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

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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

Registration for child care at Annual Conference is now closed.

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!

Banquets & Events

Click on the “+” to see the events for each day.

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Laity Heart-to-Heart
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center

Contact: Martha Stokes


Cabinet Dinner 
5:15 PM 
Contact: Nancy Yarborough


Juneteenth Celebration
7:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center

Contact: Clarence Brown

Lunch Lab – The Heart of It All: United Methodist Theology of Mission 101
12:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: JoAnn Batteiger
Register HERE


Lunch Lab – Who is My Neighbor? Reimagining and Transforming Community
12:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: JoAnn Batteiger
Register HERE


Lunch Lab – Taste and See: A Lunch Church Fresh Expression
12:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: JoAnn Batteiger
Register HERE


Lunch Lab – Follow Thee More Nearly: Advocacy as a Foundation for Faithful Living
12:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: JoAnn Batteiger
Register HERE


College Ministries – Youth Pizza
12:00 PM @ TBD
Contact: Hannah Bryn


Virginia Conference Clergywomen Luncheon
12:30 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Mochel Morris
Registration Coming Soon


Certified Lay Ministers Luncheon
12:30 PM @ Wesley UMC
2510 N Armistead Ave, Hampton 23666-1506
Contact: Joanna Dietz
Register HERE


Three Notch’d District Ice Cream Social
5:00 PM @ Bluebird Gap Farm
60 Pine Chapel Rd., Hampton 23669
Contact: MaryKaye Cochran


General Conference Information Q&A
(UMC Constitution Amendments)

5:30 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Grace Han


Council on Finance & Administration
5:30 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Carol Draper
Registration Coming Soon


Asian American Ministers Association Dinner
6:00 PM @ St. Luke’s UMC, Yorktown
300 Ella Taylor Rd., Yorktown 23692
Contact: Daniel Park
Registration Coming Soon


VA Conference Diaconate Dinner
6:00 PM @ St. James UMC, Hampton
1533 W. Queen St., Hampton 23669
Contact: John Conway
Registration Coming Soon


Virginia Black Methodists for Church Renewal
Annual Meeting and Dinner

7:00 PM @ TBD
Contact: Ellis Crum
Registration Coming Soon


Methodists for a New Thing 
7:30 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Alison Malloy

Minutes Committee Breakfast
6:00 AM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Katie Mueller


General Conference Information –  Coffee
(UMC Constitution Amendments)

7:30 AM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Grace Han


Virginia Conference United Methodist Men’s Breakfast
7:30 AM @ First UMC Fox Hill, Hampton
1 Salt Pond Rd., Hampton 23664
Contact: David Collins
Register HERE


Lay Supply Gathering hosted by Clergy Excellence
7:45 AM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Crystal Sygeel
Register HERE


Lunch Lab – The Heart of It All: United Methodist Theology of Mission 101
12:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: JoAnn Batteiger
Register HERE


Lunch Lab – Who is My Neighbor? Reimagining and Transforming Community
12:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: JoAnn Batteiger
Register HERE


Lunch Lab – Taste and See: A Lunch Church Fresh Expression
12:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: JoAnn Batteiger
Register HERE


Lunch Lab – Follow Thee More Nearly: Advocacy as a Foundation for Faithful Living
12:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: JoAnn Batteiger
Register HERE


Candler School of Theology Alumni Luncheon
12:00 PM @ Park Lane Tavern
4200 Kilgore Ave., Hampton 23666
Contact: Clark Cundiff


Wesley Theological Seminary Luncheon
12:30 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Jim Driscoll
Register Here


Union Presbyterian Seminary Luncheon
12:30 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: W. Clay Macaulay
Register HERE


VAUMC Fellowship of Licensed Local Pastors & Associate Members Lunch
12:30 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jason Stanley, Incoming Director of Call and Candidacy
Contact: Bill Greer
Register HERE – deadline: June 6th.


Virginia Reconciling United Methodists Dinner
6:00 PM @ Fox Hill Central UMC
501 Beach Rd., Hampton 23664
Contact: Mark Elder
Registration Coming Soon


Shenandoah River District Ice Cream Social
7:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Debbie Creech


Game Night Social
7:00 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Hunter Bryn

Minutes Committee Breakfast
6:00 AM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Katie Mueller


ARMS Retirement Luncheon
12:30 PM @ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Contact: Nancy Blair

Book of Reports

The Book of Reports, click HERE.

Lunch Labs

As Annual Conference 2024 draws near, the Office of Missional Engagement is thrilled to introduce something exciting and experimental – (drum roll please) – Lunch Labs! What are Lunch Labs, exactly? (We’re so glad you asked!)

