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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)

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.

Open Enrollment now available

Open enrollment for the Virginia Conference medical plans began on October 11 and will run through October 29.  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

Looking for a simple, creative way to engage young families in the life of your congregation? Jessica Anschutz explains how providing a gathering space for young parents and their children can be a high-impact, low-budget way to build a supportive, nurturing community for young families. Coffee, Kids, and Chaos may be a great way to reach new people in your community if there are stay-at-home/work-from-home parents, nannies, or grandparents caring for young children. Learn more…

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

Influencers

Influence is about meeting people where they are, and coming alongside them. Rev. Matt Hall, a “trail chaplain” in the Holston Conference, shares his journey in Guideposts. His story reminds us that we can share the gospel with others right where we are, doing what we do every day. Read story

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

Servers

How is your church planning to serve your community during the time of Thanksgiving? Do you host a community meal? Do you invite first responders for a mini-Thanksgiving meal since many won’t celebrate the holiday with their families? Share how you serve the community and send your ideas to serving@vaumc.org. The Serving Ministries office is also planning a small give-thanks event to assist the Afghan Allies. More information to come soon. 

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