Theotokos retreats offer participants a "capstone" event -- or discipleship launching pad! -- in the Confirmation journey, in which Confirmands and their adult leaders experience the United Methodist Connection and get to learn about and reflect on biblical stories of call, their own story, what it means to follow Jesus, the "priesthood of believers" (giftedness and ministry of each in the Kingdom work of the Body of Christ), and the vows of Covenant Membership (prayer, presence, gifts, service, witness).
The inaugural Hinton Theotokos Confirmation Retreat will be on weekends in March 2022 at Hinton Rural Life Center, a United Methodist retreat and mission outreach agency in Hayesville, NC. Hinton is located in the Appalachian Mountains and is about two hours from Asheville, Atlanta, Greenville, and Chattanooga.
Theotokos retreats are for youth participating in United Methodist Confirmation, their leaders (clergy and laity), and other accompanying adults. Although youth as young as 6th graders may participate, the Theotokos retreat will be more meaningful for older youth, recommending that participants be in 7th grade or older.
Theotokos retreats are designed to support and complement the Confirmation ministries of local United Methodist congregations, who are the faith communities, “God families,” and key disciple makers of young people.