Children & Youth Workers

WHO: Full-time & part-time youth workers at South Georgia Conference UMC churches

WHAT: A one-night getaway in a beautiful location with like-minded counterparts from across our conference

WHERE: Little Ocmulgee State Park, Helena, GA: a central location to minimize driving and maximize community 

WHEN: Thursday, January 21st at 2:00pm through Friday, January 22, 2021 at noon.

WHY: It has been a year unlike any we've ever had. Your job has changed drastically. Your students got used to being away from church. You're trying to walk your kids through a crisis that you've never had to navigate. And it's been hard. For all of us.

We need each other - people who are walking in our exact shoes.

We need truth - people to speak into us what God is AND CAN DO in the middle of all of this. 

We need hope - people coming together to worship; to reset; to learn; to encourage; to dream...again.



Housing for the 1-night event will be in the Lodge Rooms at Little Ocmulgee State Park. They are spacious, clean, and will have 2 double beds in each. We will only place 2 people per room (temps recorded & COVID question procedures will come 2 days prior to the event and day-of). Roommate requests will be accepted.



Only 30 spots are available to maintain safe social distancing for this retreat. The fee for the event is $90 and will cover the cost of a 1-night stay in a Lodge Room at Little Ocmulgee State Park as well as dinner on the 21st and breakfast on the 22nd. Programming costs will be handled by the Conference. Click here to register.

Refund Policy: We're in the midst of a pandemic and we know you can get quarantined at the drop of a hat. Because of that, we are going to be very lenient with our refund policy. Our hope is to fill any cancelled registrations from the waiting list prior to the retreat. For cancellations the week of the event, a total refund less $25.00 (non-refundable deposit) will be given. To make notice of cancellation or change, you must make it in writing to suzanne@sgaumc.com.



Michael & Ally Christianson have been in ministry together since the day they married. Michael served in youth ministry for 10 years and has been leading worship for almost 20 at The Chapel Ministries in Brunswick, GA. Ally is the founding director of Hope 1312 Collective and works to unite churches in the common vision of rewriting stories of hope for children and youth. We're excited to have them both lead us in our time of teaching and worship. 



Thursday, January 21, 2021

2:00-3:00 Arrival
4:00 Opening gathering
5:45 Dinner
6:45 Session 1: Soul Care
9:00 Worship

Friday, January 22, 2021

7:00 Optional Hike (2.6 mile loop), fishing, bike ride
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Community Groups
10:15 Session 2: What does ministry look like in the after-effects of COVID? 
12:00 Check out - lunch on your own



For more information, contact Suzanne Akins, Associate Director, Connectional Ministries at suzanne@sgaumc.com or call (912) 638-8626 ext 107.


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