Travel opportunities for clergy and laity


   In recent years the North Georgia Conference has offered special travel opportunities to clergy and laity. Bishop Mike Watson believes that "shared time with fellow servants from the conference exploring our biblical roots is an extremely valuable experience."

      Bishop and Mrs. Watson invite you to join them on two additional travel opportunities in 2011: Wesley Heritage, June 19-28 and the Western Mediterranean cruise including Spain, Portugal, and Morocco October 16-27.
      The Wesley Heritage pilgrimage will explore our roots in England, the home of John and Charles Wesley and the birth of the Methodist Movement. You will visit Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral where John Wesley often worshipped. Your time in London will also include visits to City Road Chapel, the site of Wesley’s home and grave, and Bunhill Fields Cemetery where Susannah Wesley and many other famous people are buried. You will walk along Aldersgate Street where John Wesley had his “warming of the heart” experience.
      After time at the New Room in Bristol, the oldest Methodist building in the world, you will walk to the home of Charles Wesley. You will visit the small church of St. Mary de Crypt in Gloucester, home of George Whitefield and Robert Raikes, founder of the Sunday School movement. Other special stops on this trip will include St. Andrews Church at Epworth and the Old Rectory where the Wesley brothers spent the early years of life. Christ Church College at Oxford University, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the charming villages of the Cotswold, as well as many other places, will add to your experience.
     Deadline for registration and full payment is March 6.
     The Western Mediterranean Cruise includes seven ports of call where you can enjoy many wonderful scenic and historic sites. A special bonus during the cruise is the opportunity to hear Bishop Will Willimon lecture on Christ in Art with an emphasis on Spanish art and history.
     Ports of call include Malaga, Granada, Cadiz, Valencia, and Barcelona Spain as well as Casablanca, Morocco and Savona, French Riviera. There may be an opportunity to learn more about the work of the Methodist Church in Spain and Portugal.
       The Costa Luminosa, one of the newest and most luxurious ships in the fleet of Costa Cruise Lines will be your home for this exciting journey. Conde Nast Traveler named Costa one of the top ten cruise lines.  Pre-Tours to Milan and Paris and Post-Tours to Madrid are also offered. Deadline for registration and full payment is June 18.
      For brochures and more information on either of these travel opportunities, contact Dr. Jamie Jenkins (, 678-533-1372) or Rev. Jim Mitchell (, 770-438-6280).