. The school is managed by pastors for pastors from both the North and South Georgia Conferences. Active and retired United Methodist clergy and their families are cordially invited to experience this combination of continuing education and personal renewal. All of the details can be found at www.georgiapastorsschool.org.
 
Sexual Ethics Workshop – July 20
Dr. Karen McClintock, a United Methodist minister, author, and psychologist specializing in Clergy Sexual Ethics and Issues of Misconduct, will lead a one-day workshop for clergy focused on new ways to bring grace into your life, your theology, and your congregation. The workshop is set for Friday, July 20, in the Nalls Building at Epworth By The Sea from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cost is $60 and includes lunch. This workshop qualifies South Georgia clergy for five hours of Sexual Ethics Training and is good for four years. Click here for more information on this workshop as well as the dates for the 2018-2019 Sexual Ethics Workshops. 
 
Christian Education Sunday – Aug. 19
Christian Education Sunday “calls the Church as the people of God to be open to growth and learning as disciples of Jesus Christ.”
 
Pathways – Aug. 25
Churches looking for new ideas, networking opportunities and practical, quality training for their pastors, parishioners, staff and leaders need look no further than this year’s Pathways leadership training event. Scheduled for Saturday, August 25 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, the training event will offer participants more than 30 workshops to choose from, each designed to help congregations become healthier and to fulfill the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. The event will begin with a time of worship and gathering time around creativity in ministry. The training, which starts at 9:30 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m., features workshops on a variety of subjects, from children and youth-focused workshops to spiritual discipline workshops to those focused on missions and outreach. The design team urges local church leaders to carpool to the event to minimize travel costs and to maximize the benefits of the day by continuing the learning conversation during the return trip. The conference cost $25 per person. A boxed lunch from Chick-fil-A is included in the registration fee. Safe Sanctuaries compliant childcare is available for newborn to fifth-grade children at a cost of $10 per child which covers the cost of their lunch. Pre-registration is required for childcare. .5 CEU credits are available for this event. For questions, contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com.