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Annual Conference 2024

Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, VA
June 20-22, 2024.

Learn more about the theme: "A Conference in Three Movements"

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson is excited to announce the theme of the 242nd session of the Virginia Annual Conference is A Conference in Three Movements. This theme emerges from the belief that there are three principal movements of the Holy Spirit taking place in the present era of the church:

1. The theological movement from prevenient grace to sanctification. This is the movement of the Holy Spirit in the human heart.
2. The historical movement of Methodism captured in our past, lived in our present, and pointed toward our future. This is the movement of the Holy Spirit in the church.
3. The missional movement from gathered spaces into all the world. This is the movement of the Holy Spirit in community.
These movements build upon each other, intertwining together to demonstrate what has been, what is, and what will be as God continues to move amongst God’s people.

The Annual Conference logo is designed to be an embodiment of this powerful theme. The three flames joining as one light are a reminder of the three movements and the connection they share. The placement of words and font selection are meant to evoke an imaginative sense of movement and the constant motion of the Holy Spirit. The color family of reds, yellows, and oranges is meant to offer a sense of fire that is sparking and burning within the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

As we prepare to gather in Hampton this June, we hope members of the Annual Conference will begin to consider the role of these three movements in their lives, the lives of their churches, and the lives of the communities we are called to serve.

AC Childcare

Childcare at Annual Conference will be available for children (16 months-rising 5th grade) at First UMC, 10246 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. Registration is open from February 19-May 1.

AC Childcare

Annual Conference Display applications will open on February 26, 2024 at 9AM. An email will be sent with the link to apply.

All vendors, boards and partners are welcomed to submit an application for review. Applications this year will be available via Google Form. There will be a flat rate of $75.00 per display, this will include electricity.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

AC Hotel Registration

The 242nd Session of the Virginia Annual Conference will be held Thursday, June 20 – Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the HAMPTON ROADS CONVENTION CENTER in Hampton, Virginia.

Annual Conference members will have 16 area hotels within the Annual Conference Room block from which to choose. The reservation process will allow attendees to see detailed information on the hotels, our conference room rates, room types, amenities, and locations all in one place. Conference rates are guaranteed through Friday, May 17.

Please do not call the hotels as hotel reservations will only be taken online. 

If you do not have easy access to the internet or a computer, you should contact your pastor or your District office for assistance in making your hotel reservation.

Youth members staying with the youth cohort will be housed at Christopher Newport University. The Office of Discipleship and Congregational Vitality will communicate directly with youth regarding their housing sign ups.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 804-521-1134.

Agenda

The Annual Conference General Agenda is now available here. Some highlights of this year’s conference include:
  • A pre-conference gathering to celebrate Juneteenth and consider the ongoing pursuit of intersectional justice in the Virginia Annual Conference.
  • Clergy Session and Laity Session will take place at 8:30am on Thursday.
  • Annual Conference will be called to order with opening worship at 10:30am on Thursday.
  • The memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday.
  • A Service of Recognition and Call will be held at 9:30am on Saturday.
  • Business sessions throughout Annual Conference will include space for teaching from leaders throughout the United Methodist connection.
  • Evenings are open, allowing for space to make connections and find rest.
We are looking forward to a great Annual Conference session in June!
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