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Fall Rooted and Confirmation Retreats help strengthen your youth in faith and discipleship

You know that a retreat is one of the best ways to strengthen relationships and unity in your youth ministry, right?

Wouldn't it be great to take your youth on a fall retreat in the next few months? The difficulty is - you're awfully busy already and would love to trust a retreat that will do it all for you so you can focus on what's really important - spending time with your youth and strengthening those relationships between the youth and the adult leaders and Christ.

Well, the North Georgia Conference has planned retreats for you so you can do just that.

Registration is still open for the Fall Confirmation Retreat (September 29 thru October 1) and the Rooted Retreats (October 6-8 for weekend 1 and October 13-15 weekend 2). Each retreat is packed with activities and experiences to help your youth learn and grow in faith as well as offering more opportunity for leaders to actually spend time with their youth instead of fussing over logistics involved in planning and running a retreat.

To find out about these two retreats and register your group now, click on ...

Confirmation Retreat Info and Registration

Rooted Retreat Info and Registration

ALSO: Registration is now open for SLR 2018 in March. Take a look at the info at http://www.ngumc.org/spiritualliferetreats

Have you contacted the campus ministry of your college freshmen yet?

It's an easy thing to forget: you said "goodbye" to your graduated seniors last spring and are now focused on the incoming middle schoolers, but wouldn't it be important to hand over the baton of your ministry to those who can speak into the spiritual lives of your graduated seniors? 

It won't take long to hand your list of last year's seniors over to a church volunteer and ask him or her to get in touch with the United Methodist campus ministries of each of those past youth. Do this:

  1. Generate the list of who graduated last year with phone numbers and names of parents.
  2. Find one, two, or three adults who will contact each of those parents by phone (email will take too long, unfortunately) and ask what the plans are for their student this year. If the son or daughter is going away to college, ask the address and email. Ask if it is alright to pass that information off to the head of the campus ministry there at the college or university.
  3. Contact the campus ministry by clicking here and filling out the form for each student. You don't even have to contact the school. This site does all that.
  4. Keep the list of who is going where and send out a care package to each campus - to the campus ministry offices - and then tell the youth they can pick up their care package at the next campus ministry event. (shameless manipulation, yes)

Statistics tell us that if a new student doesn't get involved in some sort of faith community in the first two weeks at college then it is most likely he or she won't be involved in any faith community while away at school. Campus ministries will appreciate the attention you take with this and find ways to keep their connection with you and your congregation.

You can find the Georgia campus ministry connections at http://www.umcommission.org/

 

  

 North Georgia Conference Youth Ministry Resources

Find information, opportunities, events, and advice on youth ministry in the North Georgia Conference at www.ngumc.org/youth. (Hint: Fall Confirmation Retreat and Bridges Summer Mission Trip to the Bahamas are good places to start.)

 Opportunities for Youth at Lake Junaluska 
Whitewater rafting and zipline packages available - All inclusive packages.  For more information call 800-222-4930 or visitwww.lakejunaluska.com/rafting.