Friday November 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM EST
Sunday November 12, 2017 at 10:30 AM EST

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Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center
Harrell Center Auditorium
710 N Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

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Leslie Butters
Intentional Growth Center

Our other Confirmation Retreat Weekend dates are:

  • March 3 - 5 with Andy Lambert
  • March 10 - 12 with Duffy Robbins
  • March 24 - 26 with Duffy Robbins
  • March 31 - Apr. 2 with Shawn Winburn
  • April 21 - 23 with Carolyn Poling *
  • November 10 - 12 with Carolyn Poling

* This weekend will have tracks designed especially for high school seniors preparing for them to keep their faith strong as they head off to college.

The typical schedule is:

Friday 8:00 PM Plenary Worship & 1st session
8:30 PM Leader's Orientation during       worship
Saturday 8:00 AM: Morning worship & 2nd session
9:00 AM  Mini-workshops
12:00 PM - Lunch 
1:30 PM TeamBuilding, museum tours 
5:30 - Dinner
7:30 Worship and 3rd session
Sunday 8:45 AM Morning worship & 4th session, commissioning  and communion 
10:30 Sending Forth



IGC Confirmation Retreat Weekend #7

November 10 - 12, 2017 with Carolyn Poling

In the United Methodist Church, Confirmation refers to the intentional commitment that a person makes to respond to God's grace, publicly reaffirming their baptismal vows before the congregation. The focus of our weekend is to provide tools to youth that will help them understand their promise of Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, and Witness

The focus of the retreat weekend will be enhanced with mini-workshops to address the importance of:

Learning the spiritual disciplines, like Prayer, in developing a converstaional relationship with God.  Being Present in the life of the church. Exploring what the Bible says about Gifts, and why it's important to tithe as a joyful expression of faith. 

 Figuring out what talents God has given you, what you are passionate about, and how you can put them into the Service of others and reflecting the spirit of Jesus through your life as a Witness because of your faith.

Tour the World Methodist Museum where youth willl discover more about John Wesley, and the roots of United Methodism.

Visit the SEJ Heritage Center is a valuable opportunity for youth to get a better understanding of the polity of the United Methodist Church with an emphasis on the southeast.  

TeamBuilding is a returning favorite activiity for youth to discover how working together to problem solve and meet challenges as a group translates to working together to bring about God's kingdom here on Earth. Plus, it's really fun!


Guest Speaker Rev. Carolyn Poling is a Deacon in the UMC serving in the North Georgia Conference currently working with two churches, Eatonton FUMC & Madison FUMC. She loves hanging out in her ENO, walking her two dogs Bailey (pictured) & Zion and is an avid Georgia Bulldawg fan.



Program Costs

Lower End and Upgrade Options: $70.00 for youth and $60.00 for adults

Program Only:  $80.00 for youth and $70.00 for adults

New this year: A discount for clergy and paid church staff who will be accompanying your group!  When you click the Register Now button below and complete your group's registration, be sure to select the CLERGY and/or PAID CHURCH STAFF option that fits your group's registration option to receive a $10 each discount. 

The program fee includes all mini-workshop materials, museum tours, TeamBuilding activities, stole and t-shirt. 

Register Now!

Housing Options

Campus Housing Reservations are made through the Conference Center at 800-222-4930. Costs are per person and includes 2 nights lodging and 4 meals; Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner, Sunday breakfast. Reservation requests  received thirty days or less prior to the event date may be subject to prevailing rate and availability. A $50.00/person deposit is required at time of booking.  Cancellations will result in automatic forfeiture of $15/person up to 15 days prior to arrival.  Less than 15 days prior to arrival date, no refunds will be given.

-Lower End Option:  Junaluska Apartments, Lakeside Lodge, Mountainview, or Sunnyside with meals at the Jones Cafeteria: $163.00/single, $113.00/double, $95.00 /triple, $91.00/quad occupancies. 

 -Upgrade Option: Terrace Hotel and Lambuth Inn:  “Best Available Rate” at time of booking.  

The Front Desk will ask for a credit card upon check-in to be held as a “Guarantee of Payment” in case of damage to any furnishings, walls, carpets, etc. including tobacco use in any indoor space.  The Damage Fee will be $200.00.  Damage deposits are refunded within 30 days of departure if no damages are assessed.

-Program Only:  Providing Your Own Housing? Commuters who are using Lake Junaluska facilities but not staying in the above lodging facilities are required to pay a commuter fee of $10 per person to help absorb the cost of room rental/equipment needs for the scheduled event. Groups of 10 or more  wishing to eat on campus are asked to purchase meal tickets in  advance by  calling Reservations at 800-222-4930.       

Other Options: The Providence Lodge is a privately owned lodge available for groups.  Call Anne at 828-550-9729 for rates and availability.  Cottage Rentals - privately owned homes, apartments and cottages managed by the Lake  Junaluska Conference Center.  Call 800-222-4930 ext. 2 for rates.