May 22, 2019

Welcome to The Bridge, a weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
The Rappahannock River District (RRD) Scholarship Program
FIRM DEADLINE MAY 23 at 4:00pm
in the District Office

Higher Education has always been a hallmark of the United Methodist Church. The value of resources for continued learning and higher education is fundamental to United Methodism. In keeping with our tradition of supporting higher learning, the Rappahannock River District (RRD) of the United Methodist Church has created a Student Scholarship Program.  The program is maintained and administered by the RRD and is not connected with any other United Methodist board, agency, or entity.

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who meet the program criteria as funding allows. Persons eligible to apply are those who are attending or who plan to attend a college, seminary or trade school and are members of a United Methodist Church on the Rappahannock River District. Please see attached guidelines for more details.

Please click below to download an application. If you prefer one in Word, just email  and let us know.
Fish Fry!!
Annual Memorial Day Weekend Fish Fry at Heathsville UMC
Date: Saturday May 25, 2019
Time: 11:00AM-4:00PM--Eat-in or Take-out.
Cost: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 10 and under.
Fried Whiting Fish
Homemade Hush Puppies, Potato Salad and Cole Slaw
Baked Beans
Sliced tomatoes
Pound Cake
Tea or Water

Heathsville United Methodist Church is on the corner of Rt. 360 and Courthouse Road in Heathsville, Va. 22473
All are welcome to come and enjoy great food and fellowship with others in the community.


Afton United Methodist Church is pleased to announce our Homecoming Celebration to be held on Sunday, June 2 nd this year! A wonderful day is planned, filled with the Word of God, song and praise, old friends, new friends, and a wonderful Sunday dinner.
The day will begin at 10:30 AM when members and friends of Afton and Fairfields gather in the Afton sanctuary for a joint worship service. The message will be delivered by our special guest pastor, the Reverend John Jones. Pastor Jones is a former pastor of Afton and Fairfields. We are delighted to welcome the Praise Band, from Ebenezer UMC in Oldhams, Virginia, who will lend their special talents to our worship service. 
Immediately following the worship service, we will be treated to an old-fashioned home cooked meal, reminiscent of days gone by. There will be an amazing abundance of down-home tastings, as only Chef Lennie can prepare. The main dishes will, of course, be accompanied by tempting side dishes and desserts lovingly prepared by members of Afton and Fairfields church families. 
Following all the worship, and all the eating, and all the fellowship with renewed acquaintances, who will be “a sight for sore eyes”, to be sure, we will be treated to a musical performance by Tangier Praise Band. It is a blessing to have this group travel across the bay to share their amazing talents. This will surely be a wonderful blessed time that we do not want anyone to miss! All are invited, so please come and bring all of your friends, old and new. Afton UMC is located at 5130 Hacks Neck Road in Ophelia. Please praise God and mark your calendars!

Liberty UMC

Seeking a Pianist/keyboardist (Organ too if possible) to play at Sunday morning church service. Part time position for small vibrant church. Opportunity for growth in the position.
To find out more details, please call 540-439-0267 or message us through our facebook page: Liberty UMC-Bealeton

Regester Chapel UMC

Music Accompanist  - Regester Chapel UMC is seeking applications for a Music Accompanist. The Music Accompanist shall be qualified to play both the organ and piano for worship. The Music Accompanist shall be skilled in music, including performance and interpretation. This shall include a good knowledge of the function of music in the church service and ability to demonstrate its suitable interpretation. The Music Accompanist should be willing to keep abreast of modern trends in church music and participate in workshops and training events. Contact Barry Dillon at (540) 850-5865 or Ethan Murphy at  for more information and a copy of the position description.
Upcoming Meetings

May 28 District Superintendency, TMUMC, 7:00pm
May 29 Clergy Farewell Luncheon (for clergy and families)
May 30 Connectional Ministries, Wright's Chapel
June 30 DS Farewell/DS Welcome Event

Save the Date: Sunday, June 30 DS Farewell/DS Welcome, Wright's Chapel, 3 pm Everyone is invited!


District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Theodore Smith
DS Email: Cell: 540.419.5131

2019 District Co-Lay Lay Leader:

2019 District Co-Lay Leader:

Lay Servant Director: Rev. Kevin Elmore
Heartwood Director: Rev. Gayle Porias
Crossroads Minister: Rev. Mark Roscoe

District Secretary: Lynn Manley
Cell: 804.304.8566

Mailing Address: PO BOX 100, Ladysmith, VA 22501 Phone   804.448.8326     FAX        804.448.8328 
Office Location: Inside Wright’s Chapel UMC at 8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen, VA (do not use for mail)