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Discovery Weekend

January 11-13, 2019

Camp Sumatanga

Discovery Weekend

Discovery Weekend is an immersive spiritual formation retreat for middle school youth, in which high school youth take on significant leadership roles.  This year our retreat will take place at Camp Sumatanga on Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13.  ALL youth are invited to participate!

Our retreat this year will include in a Prayer Service on Saturday evening at Camp Sumatanga, during which each youth will be blessed and prayed for by name.  It is a deeply meaningful time for our participating youth, and parents, family, and friends are all encouraged to attend. 

Registration deadline is Sunday, December 30, 2018

Cost is $100 per youth.  This covers all meals, lodging, programming, and transportation. Checks may be made to Highlands UMC with "Discovery" in the memo line and dropped in the offering plate, mailed to the church office at 1045 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205, or hand delivered with your youth when the arrive for the weekend.  If the cost of this weekend is prohibitive to your child attending, please contact Mary Elizabeth Neal for confidential scholarship opportunities.

Important Dates and Times:

Starting now:

  • Letters for youth: Each Discovery Weekend, youth receive a package of letters written by family, friends, and church members as encouragement and support in their spiritual journey. Parents can help out by identifying a few important people in your youth's life and asking them to write a letter. Mary Elizabeth Neal will be collecting letters throughout January. Parents may also bring letters when youth are dropped off.

Sunday, November 18:

  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. - Senior High Meeting at Woodlawn UMC - IT IS VITAL THAT ALL SENIOR HIGH YOUTH ATTEND THIS MEETING, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE!

  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. - Youth Group Meeting

Sunday, January 6:

  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. - Senior High Only Meeting at Highlands UMC - IT IS VITAL THAT ALL SENIOR HIGH YOUTH ATTEND THIS MEETING, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE!

Friday, January 11:

  • 4:15 p.m. - High School Leaders depart from Highlands for Camp Sumatanga

  • 6:00 p.m. - Middle School participants depart from Highlands for Camp Sumatanga

Saturday, January 12:

  • 7:00-9:30 p.m. - Prayer Service at Camp Sumatanga

Sunday, January 13:

  • Noon - Youth return to Highlands UMC to be picked up by parents


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How much does the weekend cost? $100 per youth. Checks may be made to Highlands UMC with "Discovery" in the memo line and dropped in the offering plate, mailed to the church office at 1045 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205, or hand delivered with your youth when the arrive for the weekend.

  • May my child leave the weekend for a sporting event/family obligation/etc. and return at a later time? May my child arrive for the weekend on Saturday morning? Yes, however due to the full weekend schedule it is highly discouraged. If your child must arrive late or leave and return, a parent or guardian must provide transportation.

  • Will youth have access to their cell phones during the weekend? During the weekend, one of our goals is to build community with all the youth away from the normal distractions that they encounter each day. As such, we would prefer that cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices be left at home. Electronic devices that are brought to the weekend will be collected and stored in a secure location. Cell service and wifi connections are extremely limited at Camp Sumantanga.

  • Can my child bring friends? YES, absolutely! Please have their friends' parents register them below.

  • What does my child need for the weekend? Packing list will be sent closer to weekend.

  • I don't see my question in this list. Call or text Mary Elizabeth at 205-275-2893 or email maryelizabeth@highlandsumc.net


Registration:

Registration deadline is December 30, 2018!

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