Epworth By The Sea Sponsored Events

You are cordially invited to participate in these events.

*The Georgia Legislature and Governor Nathan Deal have approved a $5 motel fee that is applied to every rented motel/hotel room per night, effective July 1, 2015. This is an additional fee that must be collected by Epworth By The Sea.

* = Epworth Sponsored Events



November 15-17, 2017

***Turner Lodge is now full at this time, but we are accepting reservations in the Robertson Inn***

Encounter is a weekend retreat designed for 6th - 12th grade students where everyone will ENCOUNTER God, and each in a very unique way. This retreat will offer passionate worship, relevant Bible study and a fun time together at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island.

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January Adventure

January 12-14, 2018

This Too is the Path:
Reimagining the Traditional and Reclaiming the Perennial

January Adventure is where thinking about your faith and the Church and learning about Jesus, the Scripture and Christianity may change your life! It's a conference in Emerging Christianity.

Epworth Housing is full at this time. We are no longer accepting reservations.

*SEJ Cabinet Consultation

January 23-26, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean (Princeton Theological Seminary),
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Bishop in Residence: Bishop Kenneth Carter, Jr. (Florida Conference)
Worship: Derrick Scott III (Campus to City Wesley Foundation and the CCW Band),
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Theme: The Church as a Missional Incubator: How to Turn Hare-Brained Ideas into Sustainable Ministries without Losing Your Soul (or Your Shirt)

Description: Millennials’ “entrepreneurial spirit” extends to their religious lives as well, evidenced in the ways young people search for new forms of meaning and purpose outside the church. In the ancient and monastic worlds, this entrepreneurial quest led young people into the church, not out of it. Nobody wants to go back in time—yet it serves us well to remember that once churches were their communities’ most important hubs of creativity. Our work together will seek to recover the church's innovative DNA for mission. We’ll meet some ministries that have successfully leveraged Christian tradition's ancient connection to innovation to become significant spiritual and creative hubs—and we’ll launch a process to help your congregation leverage tools like design thinking and other contemporary creative processes to spur missional innovation and entrepreneurial ministries in your community.

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*Winter Conference

January 28-31, 2018

Our theme will be “Alive Together in Worship” as we seek to discover new ways to create vibrant and intimate worship experiences.

Bishop James Swanson and our own South Georgia Bishop, Lawson Bryan, will participate in leading the conference. Dr. Ben Witherington, III, Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, will be the Bible teacher.



*Saint Simons Island Storytelling Festival

February 17-19, 2018

Storytellers: Donald Davis, Kevin Kling, Kim Weitkamp and Andy Offutt Irwin
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Storytelling Agenda

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*Senior Adult Vacation Bible School

May 21-24, 2018

“Teach Me Simple Things”
Featuring storyteller, humorist, musician and folk theologian Ed Kilbourne

Senior Adult Vacation Bible School is not your children’s VBS. Senior Adult VBS is an event for those whose life experiences have led them to seek new and refreshing approaches to living and learning. Come to Epworth for 4 days of programs and activities that will open the eyes of your heart. Join Ed Kilbourne as he uses his unique gifts to explore the stories of the Gospel and the teachings of Christ.

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Grown Up Summer Camp

June 22 – 24, 2018

Explore numerous activities St. Simons Island has to offer for relaxation, education and FUN! Enjoy a shrimp boat cruise; join the beach patrol looking for turtle hatchlings returning to the sea; go seining and enjoy a bonfire with storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin.

Mark Twain Meets Francis Asbury

July 26 – 29, 2018

A workshop of homiletics, humor and storytelling led by professional national award winning storytellers Bil Lepp and Andy Offutt Irwin.

Autumn Adventures

September 17 -20, 2018

Island Hopping to Sapelo, Amelia and Cumberland Islands
Tour the Gullah Geechee community on Sapelo. Take a guided walking tour of Amelia Island’s historic north end and cruise on a private charter up Beach Creek for a close up look of Cumberland Island’s National Seashore.

Epworth By The Sea reserves the right to change or substitute any part of scheduled program activities. For program details contact Donna at 912-638-8688 or email at dchisholm@epworthbythesea.org to request additional information and to be placed on our mailing address list for future events.