Plans for Conference 2020

 

 

Current regulations to limit the spread of Coronavirus mean that Conference is not going to be able to meet physically in October as we had hoped.

There will instead be a short meeting of the Conference on 7th October 2020 at 10am online.  Proposals as to how the work of the Conference will be progressed through this Connexional year will be brought to that meeting for approval and Members of Conference are already aware of the details

The Agenda for the meeting of Conference on 7th October online is as follows;

1.    The Proposal that Conference delegate its power to the General Committee as outlined
2.    Reception of the Ordinands into Full Connexion
3.    The announcement of the result of the vote for the President designate (the vote having been taken previously electronically)
4.    The appointment of the General Committee for the 2020/2021 Connexional year
5.    The Resolution, which came to Conference in 2019 as a Notice of motion which refers to changes to Section V of the Constitution (p34 2019 Minutes of Conference)


Subject to the approval of item one the General Committee will begin its work programme on 8th October 2020 and work through the Conference Agenda in a number of meetings spread across the Connexional year.


In order that we do not lose sight of the inspiration, vision setting and encouragement which God often brings through Conference it is proposed to have a number of special Connexional gatherings, meetings and services online during the year. These will include;

  • Connexional Prayer meetings (like the one which took place on 24th August) 
  • A Pastoral Efficiency Webinar: led by John Alderdice and open to all
  • Consecration of the President as Episcopal Minister: A live streamed service with a larger gathering physically present in one of our larger church buildings. It is planned that this will also include acknowledgement of the ministry of those ministers who have died in the previous Connexional year.            ​
  • A celebration of Ministry: inc Retirement Tributes, updates from Team on Mission and others (The Lay Leader will preach at this service)
  • An Ordination Service to take place in a large venue, limited to a small number of worshippers and live streamed. 

More details will be provided in the coming weeks and anyone requiring more information should contact Rev Dr Heather Morris, Secretary of Conference: secretary@irishmethodist.org 

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