Exit 456 sets attendance record and encourages tweens to seek their identity in Christ


EXIT 456, the North Alabama Conference’s annual retreat for “tweens” (4th-6th graders), was March 9-10, 2018, at Camp Sumatanga. This year’s retreat involved a record number of participants — 471 from 33 different churches in North Alabama and one church from the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

The Exit 456 retreat is designed to aid local churches in ministry to tweens. It can serve as a retreat for confirmands or simply as a tween retreat. The worship and teaching times are designed so that 4th-6th graders can attend for three years and enjoy a new, exciting experience each year.

This year’s theme was “Identity” based on the theme verse of Galatians 2:20. During the event tweens listened to five different talks about how they were "Made in God's Image" and wonderfully and uniquely created. They were challenged and encouraged to seek their identity in Christ rather than the world.

Glory sightings from the weekend include the following:

  • 54 students made a first time decisions to follow Jesus or to recommit their lives. 
  • A love offering raised $750 for this year’s Annual Conference Special Offering for Ethnic Ministries

Exit 456 Team Leader Mike Arnold says, “The Exit 456 team would like to thank Camp Sumatanga for the great hospitality and all the churches who prayed for the retreat prior as well as during the event. We are already looking forward to 2019 when we will get ‘Messy’ for Jesus.”

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