2015 KidzQuest retreat helps students stay anchored in Christ


In the midst of fierce storms, anchors hold boats in place, keeping the relentless waves from smashing the vessels onto the shore.

Just as boats need anchors, so do we need anchors to hold us secure in our spiritual lives.

At this year’s KidzQuest retreat, set for Oct. 2 through Oct. 4 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, students will dive into God’s word to learn how to be anchored in the hope of Jesus Christ.

Designed for students in the third through sixth grades, this annual children’s retreat will encourage kids to stay on course and focus on their relationship with Jesus. The theme, “Anchored,” pulled from Hebrews 6:19 which says, “We have this hope as an anchor for our soul, firm and secure,” will be woven throughout the large group sessions, devotions, and church- time materials. 

“For more than 10 years, KidzQuest has provided a place for churches of all sizes to come together and experience a fall retreat tailored just for this younger age group,” said Event Coordinator Suzanne Akins. “The children bring such high energy and a desire to be a part of everything which makes this event so much fun!”

Sponsored by South Georgia’s Connectional Ministries, KidzQuest offers a chance for children to take a break from school, spend time with friends, worship with church groups of all sizes and hear about the hope they have in Christ’s unfailing love. Free time has also been included in the schedule to allow groups to enjoy St. Simons Island’s amenities and activities. 

Worship leader Jagee Melton will lead students into God’s presence with her fun, high-energy, contemporary songs. Melton uses music to teach biblical truth and helps kids express their hearts to Jesus.

A KidzQuest favorite, Brandon Rushin, also known as “Hey Ya,” will emcee and entertain attendees. He brings an energetic, contagious personality and his interactive and fun characters leave a lasting impression.

By combining the art of illusion, escapes, ballooning and comedy along with the Gospel, speaker and entertainer Keith Coast will create an unforgettable experience. Coast believes that Christians should have more fun than anyone else because of the joy they have in Christ. It’s always easier to share the love of the Lord with a smile, and Coast specializes in making smiles.

KidzQuest is a Safe Sanctuaries compliant event. All adult chaperones must be Safe Sanctuaries certified. The cost for this event is $130 per person and includes programming, insurance, food, lodging and a t-shirt. Churches will register as a group and payment is required within seven days. For more information, contact event coordinator Suzanne Akins at suzanne@sgaumc.com, Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com, or visit www.sgaumc.org/kidzquest to register online. Deadline for registration is September 25, 2015.