Lunch Labs are experiential learning opportunities that will equip and resource members and guests of the Annual Conference as they seek to connect with each other, their church, their community, and the world. Participants will engage with seasoned practitioners and hear their stories of joys, failures, and lessons learned. They’ll also have opportunities to dream, experiment and (hopefully) leave the labs feeling more inspired, equipped and encouraged to embody God’s love and hope in the world.

Below, you’ll find descriptions of four different Lunch Labs that will be offered on both Thursday, June 20th and Friday, June 21st. (The same four labs will be offered each day). We encourage you to attend one on both Thursday and Friday if possible. They will begin each day at 12:30 PM and conclude around 1:30 PM, and will meet in Conference Rooms A, B, C, and D at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Lunch will not be provided. However, you are encouraged to bring lunch with you and enjoy it in community.

Our Lunch Lab offerings this year are:

The Heart of It All: United Methodist Theology of Mission 101
Ever wondered what the term “United Methodist mission” really means? Are you curious about how United Methodist beliefs influence our missional efforts both locally and globally? If your answer is yes, or even maybe, then this Lunch Lab might be for you! Participants will develop a deeper understanding of our theology of mission and explore how United Methodists seek to remain grounded in mutuality and relationships. Storytelling and sharing in small groups will enable exploration of the ways our theology and lived experiences are interconnected.

Who is My Neighbor? Reimagining and Transforming Community
Who is my neighbor? Who is my community? Who are we called to serve? The church has wrestled with these questions for centuries. The Spirit is calling us to listen to our neighbors, reimagine community, and cultivate transformational relationships with our neighbors. This Lunch Lab will offer the opportunity to be in conversation with three practitioners who will share their stories around church and community transformation– the joys, the heartbreaks, the lessons learned, and everything in between.

Taste and See: A Lunch Church Fresh Expression
This Lunch Lab will offer participants an opportunity to learn more about the Fresh Expressions movement by participating in a condensed Lunch Church experience. In addition to the experience itself, participants will learn practical tips and how to’s that can be implemented in their unique contexts. Bring an open heart, an open mind, lunch, and yourself!

**For this particular Lunch Lab, we ask that you wait to begin eating until the facilitator invites all participants to start the meal at the same time.**

Follow Thee More Nearly: Advocacy as a Foundation for Faithful Living
Mercy and justice. Justice and mercy. Their interconnectedness is clear in scripture and essential in our United Methodist story. The early Methodist Movement worked for a more merciful and just world through listening to their communities, responding to practical needs, and advocating alongside those who were being oppressed and marginalized by systems, powers and principalities. This Lunch Lab will invite participants to wrestle with a number of questions, including: Why should advocacy work matter to people of faith? Why did early Methodists emphasize “social holiness,” and what does that look like in our modern lives? How can participants engage in meaningful advocacy work that has the capacity to transform systems and lives?

Registration is highly encouraged, but not required! If you’re ready to sign up and join us in the laboratory, please click here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to The Office of Missional Engagement at [email protected].

Offering

For our Annual Conference offering this year, we are excited to share that we will be supporting two important initiatives who are engaged in the work of mission and service in the world. Our first one is supporting the ongoing connectional work with our VAUMC Partnerships of Hope countries: Brazil, Mozambique, Cambodia, Haiti, Vietnam, and Native American Ministries. The other half of our offering will be given towards our conference-wide Undue Medical Debt Campaign (formerly RIP Medical Debt) to help eliminate medical debt in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is our hope that through this debt campaign, we are able to raise $390,000 that would help eliminate $39 million of medical debt that continues to hurt the most vulnerable in Virginia. This campaign will start with the Annual Conference offering and continue through the end of the calendar year.

To give to the Annual Conference offering, you can make your check out to the Virginia United Methodist Conference with AC Offering in the memo line, and mail it to:

Virginia United Methodist Conference Center
P.O. Box 5606
Glen Allen, VA 23058

Or, you can give online using this link: VAUMC Donations and then selecting “Annual Conference Offering”.

For more information about Partnerships of Hope, please visit: https://vaumc.org/partnerships-of-hope/

For more information about Undue Medical Debt (formerly RIP Medical Debt), please visit: https://www.unduemedicaldebt.org/

Thank you for your generosity in supporting these two initiatives!

RV Accommodation

We have not made any special arrangements for RV accommodation.  You are encourage to explore options based upon your specific needs.

For your reference:

Colonies RV Park at Fort Monroe – https://thecoloniesrvtravelpark.com/

Gosnold’s Hope Park has RV Camping – https://www.hampton.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/2

Video Resources

Video resources are available on the conference YouTube page to help clergy and lay members prepare ahead of the 242nd Session of the Virginia Annual Conference. New videos will be released each week beginning May 13. Access videos…

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