AC 15 Worship

The 2015 North Alabama Annual Conference will be a powerful opportunity for North Alabama United Methodists to experience God’s grace together. This year’s Annual Conference will be a 48-hour worship experience during which participants hear reports, conduct business, experience times of learning and share testimonies of ministry.

Here are some special acts of worship the Conference will experience together.

Opening Worship

Sunday, May 31, 2015 • 4:30 p.m. • Bill Battle Coliseum
Bishop Michael Watson, preaching

The Opening Worship will serve as the Call to Worship for the 48-hour worship experience. The theme is “Called by God to a Common Ministry.” All people are called by God into a common ministry. The call is recognized and celebrated in the community of faith through the sacrament of baptism.

Memorial Service

Monday, June 1, 2015 • 2 p.m. • Bill Battle Coliseum
Dr. Andrew Wolfe, preaching

The Memorial Service is a holy time of remembrance for the faithful service of clergy and clergy spouses who were received on the other side of eternity since the previous year’s Annual Conference. Families of the deceased join members of the Annual Conference to celebrate the life and resurrection of their loved ones.

Service of Ordination, Commissioning and Licensing

Monday, June 1, 2015 • 7:30 p.m • Canterbury United Methodist Church
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, preaching

This beautifully liturgical service is rooted deeply in the traditions of Methodism. The congregation will join the Bishop and Cabinet, the Board of Ordained Ministry and all the clergy of The North Alabama Conference in affirming persons as they accept God’s call to serve in the representative ministry of the church.

Directions to Canterbury UMC (350 Overbrook Road, Birmingham AL 35213)

  • Leaving the BSC campus turn left on Arkadelphia Road.
  • At the bottom of the hill, take I-20E/59N toward downtown Birmingham.
  • At the first exit (#124A) take I-65 South.
  • Travel for 6.6 miles.
  • Take the Lakeshore Drive exit (#255)
  • At the top of the exit turn left on to Lakeshore Drive.
  • Travel east on Lakeshore Drive toward Homewood/Mountain Brook for 5 miles
    Landmark Notes: After passing Brookwood Mall on your right you will cross under US-280. The road now
    becomes Mountain Brook Parkway. Continue straight to the second traffic light past the US-280 intersection.
  • Turn left onto Overbrook Road.
  • Canterbury UMC is on the left after approximately 1/2 mile.

Closing and Sending Forth Service

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 • 3:30 p.m. • Bill Battle Coliseum
Bishop Michael Watson, preaching

During the Sending Forth Service the congregation will recognize that we each are sent into the world to bear fruit for
Jesus Christ. Spiritual leaders are sent to plant and nurture communities of faith. With their communities, these leaders go
into the world to bear fruit for Jesus Christ.


Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.