Please join us in prayer for the upcoming special session of General Conference (February 23-26).

  • Praying Our Way Forward team unveils details of February 23 Day of Prayer
  • UMC Bishops prepare to preside at Special Session of General Conference
  • Meditations and prayer posts from the Praying Our Way Forward website
  • Four-minute prayers to pray each day from 2:23-2:26 PM each day (this time frame represents each of the four days of the special conference)
  • Follow the proceedings at the Special Session, and keep track of updates
  • Please pray for Bishop Bickerton and our NY Conference delegation:
    • Lay delegates: Fred Brewington, Gail Douglas Boykin, Jorge Lockward, and Dorothee Benz; Reserves are Tiffany French Goffe, Ann Craig, Roena Littlejohn, and Karen Prudente
    • Clergy delegates: Tim Riss, Noel Chin, Kristina Hansen, and Alex da Silva Souto; Reserves are Vicki Flippin, Sheila Beckford, Martha Vink and Sungchan Kim
    • Worship Team, led by Raymond Trapp, Stephanie Parsons, Linda Mellor, and Ximena Varas
Church's mission "is yet alive"

Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional ministries officer for the Connectional Table, wants to remind all United Methodists that once the special called General Conference ends, God will still be calling them to mission in the world. 

UM General Conference 2019: No "Way Forward" Without Listening to Queer Voices

Submitted by Pastor Jeff Wells at Church of the Village:

       The New York Annual Conference was the only conference in the worldwide UM connection to elect a new delegation for this special General Conference, with the explicit intent to give LGBTQI people agency in their own future. Then, the delegation itself elected two queer persons to lead – Jorge Lockward to head the delegation and Rev. Kristina Hansen to serve as vice chair.
     The United Methodist News Service is running a three-part blog series by queer United Methodists. The first two commentaries have been published on the UMNS website: 

In addition, the blog site Hacking Christianity is hosting a queer delegate blog series. The first two have been published: 

Upcoming Opportunities

February: Black History Month.  Free Social Media Shareables available from UM Communications
Special Session of General Conference: 2/23-2/26
2020 Budget Hearings: 3/9
Special Called Annual Conference: 3/16
(SUNY Purchase College)
Missional Community Engagement Forum with Kenda Creasy Dean: 5/4 
Annual Conference - June 6-9, 2019The New York Annual Conference Worship team is looking for lay people with the gift of healing to be part of this year's healing team. The candidates must be present at the New York Annual Conference in June 2019 and be willing to attend one training session on June 1st at the conference center.  
For more information and to sign up please email Ximena Varas at

Job Opportunities through the New York Conference

  • Conference Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

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NYAC Camps are celebrating our annual Camping Sunday on March 3, 2019. So many of you have experienced first hand the remarkable effect that camping has on lives.  Making camp available to every child depends on your  generosity...Please consider making a donation so that Quinipet and Kingswood continue touching the lives of others the way we hope it touched yours! 

“Camp is a beautiful experience that has the power to alter a child's life. I know this to be true as I was a camper for four summers, and they were the most transformative and amazing weeks of my life to date. A quality faith-based camp acts as a catalyst towards childhood success and individual acceptance of themselves and their faith.”   --Counselor

Packages will be mailed to all local UMC churches in the coming weeks. The resources found in these packets will also be available to congregations online at Stop by soon for video resources, flyers, bulletin insert and a special children's sermon.

Summer Camp Registration is underway! For our 72nd season, Quinipet is offering seven weeks of Overnight Camp beginning June 30th, and eight weeks of Day Camp and Community Sailing programs beginning July 1st. To learn more about Quinipet's dynamic programming visit our NEW WEBSITE and join us for one of our spring Open Houses - all are welcome!
Saturday, April 6, 1-4 pm
Saturday, May 4, 1-4 pm
Saturday, June 15, 10-1 pm

Kingswood’s hosting our first Winter Weekend!! We are calling on youth ages 11-17 to join us at our beautifully restored farmhouse for a fun-filled weekend of games, hot cocoa, sledding and more! The weekend will be held from Friday March 1st- Sunday March 3rd, and will be supervised by former Woodsmoke counselors as well as a certified first aider.
Visit our website at for more information and to register


Abundant Health – Hulapaloozas
    March 9: Tremont UMC 
    March 30: Huntington-Cold Spring UMC 
For more information contact Wendy Vencuss (
Early Response Team Trainings
   February 23: First UMC, Jamaica, Queens
   April 6: Tremont UMC, Bronx   
On-line registration is available and required
Hurricane Irma (Central Florida) Recovery Teams
   March 16 – 23
      Team (1) Lead: Terry Temple (filled)
      Team (2) Lead: Jud Ramacher
Contact Missions Office ( for information and application
Haiti Dental Team (additional dentist and hygienist needed)
   March 24 to 31
   Contact Missions Office ( for information and application
Puerto Rico Recovery Teams
   April 4 – 11   NYAC Team: Rev Craig Fitzsimmons, Team Leader
        Contact Missions Office ( for information and application             
   June 22 – 29: CT District Team: Rev Alpher Sylvester, Team Leader
          Registration and applications: Jill Wilson (



Lent & Easter Resources from Practical Resources for Churches

Holy Habits Resource Booklets now available

"These resources, which include an introductory guide, have been developed to help churches explore the holy habits in a range of contexts and live them out in whole-life, missional discipleship."

If your church would like a set of these resources, please contact Carol Merante (cmerante@ in Congregational Development.  Cost is $50 for one set of eleven (11) booklets.  Please make checks payable to NYAC, and put "HH Resources" in the memo.  Send checks to NYAC, 20 Soundview Avenue, White Plains NY 10606, ATTN: Carol Merante.  Please also include mailing information.

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We strive to share God’s love by creating safe places where all are accepted and welcomed, connecting the needs of people to the presence of God, and transforming the world through Christ.

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