Events in the South Georgia Conference – 7/18/2016 edition


Camp Connect: Elementary 3 – July 18-22
Join us this summer for the 2016 Summer Camps! Elementary Camps, intended for rising fourth through sixth graders, 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, crafts, games galore, hilarious morning shows, and evenings of 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 so you’ll need to pack your own bedding. Counselors are provided. Click here for more information and to register.

South Central District Lay Servant Training – July 30

Albany First UMC Celebrates 175 Years: “Celebrate” Service with Rev. Mike McAfee – Aug. 14 
This year marks the 175th year of Albany First United Methodist Church in downtown Albany. To commemorate the anniversary, the church has planned four Unified Services, featuring guest speakers and followed by a covered dish meal. The Unified Services have unique themes and the services start at 10:30 a.m. in the church’s sanctuary. The remaining series services include Aug. 14: “Engage” with Rev. Cindy Autry and Dec. 4: “Anticipate” with Dr. John Horton. Contact Beth O’Brien for more information at Albany First UMC is located at 307 Flint Ave., Albany, Ga.

Georgia Chapter PAUMCS Annual Conference – Aug. 18-21
The Georgia Chapter of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) is having their Annual Conference at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island on Aug. 18-21, 2016. All church secretaries, administrative assistants, financial secretaries, district secretaries, or those who work for United Methodist agencies are welcome to attend. Your position can be a paid or volunteer position. For more information and a registration form, visit or call Charlene Carr at (229) 382-6100 (at Tifton First United Methodist Church). Additional Information

Pathways – Aug. 20
Churches looking for new ideas, networking opportunities and practical, quality training for their pastors, parishioners, staff and leaders need look no further than the 2016 Pathways to Discipleship conference. Scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, the training event will offer participants dozens of workshops to choose from, each designed to help congregations become healthier and to fulfill the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. Visit for more information, including workshop descriptions and registration.

Peer Pastor Network: A Conversation about PASSION – Aug. 25 
Congregational Development and the Board of Ordained Ministry are teaming up to sponsor a Peer Pastor Network designed to foster key conversations around selected crucial concepts dealing with LEADERSHIP. These “conversations” are being held at strategic locations across the conference, and pastors are invited to participate in one or all of them. PLEASE NOTE: These conversations are specifically designed for LEADERS. Congregational Development will be offering a different series of conversations designed to address the specific needs of pastors serving congregations that need a chaplain more than they need a visionary leader. (Note: both Visionary Leaders and Compassionate Chaplains are needed and important.) The Aug. 25 PPN conversation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (includes lunch) at Pittman Park UMC in Statesboro and will be hosted by Rev. Bill Bagwell. Space is limited and will be given to those who register first. Click here to register

Warner Robins First UMC’s 75th Anniversary Celebration – Aug. 28
Save the date! Warner Robins First UMC will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 18 at its 10:30 a.m. worship service. Guest pastors Rev. Jimmy Duke and Rev. Tom Carruth will preach. Lunch will follow in Carter Hall. Lunch tickets need to be purchased in advance by calling 478-923-3737. Warner Robins First UMC is located at 205 North Davis Drive; Warner Robins, GA 31093. Visit them online at

Methodist Children's Home Work Day Offering – Sept. 18
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special Work Day Offering to support the ministry of The Methodist Home for Children and Youth. The Work Day Offering for the Methodist Home is a tradition from the 1900s, a time when people, mostly farmers, donated the equivalent of one day’s wages to the Methodist Home. Sometimes they would load a freight car with cotton or peanuts and send it to Macon. Today folks just use a calculator. The amount of the work day offering can be calculated quite simply: Divide your annual income by 365 (farmers didn’t take vacation days.) For example, if a person made $60,000 a year, it would be $60,000 divided by 365 = $164. Whether you give cotton or a check, be assured that your gift will bring hope and a new lease on life to the more than 400 children and families they serve every day. To learn more about this incredible ministry of our conference visit

KidzQuest – Sept. 23-25
KidzQuest is an annual fall weekend retreat for third through sixth grade students at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Sponsored by South Georgia's Connectional Ministries, KidzQuest offers a chance for children to take a break from school, spend time with friends, worship with church groups of all sizes and hear about the HOPE we have in Christ's unfailing love. Free time has been scheduled in to allow for groups to enjoy the island as well. Stay tuned for more information!