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.
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:
– Fredericksburg/Stafford held at Ebenezer Stafford
– Southern Region held at Wright’s Chapel UMC
– 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!
Sunday, October 21: Ebenezer Stafford:
Andrew Chapel (Brooke)
Sunday, October 28: Wright’s Chapel
Grace (Oak Grove)
Essex & King and Queen
Trinity (Essex K&Q)
Lebanon (Essex K&Q)
Providence (Essex K&Q)
Sunday November 4: Heathsville
Andrew Chapel (Mont)