annual conference logoThe 2022 Annual Conference session will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 16 to noon on Saturday, June 18, in person, at the Hampton Convention Center based on

John 4:24 (CEB):

“God is spirit, and it is necessary to worship God in spirit and truth.”



Annual Conference Orientation
Sunday, June 12 at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m., we will hold Annual Conference Orientation. Delegates from all Arlington and Alexandria churches as well as District At-Large Delegates should plan to attend.

This event will take place at Christ Church in Fairfax Station.

REGISTER for AC Orientation

Kits & Cans

Annual Conference 2022: Kits and Cans Is Back!

This popular mission opportunity has been part of Annual Conferences for many years. But with the switch to virtual during the pandemic, each District was asked to organize its own individual Kits and Cans collections for local distribution. And until recently, UMCOR has stopped receiving Kits.

Here’s the good news for Annual Conference 2022.

First, Kits and Cans will keep the new local approach for collecting cans of food and other designated items. Many congregations told us they prefer this. In Arlington/Alexandria last year, we had five collections sites at churches around the District, and each one determined which items to collect for local distribution. We will be getting out more information soon on locations, what to collect, and when.

Second, UMCOR is open for business again. Congregations who participate should start planning to assemble Cleaning and Hygiene Kits for drop-off at our District collection sites. Kits will be transported to Mission Central, a collection hub for UMCOR in Mechanicsburg, PA, or the smaller collection hub in Culpepper. We will be coordinating about this with the collection sites.

Third, based on lessons learned last year, Kits and Cans will be more flexible. Collections can take place at District collection sites 1-2 weeks before Conference. See Collection sites and times below!

Thank you to Rev. RJ Jun and the Conference serve ministry for organizing this hybrid approach to Kits and Cans. This is exciting. Our District congregations can help meet local needs AND support the UMCOR ministry that has done so much good at disaster sites across the U.S. and worldwide.

Got questions? We’ll get answers. Contact Kenn Speicher, 703-328-2607


Collection Sites

Please note: we hope to add two additional locations, stay tuned!

Clarendon UMC

606 N Irving St, Arlington, VA 22201

June 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)

AFAC is most in need of the following low sugar & low sodium items:

  • Canned tuna
  • Canned soups
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Peanut butter (in plastic jars)
  • Cereal

Please do not donate foods that are opened, expired, prepared meals, or packaged in glass. AFAC also does not accept ice packs, Styrofoam coolers, or plastic bags as donations.

When choosing items to donate, look for labels that read: low sodium, no salt added, no sugar added, unsweetened, 100% fruit juice, etc.

 This location is taking UMCOR Kits


Rising Hope Mission Church

8220 Russell Rd, Alexandria, VA 22309

June 4, 10 a.m. – NOON


for Rising Hope (food pantry and homeless ministry)

Rising Hope – Milk and Honey Food Pantry
General non-perishable food items needed. Avoid glass containers.


  • Canned meat- tuna, canned chicken, ravioli, canned soups with meat, non-meatless soups
  • Rice- 50-100lbs bags (food pantry volunteers will bag in sandwich baggies)
  • Canned tomatoes and pasta sauce
  • Cereal and oatmeal
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned veggies
  • Dry beans- pinto, black eye peas, lima, navy, black beans, kidney
  • Assorted pasta
  • Condiments
  • Coffee & tea
  • Juice
  • Granola bars & cereal bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Sugar & flour

For Homeless Clients:

  • Sardines, spam, Vienna sausages, tuna in packages
  • Microwave soups & roman noodles (cup)
  • Single size cereal & oatmeal (in cups)
  • Crackers
  • Mac & cheese (in cups)
  • Granola bars & cereal bars
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Fruit snacks
  • Fruit cups

Burke UMC

6200 Burke Centre Pkwy, Burke, VA 22015

Weekdays, June 1 -10, 9 -3
Weekends, June 4 and 11, 10-12

for BurkeGivesBack Community Co-op, ECHO, & Rising Hope

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene products
  • Diapers

This location is taking UMCOR Kits

BOOK SALE on June 11 (people dropping off items can buy books!)

Floris UMC

13600 Frying Pan Rd, Herndon, VA 20171

June 1-12
in the Blue Bins

for South Lakes Food Pantry & She Believes In Me

  • Peanut butter
  • Crackers
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Dry pasta, rice, and beans
  • Canned meat, beans, vegetables, and fruit
  • Cereal, oatmeal & granola bars
  • Cooking oil (smaller bottles)
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body & hand soap
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Cleaning products & sponges (Lysol, Ajax, bleach etc.)
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins
  • Sanitary napkins

St. Thomas UMC

13600 Frying Pan Rd, Herndon, VA 20171

June 1-10
Wooden Bin for Drop-Offs

for St. Thomas Food Pantry

  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Whole Tomatoes
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Corn
  • Green Beans

Save the Date: Special Called Annual Conference — October 29

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 9:30 a.m., a Special Annual Conference will be held virtually. The sole purpose of this Special Session Called Annual Conference is to ratify the disaffiliation of local churches seeking to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church over matters of human sexuality.  Paragraph 2553 of the Book of Discipline governs this process.  All approvals and agreements under this process must be completed by September 30, 2022, to be considered at the October 29, 2022, Special Session Called Annual Conference.  Dates of additional Called Annual Conferences for this purpose will be available in the near future.

Additional material about the session will be forthcoming. More information about disaffiliation is on the conference website at Questions may be directed to the Rev. Dr. Steve Summers.