2017 Annual Conference
June 16-18, 2017
Hampton Roads Convention Center
The 2017 session of the Virginia Annual Conference will be held June 16-18 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.
This Year's Theme
A New Thing (Isaiah 43:19 -- "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.")
If you are planning a Banquet for this year's Annual Conference and would like to have your event listed in the Conference Banquet Schedule, please forward the following information to the Annual Conference Banquet Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Michael Reaves, Annual Conference Banquet Coordinator, c/o Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist Church, 8330 Fletcher's Chapel Road, King George, VA 22485.
1) The Name of your group or gathering
2) The Date and Time
3) The Location
4) Contact Information for those who may want more information
If you need assistance planning your banquet, please fill out the attached "Banquet Request Form" (Word or pdf file) and forward it also.
Click here to view the list of banquets as of March 9, 2017.
Alternate Lay Member Form
Click here to download a Word form. Changes will not be made in the Conference Office after April 19, 2017, and no packets will be mailed after the Annual Conference Packet mailing. All changes after this date must be made at the Registration Help Desk during Annual Conference.
Click here to download the housing letter (pdf). To assist in determining your reservation time frame, please be aware that the Clergy and Laity Sessions begin at 1 p.m. Friday, June 16, and the first plenary session begins at 3 p.m. This year's housing coordinator is Tim Craft. Should you have housing questions, please contact Craft at (540) 819-9386 or by e-mail email@example.com
To reserve display space at the Hampton Roads Convention Center for 2017 Annual Conference, please see the Display Guidelines (pdf) and send a Display Request (see links below) and check to the Rev. Eric Vaudt at the address on the form. Deadline to reserve space is May 15.
Kits for Conference
As your church begins preparation for collecting items for kits, there is currently an appeal from UMCOR for Health and Bedding kits. While these are currently in high demand, there other kits that are being collected include, Birthing, Cleaning, Layette, School, and Sewing. Click here for the complete list of items and instructions on packing each kit (pdf). The times for collection of the kits are Thursday, June 15, from 5pm-9pm; Friday, June 16, from 8am-5pm.; and Saturday, June 17, from 7:30am-4pm. If anyone has questions about the kits, you can contact the Kit Collection Coordinator, the Rev. David Magruder at Zion UMC in Seaford (York River District) at (757) 898-7417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Conference Offering
Bishop Lewis has announced the annual conference mission offering goal of $200,000 to focus on the following missional priority projects:
$50,000 Cambodia - For continued support for our partnership with the Methodist Mission in Cambodia as they move toward being an autonomous Methodist Church.
$25,000 Brazil – For our continued long term support of the Shade and Fresh Water ministry with at risk children across several conferences in the Methodist Church of Brazil.
$25,000 Mozambique – Our partnership with the United Methodist Church of Mozambique focuses on education by providing lay training resources that strengthens their discipleship and witness across both conferences in Mozambique.
$50,000 Virginia Long Term Disaster Recovery – We are committed to a long term response to those whose lives were changed by tornadoes and hurricane Matthew in 2016. The funding of the recovery will allow further teams to answer the call to make a compassionate response.
$25,000 Ethnic Minority Missional Ministries – Funds for grants to go toward developing ministry outreach in the conference to immigrants and other marginalized groups.
$25,000 Virginia Volunteers in Mission – To provide funds available to small membership faith communities who wish to engage in mission that may lack resources.