This year all worship services and times of special recognition will happen during the June 5 Annual Conference meeting.
This year the Annual Conference opening worship will include the Service of Ordination, Commissioning and Licensing.
During this Service the Conference will ordain and commission new Deacons and Elders and celebrate the licensing of new Local Pastors. North Alabama will also commission a Deaconess to full-time mission-oriented service. The office of Deaconess and Home Missioner, a division of United Methodist Women, “enables laity to respond to a vocational call to be Christ in the world through consecration for lifetime servant ministries of love, justice and service.”
The Celebration of Life Service is a time for the Annual Conference to remember and give thanks for the lives and ministries of those clergy and clergy spouses who have died in the last year. The Annual Conference will close with the traditional Fixing of Clergy Appointments for the next year.