News and Events Happening in our District

 Bishop Lewis extends in-person worship cancellation
Following Governor Northam's stay-at-home executive order, Bishop Lewis has cancelled in-person worship for Virginia Conference churches until June 10. On June 11, further closures will be evaluated as Bishop Lewis and conference leaders continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation. If Governor Northam should rescind the stay-at-home order earlier, then the VAUMC will reevaluate church closures at that time, and we will announce any changes at that time.

 A letter from 
President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter has urged Christians to rely on the power of Easter to overcome the forces of death, division, darkness, and despair in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Click here to read the Bishop's entire letter.

Winchester District Office Reopening
As restrictions begin to ease in Virginia, the Winchester District office will resume working in the office as of May 11, 2020. 
Steve Summers, District Superintendent: or (804) 822-2824
Melanie Melester, District Administrator:
Chad Hrbek, District Director of Congregational Excellence:

Join Bishop Lewis at noon each day in prayer
The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (NIV) Prayer is essential to sustain our faith and Jesus Christ modeled a life of prayer.... I am very blessed to lead an annual conference that believes in the power of the petitioned prayer!
Please join me at 12 noon every day and pray the following prayer. Let us invoke the power of the Great Physician to do a mighty work in eradicating this disease all over the world.
Peace and Blessings,
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis

Almighty God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, We thank you for your blessings, past, present and future. You are our rock and the source of our hope in all things and at all times. As Jehovah Jireh, our provider God, we ask you this day to stretch out your mighty hand and eradicate from the face of the earth forever this virus called COVID-19 (coronavirus) that is spreading rapidly from continent to continent. We also pray that you, Jehovah Rapha, our healing God, would place your hand upon all of those who have been stricken by this virus and restore them to full health. Be with those who have lost loved ones and are grieving. Protect all who are caring for those with this virus and keep them from contracting it themselves. Calm our fears and provide us with your peace that surpasses all understanding. Strengthen us with the joy of the Lord and help us to hold firmly to the hope that only you can provide. Unify us that we, the Virginia Annual Conference, may be able to experience anew the promise of your presence in and through the unity of our faith, hope and trust in you in the days ahead and forever. We offer this prayer in the mighty name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. AMEN