2022 North Alabama Annual Conference will gather in person on June 22-24

May 24, 2022

The 2022 North Alabama Conference will gather in person on June 22-24 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Conference members and guests will gather under the theme "Disciples Celebrating Discipleship" based on Acts 2:46-47.

All Annual Conference activities will take place at the Von Braun Center. Due to construction, Conference will not meet in North Hall as it has in the past. Instead, this year's Annual Conference will gather in South Hall — the larger convention hall between North Hall and the Embassy Suites hotel. Mission displays, District Check-in tables and Registration Services will be visible when traveling through the main corridor.

There are numerous parking options around the Von Braun Center, including a large parking deck directly below South Hall, with easy access to the Annual Conference meeting space by elevator. For more parking information, see https://www.umcna.org/ac22parking.
 

Schedule

District Check-in will open on Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m. the Clergy Executive Session will follow at 4 p.m. Annual Conference will officially open Wednesday at 7 p.m. with Opening Worship and the Service of Licensing, Commissioning and Ordination. Thursday and Friday will feature worship, learning and business sessions. The schedule for each of those days is 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Due to a printer error, printed PreConference Books did not include the Tentative Schedule on the inside front cover. The schedule and a venue map of South Hall can be downloaded and printed here.
 

Make Reservations by May 31

The deadline to purchase meal tickets, make hotel reservations, and register a child or grandchild to participate in Kids Camp or childcare is May 31.
 

Meals

Annual Conference participants are encouraged to eat at the Von Braun Center to have more opportunities to fellowship with others.

Lunch will be available in the Cafeteria on Thursday and Friday. Meal tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.

There are also two special meals planned at the Von Braun Center. The COSROW Breakfast will be Thursday morning. The Laity Breakfast will be Friday morning. Clergy and Laity are invited to take part in both of those events. The cost is $13, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Additional groups are also planning special meals. To participate, contact the group leader.
 

Kids Camp and Childcare

Kids Camp is one of the most exciting parts of Annual Conference each year. It is open to children three through those who have completed sixth grade. This year, due to the venue change at the Von Braun, Conference won't have access to the space Kids Camp used in the past. This year Kids Camp will take place at Center Grove UMC. It is only 12 minutes from the Von Braun Center. Transportation will be available.

Childcare is also available during the Service of Licensing, Commissioning and Ordination on Wednesday night and the Celebration of Life Service on Friday afternoon. Childcare will also take place at Center Grove UMC.

There will be an on-site nursery for children under three at the Von Braun Center.

All children taking part in Kids Camp, childcare or nursery must be registered by May 31. This allows the Kids Camp team to plan properly to ensure there are enough workers to meet Safe Sanctuaries standards and enough supplies and snacks for everyone to participate fully!

For more information see https://www.umcna.org/ac22childcare.
 

Worship

Worship is always a special part of Annual Conference. Annual Conference will open on Wednesday night with Opening Worship and the Service of Ordination, Commissioning and Licensing. During this time the Conference will celebrate new clergy.

Thursday and Friday will start with morning worship. This year, the guest teacher is Bishop David Graves, who serves as the Resident Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and the South Georgia Conference. He will focus on the theme of Disciples Celebrating Discipleship.

Annual Conference will close on Friday afternoon with Closing Worship, the fixing of appointments and the Celebration of Life Service.
 

Business and Electronic Voting

During business plenary sessions this year, Annual Conference will use the same electronic voting system used during the 2020 and 2021 virtual Annual Conferences.

Each voting member will need to bring an internet-connected device with a web browser. This can be a cellphone, tablet or laptop. There will be free wi-fi available in South Hall. Churches are asked to help ensure their clergy and lay members have devices to use during Annual Conference. Since each member has a unique voter ID, members can share a device to cast their votes during business sessions. Tellers will be trained to assist members who need technical help.

Voting members will get their unique voting ID by email on June 20. To ensure the voter ID is delivered, members should please make sure the Annual Conference has a current, valid email address on file. Members who are receiving informational emails about Annual Conference are go-to-go. If a member has not received an email, they should contact their District Office to update their email address.

On Monday, June 13 at 6 p.m., there will be an online training on the electronic voting system. Members will receive more information by email.
 

Member Orientation

If you are attending Annual Conference for the first time, an online, self-paced Member Orientation will be available on the conference website by the end of May. Members should watch their email inbox for more information.
 

Clergy Pictorial Directory

All clergy are invited to participate in a Pictorial Directory this year. A pictorial directory is an important tool in keeping the connection in the North Alabama Conference. Remember Church Directories will produce the directory. Each clergyperson photographed will receive a complimentary 8x10 photograph and a free directory. Photographs will be taken in the South Hall on Wednesday 2-4 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-noon.
 

Special Offering: Love & Support for Ukrainian Refugees

This year’s Annual Conference special offering will support United Methodist Churches in the Baltics providing care and assistance for Ukrainian refugees.

This is an excellent opportunity for North Alabama to partner with friends and churches it has been working with for the last three decades to help Ukrainian Refugees in their great time of need. The offering will be given through The Advance, which guarantees 100% will go toward this ministry cause.

There are resources congregations can use to promote this year’s offering - videos, graphics, prayers, acts of worship, fund-raising ideas and other information available at https://www.umcna.org/ac22specialoffering.
 

More information about the 2022 North Alabama Annual Conference is available at www.umcna.org/ac2022.

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