By Ansley Brackin
The first North Georgia Conference Children’s Retreat, Walk In It, was held at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center, September 11-13th, 2015. The camp welcomed over 350 children, 3rd-6th grade, and leaders to Dahlonega for a weekend of listening, seeking, and walking with God.
Friday began with worship where the campers were joined by North Georgia’s Coordinator of Vocational Discernment, Rev. Tonya Lawrence. She assured the children and their leaders that God was a friend to all and is always listening and ready to talk with those in need.
“Here I am, Lord,” she quoted from Samuel, who wished to receive a message from God. “Speak for your servant is listening.”
Monday morning, Rev. Blair Zant of Cannon UMC told campers that seeking God is a lot like playing hide and seek with her 2 year old daughter.
“God loves you and cannot wait for you to find Him,” She said. “So close your eyes, count to ten, and then pray, with all your heart: "Ready or not, God, here I come!"
The afternoon consisted of a collection of favorite Glisson activities, including group games on the ball field, visiting the falls, and hikes. Kids and leaders alike were also invited to swing, climb the alpine tower, and slide down the zip line on the high elements course.
After dinner, campers enjoyed Singing on the Porch before having free time to rock in the rocking chairs, spend time with their group, or participate in a prayer walk that ended at the lake’s outdoor amphitheater. The theater hosted Saturday evening’s message with Rev. Brian Tillman of Johns Creek UMC, who reminded the crowd of young worshipers that God is not there to squash people for their sins, but to encourage everyone to be kind and be the best they can be.
Each evening ended with quite time in their cabins for prayer and devotion.
Sunday morning Rev. Mike Selleck, Director of Connectional Ministries, spoke on how to walk with God and closed with the serving of communion.
Worship music throughout the weekend was lead by Chuck Bell and the Glisson alumni. Many leaders and volunteers were United Methodist Young Adults and Glisson staff.
Dates for the next children’s retreat will be announced shortly. For more information contact Debby Fox.