The 241st session of the Virginia Annual Conference, to be held in Roanoke, VA, June 15-17, 2023, will be focused on the theme, United as One in Mission.

The theme is based on Acts 1:8b, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” NIV

VA Annual Conference 2023 logo- bird and sun and valley icon

Annual Conference Preparation Materials

The Virginia Conference has created a number of videos to help members to Annual Conference prepare for the 2023 meeting.

Annual Conference Orientation

Annual Conference Orientation took place on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

You can find the recording of that meeting HERE.

Several links were posted in the chat during that meeting to help you. We will list those below.


food donations

 #CollectingTogether:  Kits & Cans for Conference

AC Collection is one way to ‘Think Globally and Act Locally.’ For AC2023 the VAUMC is asking that districts collect kits and cans. We have several drop-off sites across the district to help your church participate in #collectingtogether.

Kits will be collected at the District Office. We have 4 locations collecting nonperishable goods. Each with its own list of most desired items. All nonperishable items collected will stay local and help neighbors in the Northern Virginia District.

We’ve put the locations on the map to help you find the one closest to you.

Use the chart below to find a location near you and to see the drop-off times and requested items. Please note the dates/times for dropoff as they vary by location. 

We will be collecting the three official UMCOR Relief Kits. Instructions on how to assemble the kits can be found below.

Please drop completed UMCOR Kits with Sarah Allen at the District Office (3600 Chainbridge Road, Fairfax)

Kits may be dropped off any time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. the week of June 5-8.

Instructions to pack UMCOR Kits

Clarendon UMC (606 N Irving St, Arlington, VA 22201) will be collecting nonperishable goods for their AFAC.

Items may be dropped off at Clarendon on Saturday, June 10, 9AM – 4PM.

Desired Items

  • heart healthy and low sodium tuna
  • beans
  • tomato products
  • soup
  • low sugar cereals




Community of Faith (13224 Franklin Farm Rd, Herndon, VA 20171) will be collecting nonperishable goods for their food pantry.

Items may be dropped off at Community of Faith in the large bins right outside the door of the church at any time. Volunteers are able to receive food Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. and Mondays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. 

Desired Items

  • pasta
  • rice
  • diced tomato
  • pasta sauce
  • tuna
  • black beans
  • cereal
  • canned vegetables
  • fruit cups

Any and all non-perishables are greatly appreciated.




Rising Hope Mission Church (8220 Russell Rd, Alexandria, VA 22309) will be collecting non perishable items. Items can be dropped off at Rising Hope Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m.- 11a.m. and between 9-10 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

Desired Items:

  • Shelf stable milk
  • Cooking oil
  • Baby formula
  • Diapers sizes 4-6
  • Wipes
  • Canned meat, especially chicken
  • Low sodium vegetables
  • No sugar added canned fruit
  • Low sodium soups
  • Spices

Note – For all canned foods, we prefer low sodium and no sugar added varieties, as well as pop-tops for our guests who may be experiencing homelessness.

St. Thomas UMC (8899 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20110) will be collecting nonperishable goods for their food pantry.

Items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 12 Noon Monday – Friday at St. Thomas.

 Desired Items:

  • Soups
  • canned tomato products
  • spaghetti sauce
  • canned tuna
  • peanut butter
  • canned fruits
  • canned beans (black beans, pinto beans, etc.)
  • oatmeal packets
  • any canned meals that are good to just heat and eat like ravioli, spaghetti, stew, etc.

We serve a lot of people living in hotel rooms that don’t have stoves, but can use microwaves.

May 6 Virtual Annual Conference Information

On May 6 a special virtual Annual Conference related to disaffiliation was held. Learn more here.