This year's KidzQuest retreat encourages students to walk by faith

8/22/2014

In his hit song, “Walk by Faith,” Jeremy Camp sings, “Would I believe you when you say, your hand will guide my every way, will I receive the words you say, every moment of every day.”

Written during a time of grief and loss, the lyrics are a declaration of Camp’s faith in God and in God’s unending faithfulness and love.

At this year’s KidzQuest retreat, set for Sept. 26-28 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, students will explore their own faith and learn how to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Designed for students in the third through sixth grades, this annual children’s retreat promises to encourage kids to live out their faith with hearts and eyes turned toward Jesus Christ.

During this year’s event, with the theme, “Walk by Faith,” kids will discover that, in the midst of uncertainties, God is always there to guide, protect and love. Just as God instructed Abraham to “... Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you …” (Genesis 12:1), God often calls his followers to trust him completely and follow him into new situations, into the unknown and out of their comfort zones.

“My prayer for this year's retreat is that everyone will be challenged to ‘talk the talk’ and ‘walk the walk,’” said Allison Lindsey, associate director of Connectional Ministries. “As Christians, we are called to trust, follow, obey, and have faith. Sometimes we must simply trust and step out in faith to follow Christ! If we step out and walk by faith, we trust and obey!

From high energy worship and fun games to enriching Bible studies and meaningful church time, KidzQuest offers children a chance to get away and experience God.

“What better way to experience the connection than with 500 kids and adults from all across South Georgia,” Lindsey said. “This event is a highlight for me each year!”

Back this year, worship leader Brent Weber will lead students into God’s presence with his energetic and interactive songs. A gifted children's and family worship leader and entertainer, Weber brings laughter, reflection, excitement and energy in experiencing Chris. He presents an engaging experience while combining interactive music, crazy stage games, concert devotionals, and even illusions in a way that captivates both kids and adults.

KidzQuest favorite Brandon Rushin, also known as “Hey Ya,” will emcee and entertain and delight attendees. He brings an energetic and contagious personality and his interactive and fun characters leave a lasting impression.

New to KidzQuest, Christian illusionist Brett A. Myers and his wife, Labrina, are talented and dynamic communicators who – whether making a real bowling ball appear on stage, visually restoring a torn newspaper, or causing sporadic weather changes – will teach and explain that everything they do is an illusion and that only God can perform real miracles. Their creativity and mind-blowing effects establishes credibility and, once that bridge of credibility is established, they creatively retell the story of redemption through a clear, direct, and effective presentation of the Gospel.

“Again this year we will have on-line resources for churches to use for church time and quiet time that complement our theme and scripture for the weekend, or churches can plan their own,” Lindsey said. “This retreat fills up fast so be sure and get your registration in early.”

KidzQuest is a Safe Sanctuaries compliant event. All adult chaperones must be Safe Sanctuaries certified. The cost for this event is $130 per person and includes programming, insurance, food, lodging and a t-shirt. For more information, contact event coordinator Suzanne Akins at suzanne@sgaumc.com, Allison Lindsey at (912) 393-5524, or visit www.sgaumc.org/kidzquest to download a brochure and to register. Deadline for registration is September 19, 2014.