Retreats for Teenagers

UPDATE FOR 2021 RETREATS

Spring retreats have been happening in 2021, and this fall is going to have some powerful weekends. Registration for Fall Confirmation and the Fall Rooted retreats is now open. 

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, retreats will look a different this year, but that’s not stopping the fun!

***IMPORTANT CHANGES***

- Masks are REQUIRED for all participants in common areas. Please make sure every member of your group has a mask and is wearing it

- Cabins will consist of members from the same group, so please make sure your group has the proper number of chaperones. If you are having trouble securing the proper number of chaperones, please reach out to the Center for Congregational Excellence, and we will work with you to ensure Safe Sanctuary policies are met

- More information regarding specific procedures will be given after you are registered for the retreat

As we know, things continue to change the longer the pandemic persists. The Conference Office is working with Glisson to make this retreat season as safe, fruitful, and fun as possible, and we thank you for your willingness to adapt to any and all changes. See you in the Spring!

REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/SVLgxhbxb29Hu1Jc6

Retreats for Teenagers

The North Georgia Conference plans and leads retreats for teenagers throughout the year. The remarkable thing about these retreats is that they are an excellent opportunity for you, the leaders of your ministry, to focus on the relationships with your youth and leave the setup, administration, the planning - the basic "mechanics" of the retreat - to us. We use excellent speakers and leaders and have experience in planning and carrying out spiritually focused retreats. Each retreat has a special focus or theme and is planned with the priority of providing an environment for spiritual growth and a "working of the soil" in which the seeds of faith have been planted.

Take a look at the list of retreats and start making plans today for you and your youth to join us:

Campus Crawl(Due to necessary safety measures, there will be no Campus Crawl in 2021) - a retreat for high school students designed to introduce them to campus ministries, bring them to college campuses in Georgia (9 visits plus representations from 4 more), and help parents know the nuts and bolts of what's needed in the transition to college.

Confirmation Spring Retreat - (March 4-6, 2022) - focuses on the five vows United Methodists make when agreeing to follow Christ - prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. We also help the youth understand United Methodist polity - what it means to be a United Methodist, to be in a district and a conference, and how being a "connectional church" is a blessing.

Spiritual Life Retreats - (March 11-13, March 18-20, and March 25-27, 2022) - your choice of three weekends (the same retreat each weekend) with a guest speaker and band that leads worship as well as small groups to dig deeper in the message and understand how God is providing support and direction in the spiritual journey. Each year we have a different "theme" that directs these worship and small group times.

Youth Delegates to Annual Conference - (June) - Youth who are selected by their district as lay at-large delegates to Annual Conference (in Athens, GA) can participate in this delegation. We stay at the local Holiday Inn Express and spend each day on the floor as full voting delegates to Annual Conference. In the evenings there is worship and activities. It's a busy week of being connected. (Youth can only register for this event if chosen to be a delegate. Youth should contact their church or district office to find out more about being chosen to serve on the delegation.)

Confirmation Fall Retreat - (October 1-3, 2021) - focuses on building unity in your confirmation class and helping your confirmation students recognize how God has already been involved in their lives - even before they knew it. We help youth share their faith story and introduce them to the concept of prevenient grace.

Rooted Retreat - (October 8-10, 2021 and October 15-17, 2021) - a retreat focusing on the things that help our faith grow deep. Different than the Spiritual Life Retreat in the Spring, this one helps youth groups look even more at how they can be an integral part of nurturing the seeds of faith that are planted in the lives of teenagers.