York River District Events

Mark your calendars! We are building the leadership team to host this training and need at least three more adult speakers and a praise band. Prayerfully consider joining this effort and sharing this opportunity with your youth. 
If you feel called to speak contact me:
Leah McGlynn |  757.596.3476 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a 10-hour course.

We will start on Sunday about 3 pm and will finish on Monday about noon after a lock-in. Leaders help us scope this effort by letting us know early if you plan to bring your group. We might need to move to a local retreat center if our numbers are sufficiently large.

Event Date 01-14-2018 3:00 pm
Event End Date 01-15-2018 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date 10-01-2017
Cut off date 01-08-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 0
Individual Price $30.00

Clergy Gathering - Thursday, January 18th @ 9am at Crooks Memorial UMC 

204 Cook Road, Yorktown

The purpose of our ongoing gatherings is to further equip clergy to provide positive leadership in the midst of “times like these.”

Topic for Jan. 18th:  How to lead congregations to reach healthy resolution for difficult issues.  

Our first hour together will give the option of 2 sessions:

1) For those who have completed the "Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory."  (During Nov's gathering OR in one of the "Transforming Conflict" Workshops OR in another setting).  This will be led by Garry Livermon.

Participants for this are asked to bring some reflections on their inventory results.  Consider:  

     i.) Where you are on road to perfection (collaboration)

     ii.) How you can help your congregation to take the same journey

     iii) How what you've learned can help you lead others in collaboration.

2) Those who have yet to complete the "Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory."  We will complete the tool and reflect upon it.  This will be led by Lisa Barbery.

Our second hour will have us all together for a discussion and exploration facilitated by Tom Tipton and Hank Teague.  This time will include several resources, thoughts, and questions as we explore how to lead congregations to reach healthy resolution in the midst of difficult issues.

Book Study:  We are inviting ALL clergy to read the book, "Anatomy of Peace."  Copies for purchase will be available on Jan. 18th or you can secure on your own.

Our Jan 18th gathering and recommended Book Study are in preparation for upcoming event(s) we are planning (for clergy and laity) that will explore how to "have the conversation" within our congregations as we approach General Conference 2019.  We are looking at a few guest speakers to be a part of these events.

BOOK EXCHANGE:  It's been suggested that at our gatherings, those wishing to pass along resources may do so at a "Book Table."  Simply bring your books and place on the table.  Items can be reviewed and taken by anyone in attendance.  However, if your item is still on the table at the end of the event we ask that you take it home with you.

Event Date 01-18-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 01-18-2018 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date 12-13-2017
Cut off date 01-17-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 1
Individual Price Free

Vitality LayLeader




 Lay Leadership in the Local Church

This course will review these important issues listed and many more. It will be a time of conversation about your call in ministry and the local church.

  Who Represents the lay people?
  Who Strengthens ministries that build discipleship?
  Who Assists in advising of opportunities available and needs expressed?
  Who Celebrates the ministry of the laity?
  Who Meets regularly with the pastor?
  Who Continues in involvement in study and training?
  Who Informs laity of training opportunities?

Come lets learn together.

Event Date 01-20-2018 10:00 am
Event End Date 01-20-2018 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date 12-11-2017
Cut off date 01-19-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 0
Individual Price Free

Stewardship1 2

Rev. Stephen Clark, President of the Virginia United Methodist Foundation, will be leadining the training on Stewardship.

The training will be on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at First UMC in Newport News.

Event Date 02-01-2018 6:00 pm
Event End Date 02-01-2018 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 12-12-2017
Cut off date 01-31-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 0
Individual Price Free

Chat and Chew 2

With Bishop Sharma Lewis and the Districts of Eastern Shore, Elizabeth River, James River, and York River

Date:     Saturday, February 17, 2018

Time:     8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Ebenezer UMC (1589 Steeple Drive, Suffolk, VA 23433)

Check in begins at 8:15 a.m. Session starts at 9:00 a.m. and concludes with lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

Guided by God's Spirit, Bishop Lewis has discerned that the emphasis for the Chat and Chew 2.0 will focus on the work of The Commission on the Way Forward regarding unity and human sexuality, allowing lay and clergy voices across the conference to engage directly in this conversation.

Questions to engage in conversations:

  1. In our diverse and global existence, what is the shared mission/purpose of the Church?
  2. Is there a proactive way for us to live together in our differences that doesn't presume that we will resolve our differences? What would it be?
  3. What might be a form of unity that would empower us living together?
  4. What is our witness and what can be our witness to the world in relation to our differences?
  5. Which voices are missing from your conversation? How will you hear them?

Registration and Lunch are free but due to space limiations at Ebenezer UMC, the event is open to the first 100 persons per District.

Child care will be provided.

Event Date 02-17-2018 8:15 am
Event End Date 02-17-2018 1:30 pm
Registration Start Date 12-13-2017
Cut off date 01-05-2018
Capacity 100
Registered 0
Available place 100
Individual Price Free

Believe That

Marc Brown, Director of Connectional Ministries will be leading the training - "We Believe That?"

   What is unique about Wesleyan Theology?

   This workshop will focus on the beliefs structure that provides the foundation for mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Event Date 03-11-2018 3:00 pm
Event End Date 03-11-2018 5:30 pm
Registration Start Date 12-11-2017
Cut off date 03-08-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 0
Individual Price Free

Fresh Expressions

This workshop will present information about “Fresh Expressions” which is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations in order to reach a changing world.  At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about empowering and equipping God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our society.

Event Date 04-08-2018 3:00 pm
Event End Date 04-08-2018 5:30 pm
Registration Start Date 12-11-2017
Cut off date 03-08-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 0
Individual Price Free

Social Media

Ideal for Beginners to social media as well as those with more expertise.

For churches ready to delve into the world of social media, or ready for new ideas, this workshop will look at some of the social media platforms and how they can work for your church. Having an online presence is integral in this digital age as well as understanding what social platforms make the most sense for your ministries and church demographics.

Event Date 04-22-2018 3:00 pm
Event End Date 04-22-2018 5:30 pm
Registration Start Date 12-11-2017
Cut off date 04-19-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 0
Individual Price Free