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2021 Annual Conference

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…

Annual Conference Logo
Click here to download a full color, two color or black and white logo

Official Packet
Click here to view the Official Packet


View AC 2021 livestream

View the livestream of the 239th Session of Annual Conference here: https://vimeo.com/event/1028997/bd7d5394e8.

The complete agenda is included in the digital Book of Reports (pdf)

Special Services

  • Clergy Session (for clergy only), Thursday, June 10th, Call to Order at 10:00 a.m.
  • Retirement Worship Service, Premiere Stream at 6:30 p.m. Thursday June 17
  • Service of Ordering of Ministry, 7 p.m., Friday, June 18
    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, Premiere Stream at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20
  • Service of Licensing of Local Pastors & Deaconess Commissioning, Premiere Stream at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 21
    Click here to download the bulletin (pdf)

Credentials sent to AC members on June 7

Credentials were sent out to clergy and lay members for AC 2021 on June 7. If you have any questions or concerns, please email helpAC2021@vaumc.org. View the video below to learn more about accessing the AC platform, voting, and other aspects of the platform for 2021.

Annual Conference Video of Virtual Platform Guide

View this instructional video with the Rev. Brian Siegle for lay and clergy Annual Conference members. It steps through the process for lay and clergy to get registered and find their way around the virtual platform. If you have questions, this is a great resource.

Still have questions?
Email helpAC2021@vaumc.org

Save the Dates the week of Annual Conference

Test Your Tech Sessions
The Conference is hosting two days for all clergy, and lay members of the Annual Conference 2021 are encouraged to test your technology to make sure you can connect to the Annual Conference Events.  The system will be available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Monday, June 14, Tuesday, June 15, and Wednesday, June 16.   Help Desk staff will be available by email should you encounter connection issues or concerns at helpAC2021@vaumc.org.

Voting Practice Session
On Tuesday, June 15, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, the Conference will host a voting practice session for all clergy and lay members of the Annual Conference.   All Annual Conference clergy and lay members are encouraged to participate. 

Electronic Book of Reports now 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)

Virtual Display Hall

The 2021 Virginia Annual Conference Planning Team is excited to announce that a Virtual Display Hall will be available at Annual Conference this year. This virtual hall will be accessible via the Annual Conference access platform, EventMobi. There are currently 25 invited “booths” that will be active at the conference for engagement and participation. More information about access to, and usage of, the platform and booths will be forthcoming. Click here to visit displays.

Petitions

A booth for Petitions will be available on the Annual Conference virtual platform, EventMobi, in the Virtual Display Hall.  Opinions/positions contained in any petition are those of the person(s) authoring the petition and not those of the Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Petitions must be submitted to BevMyers@vaumc.org no later than the close of business on Friday, June 11.

Clergy Reporting Absence from 2021 Annual Conference

According to Book of Discipline ¶602.8[1], any active clergy member of the Annual Conference who will not be attending must notify the conference secretary with the reason for your absence. You may do so by emailing acting Conference Secretary Joshua King at JoshuaKing@vaumc.org or mail to: Rev. Joshua King, P.O. Box 487, Purcellville, VA 20134
Click here to download a letter from King (PDF)

AC2021 Worship leader seeks Virginia musicians virtually, in person; information provided on sharing ‘And Are We Yet Alive’ virtually; deadline is June 7 for submissions

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Mission Opportunities

Community Cans & Kit Collections

Each church is invited to host a canned food drive (collection), as well as participate in creating hygiene kits and school kits. The cans and the kits will be dropped off at a designated site or sites on each district. The drop-off times will be 2-4 p.m. on June 19, 2021. All of the cans and kits collected will stay locally and help support local ministry partners in your area. Each district has a Mission Coordinator who will be heading a planning team. Click here for detailed information. Download and share this video with your local church about the conference mission opportunities this year.

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Conference Offering

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!