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