All youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 29 are invited to join a life-changing pilgrimage to Taizé, France, a place which is filled with deep Christian spirituality and broad ecumenism. This weeklong experience will be led by our own Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar! Pastors are requested to identify pilgrims, and local churches of the New England Annual Conference are encouraged to pay the cost of the pilgrimage experience. This is a unique investment in spiritual development which will provide personal, church, and conference benefits for years to come.
The Board of Laity has announced it will host a virtual Laity Session. More details will be shared about this event as plans come together. Virtual AC 2020
Celebrating Small Churches Panel Discussion and Group Conversation This gathering may be held by Zoom depending on health restrictions at that time. We will keep you informed. As more clergy appointments become half-time or less, our local churches increasingly rely on leadership from lay people. Several part-time or local pastors from Vermont churches, as well as author, Pastor G. Jeffrey Macdonald (“Part-Time Is Plenty”), are anticipated panelists. They will cover such topics such as: what do small churches do well? what advantages do small churches have over large ones? how can small churches manage both pastoral and lay needs and expectations? Questions from Zoom attendees will be solicited and discussed by the panelists during the latter half of the workshop. Expect to hear more information in August regarding registration for this event. Join the conversation! All are welcome. Sponsored by the Vermont District Lay Ministry Group
May 6, 2020 This one-day virtual session of the 2020 New England Annual Conference will care for the necessary business of the Annual Conference as outlined in the Book of Discipline. The Annual Conference Agenda Committee has extended the deadline for submitting new and/or revised proposed 2020 legislation and for submitting reports to Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. The publication of the Pre-Conference Materials will follow; no later than Sept. 17, 2020. We will be providing updates and new information as plans develop. Watch this page and our e newsletters for more. This year’s Annual Conference will be a new experience for all of us, and we know that there will be quite a bit of learning and adapting to do. We will do our best to communicate clearly and often about what’s coming. Patience and grace will be blessings to all of us as we move forward. Read more from the Sessions Team
The theme for this year’s meeting is Justice. More event details will be added as they become available.
Dates are approximately 12/27/20-1/15/21 The Mission of Peace (MOP) is a yearly journey of discovery and shalom to nations in our global community sponsored by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Council on Youth Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Each year, every Annual Conference in the jurisdiction may select up to four high school youth to share in this experience. Youth have visited China, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Nicaragua, Guyana and Cuba as well as Russia and Eastern Europe. It is primarily a people-to-people experience in which we learn from our hosts how they live as disciples of Jesus Christ in their country. It is a journey of discovering God’s Shalom. Each youth who journeys on the Mission of Peace must raise the money to support his/her MOP and is expected to share their experience at least five times upon returning.