June 18-19 (All sessions will be virtual)
United as One
From John 17:20-23, NRSV — “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Feb 2021: Bishop Lewis and Annual Conference Planning team share information. Read more…
Update on AC 2021 Motion to Create Work Group for Legal Expenses
July 20, 2021
Released on Behalf of the Legal Expenses Oversight Work Group
The Virginia Annual Conference approved a motion by the Rev. Janine Howard during the June 18-19, 2021 session to create a Legal Expenses Oversight Work Group.
The motion calls for the work group to review the current agreement for services with the Conference Chancellor, to recommend control measures on expenditures for legal services, and report back to the annual conference within 90 days of the motion’s adoption.
The Oversight Work Group has been formed and is gathering information. This includes consulting with The United Methodist Church Conference Chancellor Association as well as with the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA).
The group will meet in person soon and fully anticipates sharing its findings conference-wide in early September, prior to the 90-day deadline.
View AC 2021 pictures
View AC 2021 Bible Study
View both sessions of the Bible Study with Dr. Kinney
Click here for a pdf of a transcript of the sessions
View Recorded Conference Sessions
Friday June 18 https://vimeo.com/567149116
Saturday June 19 https://vimeo.com/567151322
The following services are now available on the conference YouTube channel.
- Licensing & Deacon Commission – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U576U1wFJwo
- Commissioning – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPk8mDiGw6A
- Ordination – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4ZfGgCEZTw
- Laity Celebration Worship – https://youtu.be/_akvE2Tn5eE
- Memorial Service – https://youtu.be/g5GSGk-WAQY
- Retirement Service – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRB7kLv8lSw
- Click here to download the bulletin for the Service of Commissioning (pdf)
Click here to download the bulletin for A Service of Recognition & Ordination (pdf)
- Laity Celebration Worship, Premiere Stream at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 20
Click here to download the Order of Service (Word)
- Service of Remembrance, Click here to download the bulletin (pdf)
- Service of Licensing of Local Pastors & Deaconess Commissioning, Click here to download the bulletin (pdf)
- Closing worship bulletin (pdf)
News from the Conference Sessions
2021 Glory Sightings
Electronic Book of Reports available
The Book of Reports is now digitally available. Annual Conference members who opted in for a mailed, printed copy will be receiving their copy shortly. The agenda is included beginning on page 6.
Click here to read a letter from the Rev. Dr. Steve Summers that accompanies the Book of Reports. (pdf)
The Annual Conference Mission Offering will be collected during the Saturday morning, June 19, sending worship service. Churches are asked to share the Annual Conference Missional Offering purpose and encourage church members to participate. All offerings collected by the local church can be sent to the Conference Treasurer’s office or through the online giving link.
Click here for this year’s offering recipients and detailed information.
The Ice Bucket Challenge!
Please watch the video about this year’s Annual Conference Offering. If the $200,000 goal is met, someone will have a bucket of ice dumped on her head!