The Upper Room Launches Discovery Weekend

April 11, 2018 by Erica Smith

Nashville, TN: On April 16, 2018, The Upper Room will launch Discovery Weekend, a spiritual formation retreat for middle schoolers. This retreat provides an opportunity for middle schoolers to learn about and experience the love of God. High school students, youth workers, other adult volunteers, and church staff lead the weekend, allowing the entire church to surround young people with faithful examples of love and forgiveness.

Originally conceived by Melody Traylor of First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Discovery Weekend was inspired by Traylor’s experiences with The Upper Room’s Academy of Spiritual Formation and Walk to Emmaus programs. Due to Discovery Weekend’s formative nature and origin, The Upper Room is thrilled to welcome this innovative retreat into its family of programs. On April 16, The Upper Room will offer this ministry to the wider church as a trustworthy and transforming model for supporting the spiritual formation of an age group that many churches have little idea what to do with beyond presenting them with fun and games. 

The Upper Room provides churches with everything they need to have a successful Discovery Weekend retreat for middle schoolers, including a marketing graphics package and a comprehensive weekend manual. Both the weekend theme manual, Discover God’s Love through the Church, and the graphics package are now available for purchase on the Upper Room Bookstore. In the Discovery Weekend manual, churches will receive everything they need for the weekend to run smoothly, including: 

  • Planning timelines
  • Disciple group leader guides
  • Talk guides for high schoolers
  • Sample letters/emails

Visit to learn more about Discovery Weekend. For help or questions, email the Discovery Weekend Team at or call 615.340.7088 (or toll-free 877.899.2780, ext. 7088).


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God is at work

Discovery Weekend was an incredible opportunity and a great learning experience. I got to see the kingdom of God work within all the kids, which showed me how present Christ is throughout our lives and the amount of love and forgiveness that can be found in others.”