The 200th Diocesan Convention will be held November 4-6, 2021 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.
The Jekyll Island Convention Center
The Diocese of Georgia will meet in Convention this November on Jekyll Island. The convention is currently planned as a primarily in-person meeting with some elements, such as the Convention Eucharist, offered via livestream. The Diocese last met at this conference center in 2014.
While this is the 200th Convention, this event does not mark the 200th anniversary of the Diocese, which falls in February 2023.
Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island
701 Beachview Drive N
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
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Stay at Honey Creek
Rooms are also available at Honey Creek. For rates and reservation information, contact GeorgeAnne Youngner at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call at (912)265-9218.
To prepay for your island pass, visit https://www.jekyllisland.com/visiting/parking or call (912)635-3636.
The group rate for hotels is only available for a limited time, so we encourage you to make reservations as soon as possible.
God Gave the Growth
The good news in this year of ebbing pandemic is that while there is much we can do in our corner of the vineyard, God is doing the heavy lifting and making a difference. The theme for this coming year, including our 200th diocesan convention emphasizes what God is doing among us. In 1 Corinthians, Paul describes the work that he and Apollos did mattered in planting the church in Corinth, but any fruit it came to bear was because of God’s action. By growth, we mean not simply increased attendance, but as importantly this refers to spiritual growth and maturity.
Pulling out of pandemic will be a real challenge, as many people have lost the habit of church attendance. But the answer is not for clergy and lay leaders to work harder. There is no Good News in that, neither is it faithful. Instead, we are to do our part, just as Paul planted and Apollos watered. We do have a role to play. But the coming reign of God does not depend on us and our getting it all right. We are to be faithful and to count on God to give the growth.
We are already seeing hopeful signs of this occurring. For example, more people than in memory have come forward in pandemic feeling called to serve as deacons and priests. We have also seen newcomers showing up in many congregations, even as long-term parishioners have yet to come back to in person worship.
God did not bring us this far to leave us. If we faithfully keep Jesus at the center of what we do, God will give the growth.