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North Georgia United Methodists Arrive in Athens

6/9/2014
(Photo of Young Adult Coffee House attendees by Rev. Joseph McBrayer) Monday, June 9, members of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church began once again to converge at the Classic Center in Athens for its Annual Conference Session. Many of the expected 2,000 attendees took advantage of afternoon registration and attended pre-conference meals and meetings, including the Deacon's Dinner, Covenant Bible Study leader training, and the annual Young Adult Coffee House.  "I pray ...



Growing Places: The Power of Camp Ministry on the Go

10/16/2013
Imagine pulling into the local United Methodist church in your neck of the woods (or city).   As you turn into your typical parking spot, something catches your eye. Either that’s the biggest squirrel you’ve ever seen or there’s a kid 25 feet up in that tree! Further scanning reveals a helmet, a harness, a rope, and a team of belayers below shouting up words of encouragement. Just then something soars in and out of your peripheral vision and “Whap!” You turn to look down that ever-empty ...

A Record-Breaking Summer for Camp and Retreat Ministries

8/12/2013
Camp ministry programs served 2,860 children and youth in 2013 After nine incredible weeks, we are celebrating another summer full of campfires, creek hikes, and zip lines ... of swimming, kayaking, and climbing ... of singing together, learning new skills, and growing closer to God and one another.   We're excited to share that our 89th summer was our best-attended season on record! North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries served 2,860 children and youth between Grow Day Camps, the Experiential...

Glisson Dining Hall Needs Your Support: Pledge by September 13

8/12/2013
With $700,000 by Sept. 13th the dining hall can be ready for Summer 2015 "He said that the minister (Theologan in Residence) changed his life. He mentioned his great counselor, but I was happily surprised to hear him tell me about the minister. He said, 'I was able to understand her and now I know why God made me.'"  - 2013 parent    Life-changing experiences like these have been going on at Glisson for generations. As we turn the page toward our 90th summer, we're staring down a crossroads for ...

United Methodists Send First Chaplain to Hike the Appalachian Trail

4/4/2013
Josh Lindamood began a 2,200 mile journey this week, hiking the Appalachian trail as a roving United Methodist chaplain. His journey began at Springer Mountain in Georgia and will finish six months from now at Mount Katahdin in Maine. By Annette Spence Twenty-six year old Josh Lindamood begins a 2,200 mile journey April 4, hiking the Appalachian trail as a roving United Methodist chaplain. His journey begins at Springer Mountain in Georgia and will finish six months from now at Mount Katahdin ...

ELI Participate Hannah Pressey Makes a Difference at Her Church

3/4/2013
Meet Hannah Pressey. After participating in Camping and Retreat Ministries' ELI program in 2011, Hannah played a large role in rejuvenating her church's children's ministry.   "Her enthusiasm and skill from what she brought back from Glisson lit a fire under many adults who had grown weary and discouraged. ... Now the children's ministry program is not short on help, funds, or children," said Hannah's mother, Ann, about her daughters experience.  The Experiential Leadership Institute Program is ...

Glisson benefactors step up to support new dining facility

2/16/2013
By GLENN HANNIGAN       It is a matter of simple math. If you are going to feed the multitudes, you need a place for multitudes to sit. Of course, for the increasing throngs which convene regularly at Camp Glisson, there is no physical way to serve all the guests at the same time in the outdated and overwhelmed dining hall. Meals are often served in shifts.       What else can you do when you have 400 guests and a dining hall with a capacity of 170?       “We pack in as many people as the fire ...

Glisson Summer Camp Registration Opens Dec. 1

11/30/2012
For 88 straight summers United Methodist churches and families have been sending their children and youth to Glisson for summer camp. The reason? Christian camping contributes uniquely to the development of the whole child: helping campers grow spiritually, learn new skills, develop social skills, increase self-confidence, experience Christian community, and develop leadership.  Summer camp registration for UMC members begins December 1st. Provide the children and youth in your life with a ...

Introducing ELI: A new leadership opportunity for youth and young adults

10/10/2012
“Practice makes perfect”... and yet when teaching critical life lessons to youth and young adults about faith and leadership, we often forget that the classroom isn’t where most of us learned how to follow Jesus or be a leader. Whether as campers or staff campers, camp offers an experiential setting where we can try out what we’ve learned. Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries offers a range of leadership opportunities for rising 11th graders through college seniors. These experiences comprise ...

Q&A with camp director Russell Davis

9/22/2012
On  Aug. 1, Russell Davis began his new role as Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries for the North Georgia Annual Conference. The North Georgia Advocate recently posed questions to Davis about his new role and the vision for camping ministry. NGA: In 2010, the Annual Conference endorsed a vision to significantly expand camping opportunities in North Georgia. What is your long term plan for implementing this vision? Davis: The vision endorsed in 2010 is to double the number of campers we ...

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