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Invitation to a Celebration of All Saints Day, Oct. 24

In preparation for All Saints Day, all clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference are invited to a Zoom service of healing. We will sing together, hear the Scripture, grieve together as we light candles for the saints we have loved and lost, and boldly claim the promise of the Resurrection.

Make it Matter Youth Rally

Register today! Spaces are filling up fast for the youth rally on Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. (For 6th-12th graders)

Open Enrollment now available

Open enrollment for the Virginia Conference medical plans will begin on October 11 and run through October 29. The link to visit the open enrollment system site will be available on that date. If assistance or additional information is needed, please call Melissa Wahlberg at (804) 521-1131.

Post-COVID Re-entry Group (PRG)

Click here to see the newest information from the newly-formed PRG group

Resources to help Afghan refugees

As the world witnesses the humanitarian crisis occurring in Afghanistan, the Virginia Conference is providing resources to help aid your understanding and ability to care for refugees. LEARN MORE

News from the conference, denomination

Updated FAQs About The UMC and Boy Scouts. More…

From the Bishop: Developments Regarding The UMC and the Boy Scouts. More…

Bishop Lewis presents check from Annual Conference Offering to Feed More. More…

Dying congregation finds ‘New Life’ with merger. More…

District Initiative Plan Announced by Bishop and Appointive Cabinet. More…

Bishop Lewis poses more COVID-19-related questions to Dr. David Agus. Watch video

Responding to Hurricane Ida, flooding in Tennessee

Any work related to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will start only after all the first responders leave the area. There will be more specific calls to help in the coming weeks and months. We strongly advise against any self-deployment to these areas.  LEARN MORE

Resources to help Haiti in its effort to recover

As the world witnesses the humanitarian crisis occurring in Haiti after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that crippled an already vulnerable nation, the Virginia Conference is providing the resources to help efforts to assist the Haitian people. LEARN MORE…

Important Resource for Churches, Pastors

There are two new VAUMC podcasts. Both available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

“The VAUMC Connection” is a series of standalone projects that will include news from the conference center, The Audio Advocate,  and a collection of resources shared by the Connectional Ministries Office. Available on Spotify and Apple.

“1000 Question Christian” is a weekly podcast where we ask clergy off-the-wall questions–anything from weird stories in the Bible to pastoral advice.  Available on Spotify and Apple.

You can also hear all the podcasts on the conference Digital Hub

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Bishop's 2021 Bible Challenge

Bishop Lewis has shared the 2021 Bible Challenge – to read the Bible straight through from Genesis to Revelation.

Join Church Communication Resource group

You are invited to join the Virginia Conference Resource Hub. This Facebook group has been created by the conference Board of Communications and the conference Communications Office with the goal of providing a space to share information and resources about various topics related to church communications, technology, discipleship, and more. This is a place where those who have questions and those with experience and answers can collaborate, assist, and equip one another. Join group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vaumcresourcehub.

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Bright Spots - Videos to Brighten Your Day!

Visit the Digital Hub menu  or visit the conference YouTube page to find a Bright Spot.

Connect with conference staff

Connect with the staff to learn how to align with the conference vision or to learn more about how the conference is working to resource local churches in the Virginia Conference.
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Virginia Conference Vision

 

“To be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.”

Read below for how you can live out the vision this week. 

Learners

Youth Ministry in an Era of Pandemic and Over-Parenting is an online event hosted by The Institute for Youth Ministry, featuring Dr. Andrew Root on Oct. 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Youth workers know what it is to watch parents and youth participate in multiple activities, even in a season when many organizations have adapted their activities to a digital space. Most families say that they have limited time for connecting to their youth ministry or youth group. This happens even when parent(s) (and youth) express a desire to participate. A parent might even say, “Sorry, we haven’t gotten her to youth group in the last six months, it’s just that gymnastics is kind of her thing; it’s really who she is.” This can be frustrating for youth workers. Some respond by contending that youth ministry needs to up the commitment level and move higher up the ranking of things. In this presentation, we will together explore how this approach does not work, because the decisions parents and young people make exist inside very deep conceptions of what makes for a good life. With limited time and unlimited options, youth ministry can’t — and, as Root will show, shouldn’t — compete in ranking of important activities. Find out more and register

Learn more about living into this part of the vision with the Learning Ministries Office. 

Influencers

Learn how one pastor is offering a listening presence to encourage vulnerable populations to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. He has created a handbook that can help other congregations do the same. https://www.umnews.org/en/news/handbook-aims-to-reach-unvaccinated-with-compassion

Learn more about living into this part of the vision with the Influencing Ministries Office.

Servers

October is as a time to plan for the upcoming year. As some churches might be planning for mission projects for the next calendar year, the conference Serving Office asks the churches to start with prayer.  
Designate a time to go out in the community. Use it as a time to pray and ask, ‘Lord, how are you asking our church to be a blessing to this community?’ ‘What are the needs that we are not seeing?’ Use the time of prayer for discernment of God’s will. Then see how God opens the door for us to serve in this world! If Serving ministries can help, please do not hesitate to email Serving@vaumc.org 

Learn more about living into this part of the vision with the Serving Ministries Office.