Charge Conference 2018 Plans

Just a reminder that Charge Conferences and District Conference will be combined this year. Please see the article below that appeared in the district newsletter on April 12 and April 19.

What’s New?

19  Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

Ministry is wonderful when we are inspired by scripture and apply scripture to the life in the church. I’m often inspired by scripture and the opportunity to do something exciting. I’m often excited by the chance to do something that counters the sentiment, “We’ve always done it that way,” or “We’ve never done it that way before.”

Very recently the District Connectional Ministries group made a bold and exciting decision. The discussion was about how we might structure the 2018 District Conference and how we might structure the 2018 Church Charge Conferences. The answer is to create events that enable the Rappahannock River District to celebrate our seven years of ministry, events that conduct the district conference business in an expeditious manner, create events that enable churches to come together, and create events that accommodate the business of the church charge conferences.

Introducing the District Celebrations!  The district celebrations are three regional events that combine conducting district conference business, charge conference business, and a significantly greater amount of time to worship, praise, fellowship, and celebration of all God has done through our district from 2011 to 2018.

Each event will be coordinated by a Lead Lay and Clergy team. At each location we will experience a gathering featuring the most special worship and praise event possible. The event would run for 90 minutes (from and include light refreshments. The two business portions (district and charge conference) will occur early in the event followed by 70 minutes of praise and celebration.

The time will be 2:30pm - 4:00pm. The dates and locations are:

October 21 st – Fredericksburg/Stafford held at Ebenezer Stafford
October 28 th – Southern Region held at Wright’s Chapel UMC
November 4 th – Northern Neck Region held at Heathsville UMC


Each church will still prepare and bring copies of all the normal reports and have copies for their members; election of nominated Annual Conference delegates will still take place as well as other normal district and church business. The business sessions will be like the cluster charge conference we have previously conducted.  Why do this?  Because the District Council wants to place an emphasis this fall on ministries, praise, fellowship, and how God has used our district over the last seven years. It’s a direct response to the feedback from the last seven years of hearing, “do less business and more worship!”  So, SAVE THE DATE(s)!

Keep up the great ministry!

Ted




Sunday, October 21: Ebenezer Stafford:
 
Fauquier
Grace (Hartwood)
Liberty
Midland
Morrisville
Mt Horeb
Remington
Trinity (Catlett)
Wesleyan

Stafford
Andrew Chapel (Brooke)
Antioch
Ebenezer (Stafford)
Falmouth
New Hope
Regester Chapel
Salem
St Matthias

Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg
Hillcrest

Spotsylvania
Eastland
Olivet
Peace
Shady Grove
Tabernacle
Wilderness
Zion

Sunday, October 28: Wright’s Chapel

Caroline
Bethel (Hanover)
Bowling Green
Hopewell (Caroline)
Mt Vernon
Rehoboth (Caroline)
Shiloh
St Paul's
Wright's Chapel


King George
Dahlgren
Fletchers Chapel
Trinity (KG)

Upper Westmoreland
Colonial Beach
Grace (Oak Grove)

 
King William
Epworth
McKendree
 
Essex & King and Queen
Mizpah
Shepherds
Trinity (Essex K&Q)
Lebanon (Essex K&Q)
Providence (Essex K&Q)
Tappahannock


Sunday November 4: Heathsville  


Richmond
Calvary
Hopewell (Richmond)
Oakland
Warsaw

Lower Westmoreland
Andrew Chapel (Mont)
Carmel
Coles Point
Ebenezer (Oldhams)
Edgewater
Lebanon (Montross)
Providence (Montross)

Lancaster
Asbury
Bethel (Lively)
Emmanuel
Irvington
Kilmarnock
White Stone

Northumberland
Afton
Bethany
Bluff Point
Fairfields
Galilee
Heathsville
Henderson
Melrose
Mila
Rehoboth
Wicomico
As part of our planning for the Fall Celebrations, we are searching for photographs of any District Events since the Fredericksburg/Rappahannock River District started in July 2011. Examples would include District UMW or UMM events, Mission Trips, District Conferences, District Training, District Youth Events, Lay Servant events, Clergy Retreats or other events involving multiple churches on the district. If you have any to share, please send them to Lynn at  rappahannockriverdistrict@vaumc.org .