ALL ANNUAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION
For the first time in three years, nearly 1,000 South Georgia United Methodists will gather June 5-8 at The Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center to worship, fellowship, and discuss the future of the South Georgia Conference.
Meeting under the theme, “Great is Your Faithfulness,” attendees at the 2022 Annual Conference session will worship five times in four days, will see friends, and make new ones. It will be a homecoming of sorts, conference leaders said.
This year’s Annual Conference session will be marked by daily worship services. Much like annual church homecoming services celebrate and honor the life and ministry of the church, the worship services will celebrate and honor the life and ministries of the Conference.
Many South Georgians will recognize the conference’s opening worship service preacher, Bishop James R. Swanson. Bishop Swanson, who will preach Sunday evening, attended seminary in Atlanta and served as a pastor and District Superintendent in the South Georgia Conference until he was elected to the episcopacy in 2004. He now serves as the resident bishop of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Dr. Adriane Burgess, pastor of St. Mary’s Road UMC in Columbus, will preach during the Monday morning worship service; Rev. Teresa Edwards, associate pastor at Forest Hills United Methodist Church in Macon, will preach during the Tuesday morning worship service; and Rev. Daniel Medina, pastor of Nueva Vida United Methodist Church in Macon, associate pastor for Hispanic Ministries at Warner Robins First United Methodist Church, and associate director of Hispanic Ministries in the Office of Connectional Ministries, will preach during Wednesday morning’s worship service.
Five people will be ordained or commissioned Monday evening, June 6, and Bishop Graves will be the preacher for the service of ordination and commissioning. On Tuesday, June 7, the conference will recognize those retiring and, during the Memorial Service, celebrate the lives of South Georgia clergy and clergy spouses who have died during the past year. Rev. Bill Bagwell, senior pastor of Pittman Park United Methodist Church in Statesboro, will preach. All three worship services will be live streamed.
During the 2022 Annual Conference session, South Georgia United Methodists will have the opportunity to partner with the North Katanga Annual Conference through the opening worship service’s special offering, which has been designated to support the North Katanga Partnership. Offerings will help support two of the North Katanga Annual Conference’s ministries, Kamina Orphanage and Wings of the Morning Aviation.
“We are excited to once again put focus on our partnership with the North Katanga Annual Conference,” said Kelly Roberson, assistant to the Bishop and director of Conference Ministries/Communications. “These ministries – the Kamina Orphanage and the Wings of the Morning Aviation – are two examples of the great work being done in and through United Methodists all over the world. What an honor to be in ministry with them as they help those who need it most.”
Congregations are encouraged to send and present their offering during the opening worship service on June 5. Click here for additional and information and promotional materials.
In a recent South Georgia Advocate column, Bishop Graves encouraged South Georgia United Methodists to pray and anticipate God showing up.
“Get prayed up, my friends … For it is amazing what happens when God’s people show up.”
For more detailed information and a daily agenda, visit www.sgaumc.org/annualconference.