First cabin in new expansion

The Indiana Conference’s Epworth Forest Retreat Center in North Webster, Ind., will host a ground breaking celebration at Epworth Forest on Sunday Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Epworth Forest leaders hope Hoosier United Methodists from across the state will join Bishop Mike Coyner and the new camping board of directors for the camping ministry for this historic occasion. The ground breaking will mark the beginning of the construction for the new cabins to be built on the old family camp area; the previously undeveloped area along the northeast shore line of the conference owned and operated facility.

This landmark event is being planned in conjunction with the fall ILLUMINATE Youth Rally at Epworth Forest Sept. 18-20 (

The schedule for the afternoon will include guided tours of the camp grounds, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and a ride on the Dixie paddle wheel following the celebration.

Epworth Forest, whose beginnings as a center piece for evangelism for youth and adults in Indiana, traces its history back to the early 1920s when a group of Methodist preachers had a vision of fun and fellowship that could change lives. They purchased the land with their own money and set the camping ministry in motion. During the years since then, thousands of lives have been touched through the ministry on this holy ground.

The last major construction at Epworth Forest was completed in 1964.

The ground breaking comes at the end of a truly successful summer of camping. North Indiana camp and retreat leaders report attendance was up from recent years and many children, youth and young adults gave their lives to Christ.

To read more about the groundbreaking schedule, the building plans, the amazing summer our youth shared, or to give a gift on line to the Epworth Forest development, visit

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