KidzQuest offers kids messy fun, spiritual truths


“The kids at our church look forward to this event every year and even try to figure out ways to come past sixth grade. It is such a blessing!” - St. Marys UMC chaperone

KidzQuest, the annual children’s retreat sponsored by South Georgia’s Connectional Ministries, is getting “Messy” Sept. 23 – 25 at Epworth By The Sea. The theme, taken from Psalm 40:1-3, will show students in third through sixth grades that God truly will lift them out of the pits, the mucky mud, and the mire as they put their trust in the Lord.

Part of getting “Messy” this year will include a Color Run (*brand new) through the grounds of Epworth on Saturday afternoon as well as ooey gooey late night games. 

KidzQuest’s favorite emcee, Brandon “Hey Ya!” Rushin, is back again to thrill audiences with his candy throwing, music thumping, chair standing, high energy antics that will get each worship session started. It will be loud, guaranteed fun for all. 

Jesse Joyner, the weekend’s speaker and entertainer, is a master juggler and a captivating storyteller. With experience as a children’s pastor, he’s adept at teaching the Gospel in levels of understanding that are fun and memorable, albeit unusual. 

An engaging singer and performer, Jagee Melton will be back again to interact with the children through songs and motions. Having led worship with one of KidzQuest’s favorite, Uncle Charlie, for many years, Melton understands the age group and blends high energy and worshipful music in the most authentic way. 

A workshop on Saturday will be offered for all children’s workers in attendance to network across the South Georgia Conference, find out what others are doing in children’s ministry, and walk away with resources to enhance your ministry. All children will be in a workshop with the Camp Connect summer staff during this time.

Online registration is available through Sept. 16 or until the retreat reaches maximum capacity (500 participants). Churches will register as a group and the cost for this event is $130 per person which includes programming, insurance, food, lodging, and a t-shirt. 

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Adult chaperones with Safe Sanctuary certification must be provided by each church group. For more information, contact Event Coordinator Suzanne Akins at or (912) 638-8626 ext 107.

More information can also be found on the KidzQuest website: