Retreat for 4th, 5th and 6th graders to be March 17-18, 2017


Exit 456, an overnight retreat for 4th, 5th and 6th graders, will be March 17-18, 2017, at Sumatanga.

This annual retreat sponsored by the North Alabama Conference is designed to aid local churches in their ministry to tweens. It can serve as a retreat for a confirmation class or simply as a tween retreat. The event features dynamic speakers, worship experiences and games. 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.

The 2017 theme is “More” based on the scripture “He must increase and I must decrease.” (John 3:30, CEB). The Exit 456 planning team is organizing the event around the following: Have you done something you wish you could change? You can't go back but you can start over. During Exit 456 we will learn more. Such as how no matter where we are at on our journey we can all Do More, Serve More, Share More, Love More, Give More.

This year’s speakers include

  • Kristi Edwards, Director of Youth Ministry at Pell City First United Methodist Church
  • Linda Holland, Director of Connectional Ministries and Leadership Development for the North Alabama Conference
  • Andy Yarnell, Associate Pastor of Southside United Methodist Church
  • Skip Bondur Director of Outreach of REVOLT Ministries
  • Jeff Moore,  Director of Youth Ministries at Helena United Methodist Church

The cost of EXIT 456 includes lodging at Camp Sumatanga, three meals, all snacks and a t-shirt, The cost through midnight February 15, 2017, is $75 per person.  After this date, the cost will increase to $85 per person. Registration will close at midnight February 28, 2017, to allow time for food and t-shirts to be ordered.  No new registrations will be received after this date.

Each church is responsible for providing chaperones for their group. According to the North Alabama Conference policy the ratio of chaperones to students is: 1:7 for this age group.

For more information and to register your group go to

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